dead horse's Michael Haaga live at last year's Axiom reunion at Fitzgerald's Photo by Tom Fool
Whenever we go out to cover a venue for Nightfly, usually our favorite part of the night is starting up conversations with strangers. Recently at the White Swan, one of the guys that we talked to was this middle-aged white guy in some khaki shorts (we think) and a sleeveless shirt. He had this really spastic look about him; sorta bouncing all over. He may have been high, or he may just have naturally creepy eyes. Who knows?
But after about five minutes of talking to him, he gave us a tip, saying that dead horse, the wildly popular, long-defunct local metal band who dubbed their hillbilly thrash “horsecore,” was getting together to do an unadvertised show somewhere in Pasadena. He asked us if we wanted to go; naturally we said yes.
This guy said he was going to find out exactly when the show was, and literally ran out the front door. We didn’t see him again for about 15 minutes. Then, during the intermission before Jim Jones Jamboree’s set, he came flying back in the front door.
He walked over to the table we were sitting at and sat about 4 feet away from us. He then proceeded to ignore us for the rest of the night. We were just sitting there, like, “What the hell?” Try as we might, he wouldn’t talk to us again.
At the end of JJJ’s show, the drummer threw his sticks into the crowd and Creepy Eyes Guy swooped in, grabbed one and then ran out again. We never saw him again. If anyone out there knows this guy, or you are Creepy Eyes Guy, please contact us. The whole story has been driving us nuts for the past two weeks. Thanks.
Also, according to the band's MySpace page, dead horse is due to release a DVD this year. – Shea Serrano