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Ancient Warfare were once the girls who smoked behind the high school gym. They were from distant shores; they spoke in code. They borrowed your brother’s Velvets records and talked about bands you wanted to know. They weren’t going to stay too long. They buried themselves in drones of words and found guitars, mapping an intimate apocalypse along the way.
Based in Lexington, KY, with roots in both Savannah, GA and the California coast, Ancient Warfare are currently promoting their Spring 2015 debut release with Alias Records, The Pale Horse. Over the course of several emotional and creative years, Ancient Warfare worked with producer/engineer, Duane Lundy of Shangri-La Productions (Vandaveer, Ben Sollee/ Daniel Martin Moore/ Jim James; Dear Companion, Freakbass) to attain what is The Pale Horse. Since 2011, the band has developed a fierce reputation for hard work and dynamic performance, sharing stages with artists such as Raveonettes, Richard Buckner, The War on Drugs, Chelsea Wolfe, Scout Niblett, Mr. Gnome and Lucius. Ancient Warfare’s live show flows from hushed harmony vocals to austere, tube-driven waves of sound.
Throughout The Pale Horse, singer/guitarist Echo Wilcox voices a vast landscape: last trials and bones, visions and paths to gold. Her lyrics are shared secrets, fevered dreams – all anchored by violinist Rachael Yanarella (Oh My Me), multi-instrumentalist Emily Hagihara (Chico Fellini, Jim James, and solo work), and recently recruited bassist Derek Rhineheimer (Oh My Me)
At home in both club/theater settings and small fine arts spaces, Ancient Warfare's textured sound combines delicate myth making with intense, cinematic rock n' roll.