7Horse \\ THE START
7Horse began as a hypothetical: What if, longtime band mates Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt thought, we bury our musical past and see if we can re-discover rock ’n’ roll? That question was explored in bold fashion on their 2011 debut “Let the 7Horse Run,” 2014’s Songs For Voodoo Wedding and 2016’s Livin in a Bitch of a World, and now the duo is doing it again with an even deeper sense of purpose on their upcoming release, SUPERFECTA (due 2018).
SUPERFECTA was drafted in late 2017 as Calio and Leavitt exchanged riffs, lyrics and song sketches while touring across the United States, and via iPhone from their homes in Seattle and Los Angeles, respectively. The songs are built on images and observations of the world around us; themes of money, love, death, and the importance of music. Those ideas in hand, the pair gathered with partner Dave Way, the Grammy-winning producer who has worked with many including Beck, Ben Folds, Michael Jackson, Foo Fighters, Paul McCartney and Pink, for studio sessions in the Hollywood Hills from October 2017 through April 2018. The resulting album features cinematic and anthemic songs that give voice to the questions of today and raise a glass to our ability to overcome.
It was during the time between albums that 7Horse received the phone call that would change their lives —— at least, the life of their new project. It was from a representative of director Martin Scorsese, saying that the single “Meth Lab Zoso Sticker” was being considered for use in the film The Wolf of Wall Street. The song ended up in the movie, as well as in the trailer and on the official soundtrack released by Universal Music Group. “ There’s a certain level of validation when Martin Scorsese thinks your song is good enough for his movie,” Calio says. “That was the proverbial shot in the arm. We weren't looking for it, but we had done everything right. We'd worked our asses off. And sometimes stuff like that comes to you."
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