Robbie Horlick has always exhibited a throaty howl of a voice. But while he surrounds it in indie rock with his band the Cassavetes, he opts for indie folk, acoustic guitars and a male-female vocal pairing with Atlanta’s Book Club. The quintet’s new EP, Shapes On The Water, is being released November 13 for free to anyone who signs up for the band’s mailing list, but today you can download EP track “Oh! You Lied,” sung by Horlick and Leigh Anne Macquarrie, below. You’ll also find some emailed words from Horlick on Book Club v. Cassavetes, book club v. Book Club and reading suggestions.
What do you get to do with this side project that you don’t get to express in Cassavetes?
Cassavetes is an experimental indie-rock band. While everything is built around a skeletal idea, the songs can sometimes be obscured by our textures and experimentation. The opposite is true of Book Club. No delays, no effects, no obfuscation. Though we may orchestrate our music with cello, violin, upright bass, pedal steel and banjo, etc., at the heart we sing folk songs, and we recognize that lyrics, melody and harmony should be at the core.
What’s the best part of being in a book club?
It’s funny, I’ve never actually been in a book club. Maybe I spend too much time with the band Book Club that joining a group that actually reads and discusses books would just confuse things. Or maybe it’s because I’ve never been invited to join one. Either way, I’m not sure, but from what I hear, the best part of being in a book club is what you talk about when you’re not talking about the book. And the pastries and wine.
What’s the best part of being in Book Club?
With Book Club we let the song dictate its own direction. Everyone understands his or her place in the arrangement, and it’s not about volume wars. Our senses of harmony and dynamics are so cohesive that everything develops pretty organically, and no matter how much is going on in any given song, you can always make out every part.
Have you read anything good lately?
I have! I’ve been on a rock-autobiography kick lately, and I’ve read great (and so-so) books by Ace Frehley, Duff McKagen, Steven Tyler, Patti Smith, Mike Doughty, Randy Bachman, Don Felder (of the Eagles), Dean Wareham, Keith Richards and Rob Lowe (not rock and roll, but in a way, kind of). Other than that, I read a lot of modern fiction and recently really enjoyed The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt and The Goodbye Kiss by Massimo Carlotto.