Nick Long and Travis Hild of Lonely Horse
After electioneering enough votes to enter into a qualifying battle of the bands, SA duo Lonely Horse won the final round for Brooklyn’s Afropunk festival (August 23-24). With a prize of $3,000, Lonely Horse will now have an opening slot at Afropunk, featuring D’Angelo, Shabazz Palaces, Trash Talk and SZA among headliners.
As the only out-of-state band in the finals, Lonely Horse seemed like an outside bet for the festival, which focuses largely on hip-hop and electronic music. But the emotive and esoteric pairing of guitarist/frontman Nick Long and drummer Travis Hild brings a powerful stage presence, as any SA band that’s had to follow up the duo knows. Simple, strong and unwavering, Lonely Horse’s pounding rock is not something to be ignored.
From the Lonely Horse Facebook page:
"So we wanted to wait till the morning to let you guys know that last night we won 2014 Afropunk battle of the bands! Words cant describe how much each and every one of you means to us, we felt all the prayers and good energy and sweet vibes you sent us through out this journey. None of this would be possible with out you and we are so proud to Rep the great SA out here in NY. The greatest things to come. Through all the obstacles we've had along the way starting from nothing and making it to where we are today is really huge for us. We promise to stay humble and awkward and never let you down. Forever let the music rest inside of you. Let the craziness begin! Please share like you just don't care. Let's let them know how family rolls out here in Texas."