Mythological Horses is a garage rock band from Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, founded in Anchorage in 2005. The band consists of Shawn Holley (guitar and vocals), and Jest Commons (formerly of The Moldy Peaches, drums).
Mythological Horses has released one full studio album on Hovercraft Records, plus multiple EPs and singles on various other record labels. They have continually toured the United States since 2005, playing and headlining at many festivals, most notably the New York Antifolk Festival in 2010.
Mythological Horses first came about in the mid 1990s when founder Shawn Holley and his childhood friend Chris Vanbibber began writing and performing songs. Both age 16, they started playing the punk/coffee house scene in Anchorage, Alaska under the name Churpbleepuh. Drawing heavily on such influences as Nirvana, The Cars, Sonic Youth, and The Dead Milkmen, Churpbleepuh played shows until 2000. At this time Holley left Alaska and began pursuing a solo career as an anti-folk artist, touring the United States excessively, performing over 200 shows per year. As his writing style began to lean back toward his punk and rock roots, Holley reformed the band and started performing officially as Mythological Horses in 2005.
Over the next decade, Mythological Horses continued consistent touring, sharing the stage with such bands as The Pharmacy, Blowfly, Joe Genaro of The Dead Milkmen, Mickey Avalon, Eagles Of Death Metal, Mike Watt, MC Lars, Kimya Dawson, and Smoke And Smoke featuring Spencer Moody of The Murder City Devils and members of godheadSilo. During this time, Mythological Horses released four albums (Idaho -2008/ Fairview Luvin-2008/ Fuck It-2009/ Super Joe Long Cocaine Mountain-2010) on Shawn Holley's label Lime Street Records. The bands posters (created by artist Pat Moriarity) were featured in two episodes in season 6 of the Showtime hit show Weeds.
In May 2013, Mythological Horses entered Witch Ape Studios and recorded their first full-length studio album under the production of Tad Doyle of Subpop band TAD and Jack Endino who has worked closely with Nirvana and other Subpop artists. This album was released on vinyl record and digital download in 2014 on Hovercraft Records out of Portland, Or. The band received high praise in international press, and was featured on a KEXP Music That Matters podcast, Young Reckless Hearts, in April 2014. After touring in support of this album in Hawaii, Alaska, and the west coast, the band returned to Witch Ape Studios in the fall of 2014 to record their second studio album, due out later in 2015.