Hard Rock Café Battle of the Bands

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Lonely Horse Rocks San Antonio

Indie rock band Lonely Horse is headed to Hard Rock Rising’s Global Battle of the Bands.

After going up against more than 160 other area bands during a Facebook voting competition and six other bands during a live show, Lonely Horse was crowned the winner this month at Hard Rock Café San Antonio. They’ll now compete against 95 other Hard Rock Café winners from around the world as part of the Global Battle of the Bands. The winner of that contest takes home $10,000 in gear as well as appearances on a world tour that will include stops in Sydney, Tokyo, London, Chicago and more. You can help them make the final round by voting on Facebook starting April 22.

We caught up with Nicholas Long, of Lonely Horse, to talk about their big win and what’s next for the band.

What was the Hard Rock competition like?

The Hard Rock battle was pretty legit. All of the bands were very talented musicians and we enjoyed competing with them. Me and Travis Hild, the other member of Lonely Horse, are just two dudes, so we really had to prove ourselves. We gave it our all every time.

Describe your sound.

It is real and truthful. It’s dark at times but is also very hopeful with miles of soul and blues for days. We try and incorporate different styles, and since we live so close to Mexico I think that there is definitely a Latin influence in there somewhere. I’d call it “Dark Folk Indie Rock.”

Does San Antonio influence your style?

Yes. In every single way and every single day. I live my life here, and our lives are in San Antonio. Whatever we write about comes from the people we surround ourselves with and the choices we make.

How did Lonely Horse get its start?

In 2009, I started Lonely Horse after my uncle died. My aunt had shared pictures and stories from the Native American side of the family and since I’ve always felt so connected with that part of my heritage, it drove me to write about things that are personal to me. Over the span of four years I had more than six members come and go in the band until I met Travis via Craigslist. We began to work on a sound. We tried just about everything until it worked out and sounded the way we thought it should. We will release our latest EP, “My Desert Son,” on May next month. We’re the old hearts of the musician soul.

What are your hopes for the band?

We would love to be able to do this every day—share music with people and travel the world spreading good vibes and good music. And if our career takes off, we’d love to do something huge for San Antonio and for the music here. This town is booming with talent.

Published in the San Antonio Magazine.