I liked Goner a lot, but I really, really love Red Horse. I must have listened to that album at least 80 times on repeat when I first got it. It made elbowing my way onto the subway in the morning, a whole lot more enjoyable.
They finished recording Red Horse two years to the day that their original vocalist Makh Daniels was killed in a car accident while on tour. The song "Pure Hell" is named after a back patch that Makh wore. It's about living your life to the fullest and giving everything you've got. Which is exactly why they didn't dissolve the band after Makh's death. As devastating as it is to walk away from an accident, when your close friend and brother wasn't so lucky, quitting and giving up doesn't honor anyone.
Keep living. Keep fighting.
These cakes were inspired by the title track off Red Horse. As a further tribute to Early Graves, I suggest using Ghirardelli chocolate. Like its fellow Bay Area exports, Ghirardelli is fucking sweeeet!
Early Graves: Red Velvet Horse
- 2 1/2 cups cake flour
- 4 tablespoons Ghirardelli cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 large eggs
- 6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Red Velvet Horse is coming through.
Also, if you're ever in Chicago, use this toilet at Ultra Lounge (it's the coolest one in the city):