Caligula’s Horse: "This is us at our absolute best"
On their fourth album, Caligula’s Horse have challenged themselves not only musically but also lyrically, with their most ambitious concept to date. Frontman Jim Grey tells us more
Modern progressive rockers around the world are finally beginning to know the name Caligula’s Horse, and the band’s profile is set to expand further this year. They began as a writing project for guitar maestro Sam Vallen in Brisbane, Australia back in 2010. He had sketched what was to become debut album Moments From Ephemeral City, and needed a strong and enigmatic frontman to flesh out his ideas in a vocal sense. Enter Jim Grey.
The pair quickly found their writing groove, and it soon became apparent that their musical and personal chemistry, and the ideas they were coming up with, were so strong that they had to take things further. They built up a tight band and released Moments… in 2011.
Subsequent years have seen the release of two more superb albums: 2013’s The Tide, The Thief And River’s End – which caught the interest of prestigious German label InsideOut, current home of Devin Townsend, Haken and The Tangent – and Bloom, which came out in 2015. Much traversing the enormous continent that is their homeland and several international sojourns followed, and now they’re ready to release their superb fourth album In Contact.
Many bands reel out the whole ‘this new album is the best thing we’ve done’ line, but Caligula’s Horse are a group who truly outdo themselves on every release. From his home in Brisbane, Jim Grey discusses the process behind their burning desire to improve on each release.
“With every album, we try to step forward from what we’ve done before,” he says. “We’ve taken what we learned from doing …River’s End and created Bloom, then taken what we learned from doing Bloom and created In Contact. So In Contact deliberately has some of the colourful sound that we developed on Bloom, but at the same time we’ve ventured into heavier and more technically complex territory than before.”