Spook the Horse emerged in 2005 as one of Seattle's most inspiring live bands. After a few demos and many stage performances the band released their eponymous debut EP on December 20, 2005. With an in-studio live performance at KEXP on DJ John Richards' 'John in the morning show,' and a successful CD release party, press and fans began to take note. In 2006, they were selected as one of five winners of the Red Hook Brewery's Emerging Artist Award. Later that year, they were asked to record for (Fugazi) Brendan Canty's DVD series Burn to Shine. Their first full-length album, Scarlett, was recorded in 2006 and 2007 and features the song 'Another New Year,' which many may have seen as the first performance on the Seattle edition of the DVD music series 'Burn to Shine.' All five members - Grant Burton (lead vocals, guitar), Brian Pake (guitar, vocals), Brian Mura (keys), Matt Ralston (bass), and Brian Papenfuss (drums) - have been collaborating and experimenting with sound since they met in Bellingham, WA during their high school days. Having played in various bands together for over ten years, they formed Spook the Horse in the summer of 2003. Each member of this musically gifted quintet contributes to the song writing process, and brings a unique set of influences to the mix. Layered guitar swells, vintage keyboard sounds, subtle bass cues, and aggressive percussion serve as a lush backdrop for Burton's baritone vocals and Pake's harmonies. Spook the Horse has played with such bands as The Blakes, Kelly Stoltz, The Rosebuds, The Elected, Minus the Bear, Sirens Sister, Slender Means, Cobra High, The New Mexicans, Verona, and Aquaduct. Influences include: echo and the bunnymen, walkmen, muse, pulp, calexico, interpol, broken social scene.