Taking their name from a poster in the long-forgotten Jodie Foster baseball flick Stealing Home, Wonderful Diving Horses are more than just another country-rock band. To be sure, some down-home influences shine through, especially in the twang in lead singer Mark Goldberg's delivery, but their big jangle speaks to the psychedelic sounds of L.A. in the 80s.
Goldberg, who moved to Vancouver from Toronto about 10 years ago, hooked up with drummer Stuart Quayle in 2007. A few months later they were joined by guitarist Steve Ward and bassist Cliff Rogers to make music Goldberg describes as "a throwback to the indie records coming out of the States in the mid-80s. Melodic, 60s-influenced, guitar-driven rock with a hint of roots music."
Their NXNE show introduces Toronto the songs on WDH's self-titled EP, which came out in March.
It also hopefully gives a taste of what they'll be up to when they make their first album, which they have their sights set on recording with the Del-Lords' Eric Ambel producing.
"The EP was recorded three years ago," Goldberg says. "We were a much different band then than we are now."