Chris D and The Divine Horsemen are an American punk/roots band founded in 1983 by Chris D. (Desjardins), formerly of L.A. punk rock band the Flesh Eaters. The band developed a distinctive (and at the time, very new) alt country– type sound. They took their name from a voodoo term; a worshiper who is possessed by loa during a ceremony is said to be being ridden by “the divine horsemen”.
Other band members included Julie Christensen (Chris’ then-wife who went on to sing with Leonard Cohen),Wayne James Steinert (RIP) and Cam King, who played on all of the “Devil’s River” album tracks and 3/4 of the “Middle of the Night” tracks and Peter Andrus, as well as the Flesh Eaters stalwart Robyn Jameson. They were joined at times by members of L.A. punk bands like Kid Congo Powers of The Gun Club and the Cramps, Jeffrey Lee Pierce of The Gun Club. They broke up in 1988 and they will reunite in the fall of 2018 for a long-awaited string of live dates. Original bassist Robyn Jameson, also of The Flesh Eaters, and longtime Divine Horsemen guitarist Peter Andrus (Crowbar Salvation) will also be on the dates, and on the drum throne, Flesh Eater and X band-member D.J. Bonebrake. This is a great time to continue the vibe being created by the 2018 Flesh Eaters tour…new fans hearing Divine Horseman for the first time, original fans remembering why The Divine Horsemen were their favorite band to see over and over. “Some things burn slow and long, some things burn hot and flash. With Chris D and Julie Christensen, after such a long break, and such independent growth, this is both.” – Dan Navarro
Writer Chris Morris has been known to call them one of the greatest live bands to ever grace a stage.
The Divine Horsemen’s first outing, “Time Stands Still,” was an acoustic album of gothic-American murder ballads and folked-up rock on Enigma Records, studded with a who’s-who of LA post-punk: Texacala Jones, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Kid Congo Powers, John Doe, Dave Alvin, Dan Stuart, and others. Enigma then featured DIVINE HORSEMEN on the soundtrack of director Allison Anders’ first feature film “Border Radio,” (Criterion Collection) in which Chris D. starred along with fellow one-time Flesh Eaters John Doe and Dave Alvin. Los Lobos, Alvin, Green on Red and others also graced the gritty film and soundtrack. Then, Chris D and his wife-to-be and fellow front person Julie Christensen took Divine Horsemen to SST (New Rose in Europe) and went electric. Flesh Eater bassist Robyn Jameson was also on board, along with drummer Rex Roberts of the King Bees, and various excellent guitarists over the course of two full length albums and two EPs, supported by nationwide touring and radio. “Time Stands Still” has been reissued on Atavistic.
watch The Divine Horsemen’s video for Snakehandler , the title cut from their second SST album, directed by Kevin Kerslake, who later directed “Smells Like Teen Spirit” for Nirvana
Photo credit Suzanna Regos (pic was taken at the Club Lingerie in Hollywood).