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Band Of Horses are an indie rock group known for their hit singles The Funeral and No One’s Gonna Love You.
There might be no other band that was able to channel the generational anxiety in those early millennial years and turn it into such powerful and inclusive art quite like Band of Horses. Band of Horses fashioned gorgeously ragged epics, BenB ridwell’s high-flying vocals and eccentric enunciation floating like a specter that felt like prelude to a dream. Full of profundity, truth and sometimes just homespun advice on how to live, Band of Horses songs have become anthems and touchstones for fans. Emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, the songs for Band of Horses’ sixth album, Things Are Great, find Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on record, detailing the nebulous frustrations and quiet indignities of relationship changes and what a person will do to make things right. And what you do when you can’t. Band of Horses is composed of Bridwell, longtime members Ryan Monroe and Creighton Barrett and new members Matt Gentling on bass, and guitarist Ian MacDougall. This fresh chapter finds the band recapturing the raw emotion and unpolished punk-rock spirit of its early days. The songs on Things Are Great document the connections in Bridwell’s life that have shifted, or remained. An epic album, Things Are Great is not an exercise in nostalgia or regret. It’s closer to the classic pattern of the hero’s journey, one where Bridwell doesn’t locate those elusive answers but does find himself in the end, providing hope that all of us can do the same.
See them smash it at O2 Academy Oxford on Thursday 20th of June 2019.
Originally known just as Horses, the band was formed in Seattle in 2004 by vocalist Ben Bridwell following the break-up of his previous band Carissa’s Wired. The band attracted the interest of legendary record label Sub Pop whilst playing support for the folk rock great Iron & Wine who released the Tour EP in 2005.
Sub Pop would also release their debut album Everything All The Time in 2006. Bolstered with a life performance of the hit single The Funeral on the Late Show With David Letterman, the album shot the band to prominence.
Following significant line-up changes, Bridwell relocated the band to his home state of South Carolina before working on the second album. Cease To Begin was also released on Sub Pop in 2007. Building on their previous success, this album reached #35 on the Billboard 200 and was voted in the Top 100 records of the year in Rolling Stone, and within the Top 10 in Paste magazine.
But the band’s real success was to come with the release of their third album; Infinte Arms in 2010. The record saw a massive rise in the band’s international profile selling well in America and beyond. Confident in their own abilities, the album was produced by the band and was highly regarded by critics. It even saw them receive a Grammy nomination in the category of Best Alternative Album.
Mirage Rock came out in 2012. It was produced by Glyn Johns and saw the band playing live to tape.
In 2016 they released their fifth album entitled Why Are You Ok. The recording process saw the band share production duties with Jason Lytle and executive producer Rick Rubin.
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Awesome band! First leg of their tour and they were fantastic. They really seemed to enjoy themselves too! New material was great and we are looking forward to purchase the new album.
Posted by Nic and Nik on 22/06/2019
Band of Horses, O2 Academy Oxford, Oxford - 20th June 2019