Live Review: Band of Horses at Oxford O2 Academy

By on Tuesday, 15th June 2010 at 2:00 pm

One of the first wave of Blog-Buzz bands to go supersonic (along with The Shins and The National), Band of Horses took their third offering, Infinate Arms, to Oxford’s O2 Academy on Friday night. I wasn’t in the best frame of mind, coming down with quite a severe migraine afterwards (not due to Band of Horses I hasten to add), thus the slower time it’s taken for this review to appear.

From their opening “Ode to LRC”, frontman Ben Bridwell made it clear that they were there for a good time, promising to “mix it up a bit for those of you who saw us down the road…” (meaning their sold out show at the Roundhouse two days previously). Loud, and in a jubilant mood they were in high spirits and a lot more talkative than the NME review of their London show had had me believe. Mixing up songs from all three albums, they seemed to get stronger as the set progressed, building on the anthemic “Is there a Ghost” early on, which had everyone singing along beautifully.

Their backdrop for the evening was a range of photos from the bands’ travels mixed in with a few stunning animations and wildlife snaps which complemented the music perfectly.

Band of Horses are playing the Reading and Leeds festivals in August, and if you’re down that way you should definitely catch them.

Ode to LRC
NW Apt.
Wicked Gil
Is There A Ghost?
The Great Salt Lake
Infinite Arms
Marry Song
Islands On The Coast
Lamb on the Lam (In the City)
The First Song
No One’s Gonna Love You
The Funeral

Our Swords
The General Specific
Am I A Good Man (Them Two cover)

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