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Video of the Moment #2303: Band of Horses

 
By on Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Band of Horses’ fifth LP ‘Why Are You OK’ came out last summer, which seems ago ago, doesn’t it? Four years on from their preceding album ‘Mirage Rock’, their return was much anticipated, and the new release from them didn’t disappoint. An early taster and clear standout from the release, the single ‘In a Drawer’, was reviewed way back in May 2016 by our Steven; read his thoughts through here. They’ve now unveiled its accompanying promo video that, in a kind of Beauty and the Beast story, stars a large Muppet-like creature who initially decides being incognito is the best way forward. He can’t hide forever and thankfully, there’s a nice ending to this tale. Trust me, this video is super cute and will twang the ol’ heartstrings. Watch it below. ‘Why Are You OK’ is available now from Virgin EMI in the UK and Interscope/American Recordings in America.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7H1T1KQea4[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Band of Horses – In a Drawer

 
By on Monday, 16th May 2016 at 12:00 pm
 

Band of Horses have finally returned. After the release of ‘Mirage Rock’ 4 years ago, the dreamy and melancholic quintet are now on single number two from upcoming album number five ‘Why Are You OK’. ‘In a Drawer’ firstly features J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.) on vocals during the chorus, which beautifully suits both Band of Horses and the track itself. Similarly, the verses of the track sound as if they could’ve been cut from a track on Father John Misty’s 2015 release ‘I Love You Honeybear’, particularly in the lyrical content where they epitomise hipster culture, “Do you love me, which one is it? We should be living in a warehouse district”, which is backed by a solid electronic drum beat.

Of course the song doesn’t retain this status very long. As soon as the chorus hits, where Mascis kicks in, it becomes a catchy and melodic representation of trying to find out where love truly belongs and where you can often find yourself looking for things to keep it alive. The rousing nature of the chorus is aided by drums that gather in strength, only for everything to collapse into an ethereal sound, welcoming back the electronic drum beat from the first verse, and things calm down once again. The band’s use of harmonies and vocals to broaden the overall sound, especially with added reverberant effects, is testament to their ability as both musicians and as purveyors of heart touching melodies.

‘In a Drawer’ resumes this method of operation for the next verse and chorus. Once the bridge hits, there’s an even larger reduction where angelic sounding vocals entwine around each other briefly before giving way to the same catchy chorus that just won’t budge from your head. All in all, it’s a solid return by Band of Horses, with an interesting experimental foray into electronic music, something that isn’t as overwhelming as other current releases but adds a tasteful dynamic to a sound that is already unique in itself. All we can do now is duly await the arrival of the full length release to see what other evolutionary approaches Band of Horses are going to take.

7/10

Band of Horses’ fifth LP ‘Why Are You OK’ is due for release on the 10th of June via Virgin EMI in the UK and Interscope/American Recordings in America. TGTF’s previous coverage of Band of Horses is right back here.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/pb_6-lt8DQQ[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #894: Band of Horses

 
By on Saturday, 21st July 2012 at 6:00 pm
 

Band of Horses‘ new promo video for ‘Knock Knock’ is described by Stereogum as “a jittery trip through the woods”, and I concur. I thought it might be nice to post, seeing that a common thing I hear from non-American bands is how beautiful they think America is. Like pine trees, rocks and mountains? We dedicate this video to you, handclaps and all.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sh8OTO4wSMs[/youtube]

 

Band of Horses / November 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Tuesday, 10th July 2012 at 9:00 am
 

American rockers Band of Horses have revealed a short tour of the UK for November, in support of their forthcoming album. In late June, they revealed the below album trailer, though everything’s been so hush hush, we’re not sure if ‘Dumpster World’ is the new release’s title or a single song title. The Glasgow date was announced earlier and is on sale now but the others (Brum, Manc and London) are on sale this Friday (13 July) at 9 AM.

Thursday 15th November 2012 – Birmingham HMV Institute
Friday 16th November 2012 – Glasgow Academy
Monday 19th November 2012 – Manchester Academy
Tuesday 20th November 2012 – London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_mhcLmZAYw[/youtube]

 

Live Review: NME Big Gig Featuring Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age @ London Wembley Arena – 25th February 2011

 
By on Tuesday, 1st March 2011 at 2:00 pm
 

Words by John Fernandez

This NME Big Gig at London’s Wembley Arena may have been billed as a concert headlined by Foo Fighters (pictured above) and supported by Cee Lo Green, Band of Horses and No Age, but that night it was all about Dave Grohl. Godlike Genius Dave Grohl. Only 2 days after Grohl received his award at the NME Awards he was back doing what he does best, rocking arenas with choruses the size of skyscrapers and riffs galore.

The night was opened by Los Angeles trio No Age. Sadly, the less said about this band the better. It was hard that evening to see the appeal of this band; maybe it was the fact that the sound wasn’t great for the first band of the evening, but the crowd (myself included) failed to find any connection with the indie newcomers. For a lot of their relatively short set it was hard to distinguish why there was any need for a third member of the band, as the synths were inaudible over the incessant drums and screeching guitar. However, they are a young band and are relatively impressive on record, so maybe with time their sound may mature. Sadly though, it was just not their night.

Following on from No Age were Seattle 5-piece Band of Horses, a band who, despite being in an unfamiliar arena setting, managed to deliver a fantastic set. With tunes like ‘The Great Salt Lake’ and ‘The Funeral’, Band of Horses definitely proved there were big things to come from them in the future.

The task of truly warming up for Foo Fighters came down to one man, Cee Lo Green. Coming on to a spoken intro from his album ‘The Ladykiller’ (reviewed on TGTF here), Cee Lo immediately owned the arena; all eyes were on him and he knew it. He had noticeably ‘rocked up’ for this gigs coming onstage in a Ramones t-Shirt and leather jacket. After the intro, he burst into a short set which included Gnarls Barkley hits ‘Crazy’ and ‘Smiley Faces’. Set closer ‘F**k You’ was given a rock edge for the night’s performance as it was played to the riff of the Clash’s ‘Rock the Casbah’.

It was 9 o’clock by the time that the thunderous roar of ‘Burning Bridges’ off the Foo’s forthcoming, yet-unreleased record ‘Wasting Light’ tore through Wembley Arena. Starting with a new song, let alone an unreleased song that people have only heard 30 seconds of, was a bold move. But such is the adoration held towards the ex-Nirvana sticks-man that nobody seemed to care. And who can blame them? The man oozes charm and confidence even when he is screaming behind a microphone.

Four new songs from the new LP were given their first arena outing that evening, including first single ‘Rope’ (reviewed by Luke last week), Valentine’s Day teaser ‘White Limo’ (video here) and arguably the catchiest of the four, ‘These Days’. All 4 songs were met with adoration from the crowd, but as you would expect from a band that could easily release two greatest hits albums, it was the older songs that got better reception. ‘All My Life’ and set closer ‘Best of You’ arguably evoked the best crowd reaction as expected. But for me, the highlight of the night had to be first ever Foo single ‘This is a Call’. That said, throughout the gig there were numerous high points, one being a change over in the reigns with drummer Taylor Hawkins taking over lead vocal duties for ‘Cold Day in the sun’.

By the end of the gig, it was easy to tell it wasn’t just the crowd that was loving this. No, the smile on Dave Grohl’s face showed enough that he is back doing what he loves. Playing big tunes to a lot of people with his band. Summer festivals and their July gigs at Milton Keynes await.

 

Band of Horses / January and February 2011 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 1st September 2010 at 2:10 pm
 

American rockers Band of Horses will start of 2011 right with a tour of the UK. A ticket presale has already started at 9 this morning (1 September) on their official Web site but the general sale begins on Friday (3 September).

Wednesday 26th January 2011 – Newcastle O2 Academy
Thursday 27th January 2011 – Glasgow O2 Academy
Friday 28th January 2011 – Birmingham O2 Academy
Sunday 30th January 2011 – Bristol O2 Academy
Monday 31st January 2011 – Leeds O2 Academy
Tuesday 1st February 2011 – Manchester Academy
Thursday 3rd February 2011 – London O2 Academy Brixton

 
 
 

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