What is it about Band of Horses that makes me feel dramatic? When I hear their music, why do I feel like I should be in a movie trailer, looking INTENSE or perhaps running up a mountainside in a rainstorm? And does anyone else feel this way? Or do I just have an overactive auditory imagination?
I came upon these guys in a roundabout way. I found them on Pandora. I think they showed up on a Death Cab for Cutie channel, and I gave them a thumbs-up. The first song I heard (yes, I remember) was “The Funeral” off their Everything All the Time album. Like I said, I didn’t know who these guys were. But all of a sudden, here was this SONG. Started slow—very eerie, like music you might hear in some fantasy flick right at the part when the trolls kidnap the princess. Then, there’s a high tenor voice, tinny and soaring above the slow, steady guitar chords. Next comes rocking out with a full sound that you would expect from an orchestra, not a couple dudes in a studio, and seriously, it makes me feel dramatic. Like I should be doing something amazing and dangerous with my day (skydiving anyone?), as opposed to typing on my keyboard.
Later, when I was doing my Band of Horses homework, I was shocked to discover the band members live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. I live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Huh. Small world. Of course, they’ve gotten more popular than two years ago when they played The Village Tavern, right by my old apartment. Now, they’re traveling the world. They’re playing alongside Neil Young, Norah Jones, Jack Johnson, and even Death Cab for Cutie—the gateway group that led me to utopian Horseland.
Just last week, Charleston City Paper did a full article/interview with Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell, who looks like a guy more comfortable camping than performing for arenas full of screaming fans. However, it sounds as though he’s thriving amidst the madness—pretty dang clutch for a band whose star shows no sign of falling. They’re currently working on a new album, and thanks to Ballard Lesermann at the City Paper (his article here: http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/band-together/Content?oid=1215806) and the Band of Horses rep, I may get the chance to interview the band closer to the upcoming release date.
I’m sure I’ll have plenty of questions for the guys.
1) Have you ever run up a mountainside in a rainstorm?
2) Do you dream of trolls kidnapping princesses?
3) Would you mind singing me to sleep?
Check out their website here: http://www.BandofHorses.com.
Check out the YouTube video of “The Funeral” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibE7IqEjni4.
Keep your eye out for a Band of Horses / Sara Dobie interview in the coming months. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed here in Mt. Pleasant.