Americana BAND OF HORSES Comfort Us With New Album ‘THINGS ARE GREAT’

5 March 2022

Band: BAND OF HORSES
Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: THINGS ARE GREAT
Released: 4 March 2022 – order info here.

Record label: “Band of Horses’ sixth studio album and first record in more
than five years. Sonically, the album is a return to their earlier work and
the kind of raw ethos that lies at the heart of Band of Horses. Emotionally
intense, both on a personal and elemental level, on Things Are Great we find
band founder Ben 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.”

DIY Magazine says: “Band of Horses’ first record in six years teeters between the anthemic
and milder scores that powered their initial appeal. Ben Bridwell’s gossamer vocals lead a revival of reverbed guitar sequences and revitalised songwriting… The South Carolina-based five-piece’s desert-hued harmonies take centre stage once more, country-veering melodies upscaled with a renewed emphasis on staple rousing build-ups and slow-burning yarns.

Turn Up The Volume: During the first spin of this new BOH work, I felt the same as with other of their albums. Like if they have one key song and start from there to write other similar sounding songs. But then again I found myself playing Things Are Great three times in a row (happened with older LPs too), enjoying their appealing force, as always inspired by the Eagles, C S N & Young, and The Beach Boys (for the harmonies). We all know, things are not great these days, but this record feels a bit like a sepia-colored comfort.

Singles: In Need Of Repair / Crutch / Lights

– IN NEED OF REPAIR –

– CRUTCH –

– LIGHTS –

Full album…

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BAND OF HORSES: Facebook

(Band pic form the back cover of LP ‘Acoustic at the Ryman’

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past 7 Days

7  from the past 7 days

1. ‘This Night’ by SUPERCHUNK (North Carolina)

The second single from their 11th LP
called Wild Loneliness, out 25 February.

Mac McCaughan (guitarist) About: “Like much of Wild Loneliness, this song was
written in the mode of “let’s look around and be thankful for what we have rather
than focusing on what Republicans have taken from an entire generation.”

Never too old to rattle and roll…

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2. Slowly Separate by CROWS (London, UK)

Almost three years after their debut album Silver Tongues this must-hear
post-punk hit team returns with follow-up Beware Believers, out 1st of April.

James Cox (frontman): “Slowly Separate is about living in London, working a job
you hate and just going through the mundane routine of hand to mouth living.”

A blazing uppercut with the
cutting force of a chainsaw.

Yeahhhhhhhh

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3. ‘Am I Really Going To Die’ by WHITE LIES (London)

Another warm-up piece from their upcoming
6th longplayer, out on 18 February.

Not a happy one, yet funky and jumpy in sound…

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4. ‘Wake Me Up’ by FOALS (UK)

I’m not a big fan of remixes unless the remixer – in this case, electro duo
Flight Facilities – transforms a head-dazzling rocker into a head-dazzling
disco stomper that works like a vaccination with a shot of adrenalin.

Yoohoo! Party time…

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5. ‘Lights’ by BAND OF HORSES (Seattle, US)

Album number six Things Are Great hit the streets on 4 March.
And they dropped taster number three Lights a few days ago.

An experience with security guards and the police flashing
their lights inspired frontman Ben Bridwell to write this song.

Vibrant vibe…

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6. ‘Thrown’ by BODEGA (NYC)

I’m sure that this Big Apple indie squad has all Parquet Courts records on their shelves. You already could hear it on their 2019 debut album Endless Scroll and their second one, titled Broken Equipment looks to go in the same direction when hearing new single Thrown.

Not original but tumbling
and revolving nevertheless…

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7. ‘Fraggle Rock Rock’ by FOO FIGHTERS (Seattle, US)

Seems like Dave Grohl and his Fighters adore the spotlights
and do anything to have them shine on them every day.

Check this… children’s television series Fraggle Rock gets a full revival on Apple TV+ and yes, you already guessed it, the Foos are among the musical guests on the show. For the occasion, they wrote this bonkers retro rocker that triggers your laughing muscles.

Have fun

Coming In 2022 – Sixth Album By BAND OF HORSES

24 December 2021

Band: BAND OF HORSES
Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: THINGS ARE GREAT
Out: 4 March 2022 – more info here

Press info: “Band of Horses’ sixth studio album and first record in more
than five years. Sonically, the album is a return to their earlier work and
the kind of raw ethos that lies at the heart of Band of Horses. Emotionally
intense, both on a personal and elemental level, on Things Are Great we find
band founder Ben 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.”

Singles: In Need Of Repair / Crutch

– IN NEED OF REPAIR –

– CRUTCH –

BAND OF HORSES: Facebook

Another Track Of Upcoming BAND OF HORSES Album – Here’s ‘IN NEED OF REPAIR’

New striking strokes

1 December 2021

Band: BAND OF HORSES
Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: THINGS ARE GREAT
Out: 4 March 2022 – more info here

New single: IN NEED OF REPAIR

The second shared piece from their upcoming LP.
A familiar BOH ballad charging up now and then.

Endearing.

Enjoy here…

BAND OF HORSES: Facebook

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers Week 41

Every week Turn Up The Volume picks 7 new
firecrackers that burned his ears the past 7 days

‘Let’s Get This Party Started’ by TOM MORELLO (New York)

Tom Morello, the guitar hero of furious rockers Rage Against The Machine
released his 2nd solo album, titled The Atlas Underground Fire, yesterday
with a cast of big-name guests on vocals.

This one was recorded with British post-hardcore
noiseniks Bring Me The Horizon.

Wanna party? You betcha…

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Recklessly‘ by JEEN (Toronto, Canada)

“After a while, it can be hard to know whether you control your destiny or if
your destiny is controlling you. ‘Recklessly’ is for when you can’t tell if you’re
moving forward or falling behind and when it’s impossible to know where
you’ll end up,”
says the Toronto songstress about her emotional eruption.

Jeen expresses doubting and depressing sentiments with grit and punch.
She shares the feelings many of us had/have to deal with due to the bizarre
times we live(d) in. One small comfort: you’re absolutely not alone.

This may help…

Jeen releases her new album Dog Bite next week, 22 October.

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‘Got Me Going’ by ECLECTICUS (Canada)

Got me Going is the title track of the new EP.
by this buzz and fuzz outfit from Toronto.

Gar Reid (frontman): “Everyone seems to get supercharged before seeing
a live concert, so this song along with the music video really celebrates this
feeling associated with the pre-game festivities leading up to going to a concert!”

Not insane yet after the past crazy coronavirus crisis? Well, you have another
chance here to go out of your mind with this adrenalized vaccination of pure
rock ‘n’ roll euphoria.

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‘Crutch’ by BAND OF HORSES (Seattle, US)

The Americana romantics are back and they feel good as they called their new album Things Are Great, out 21 January 2022. Well, lead-single is a pretty great thing, pushed
by a streamlined rock drive, a feet-tapping beat, and flavored with their characteristic
high-pitched vocals.

Press play and feel great too…

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‘Born Too Late’ by KICK AND THE HUG (Boulder, Colorado)

The fact that this band is scattered across the country, stretching all the way from
Los Angeles to Philadelphia, and Denver doesn’t prevent the quartet to start a fire.

Born Too Late is the perfect belter to test your lungs’ flexibility. The vocal
power developed here reaches a peak when the glorious chorus comes up.

Big vibe, big tune, big kick.

Put your phone down and oil your vocal chords…


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‘C’mon America’ by JEFF TWEEDY (Belleville, Illinois)

This week Wilco‘s maestro dropped two new songs. This one is my favorite.

Tweedy says: “It’s a wry classic rocker from an unreleased group of songs with
mostly sci-fi lyrics.” Sci-fi lyrics? To my ears, this song’s content is crystal clear,
hearing these lines over and over again “What you gonna do, now that the world
is turned against you / C’mon America.”

Check it out…

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‘Nowhere’ by BUD (Canada)

This Canadian singer-songwriter “wanted to capture that feeling of “I have no idea
what’s going on but let’s figure this one out!” depicting the energy in a dystopian world
while recognizing that we are the energy that can create positive change.”
I guess we
all had to go through a ‘who am I?‘ phase, if not it will hit you sooner or later.

But wait, this full-on glam-bam stomper might be the start of a more optimistic state
of mind. You don’t take a risk with going loose for 160 seconds. On the contrary, free yourself, get up and dance and go somewhere.

Right here, right now…

See/hear you next week, music junkies

THINGS ARE GREAT For Americana Rockers BAND OF HORSES

New striking strokes

13 October 2021

Band: BAND OF HORSES
Who: Passionate Americana rockers from Seattle, WA
Active: Since 2004 / 6 studio LPs (including new one)

New album: THINGS ARE GREAT
Out: 21 January 2021 – more info here

First single: CRUTCH

Ben Bridwell (frontman): “I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’
starts with something from my real life. Obviously, ‘Crutch’ means
some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship for one.
I think I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got a crush on you,’ and I thought it was
funny how relationships also feel like crutches.”

Crutch sounds totally like Band Of Horses always sound.
A streamlined rock drive, a feet-tapping beat, and
high-pitched vocals.

Fall in love here…

BAND OF HORSES: Website

BAND OF HORSES Released Highly Praised Debut Album ‘EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME’ 15 Years Ago Today

21 March 2021

Band: BAND OF HORSES (Seattle, Washington)
Active: Since 2004 – 5 studio LPs (so far)

Album: EVERYTHING ALL THE TIME – debut longplayer
Released: 21 March 2006 – 15 years ago today

Pitchfork wrote: “Wedding the elemental, earthworn rock of My Morning Jacket to the atmospheric pop of the Shins or Red House Painters, this debut from Sub Pop signees Band of Horses is immediately, invitingly familiar. But if its roots are recognizable, the music is anything but commonplace… Though Band of Horses aren’t likely to be heralded as trailblazers, they do sound quietly innovative and genuinely refreshing over the course of these 10 sweeping, heart-on-sleeve anthems. Ultimately, the band’s most winning trait is its delicate balance of elements– between gloom and promise, quiet and loud, epic and ordinary, familiar and new, direct and elliptical, artist and listener.” Score: 8.8/10.

Turn Up The Volume: The 21st Century Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Singles/Clips
: The Funeral / The Great Salt Lake

– THE FUNERAL –

– THE GREAT SALT LAKE –

Stream album…

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BAND OF HORSES: Facebook