Monday, August 25, 2008

Band of Horses - Everything All the Time (2006)

I don't know exactly how to classify Band of Horses in even the simplest of terms so let's try to figure it out together. They have obvious rock influences but incorporate very subtle southern rock elements like lap guitar and certain vocal styles. But let's not get carried away before i clarify that I HATE a vast majority of southern rock and country music and this is none of those things, it just borrows little pieces from them. Now that that's out of the way, I'll mention how they bring a lot of folky feel to their playing and even a little bit of "indie" rock (what the hell does that even mean really?). Take all of what I just portrayed and drench it in reverb and you have Band of Horses. This was their first effort and really blows me away. The first song on the record, appropriately titled "The First Song", starts abruptly with crashes and loud, reverberous guitar strums in unison and floats off from there, creating a rich canvas for the rest of the song to progress on. Coincidentaly, when I first stumbled across this band was when they were opening for Modest Mouse in an outdoor venue in Look Park in Northampton, MA and they started with that song as i was walking down to the stage. It was such a beautiful chord that I immediately fell in love with the music and I hope you do too.

  1. "The First Song" – 3:43
  2. "Wicked Gil" – 2:57
  3. "Our Swords" – 2:26
  4. "The Funeral" – 5:22
  5. "Part One" – 2:36
  6. "The Great Salt Lake" – 4:45
  7. "Weed Party" – 3:09
  8. "I Go to the Barn Because I Like The" – 3:06
  9. "Monsters" – 5:21
  10. "St. Augustine" – 2:41
Everything All the Time


Gicky said...

Sickest venuee ever? Its possible. Glad you, me and bick were able to see and discover Band of Horses even though we originally only went for Modest Mouse. One of the most powerful musical associations i'll ever make, the opening chord of The First Song and the atmosphere and ambience of the Pines Theatre.

InstanthumanJustaddcoffee said...

seriously man, whenever i hear that first chord i can see that entire venue and smell the delicious burritos

peter said...

the chord is a Bmaj7.