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Cease to Begin, Band of Horses

Band of Horses

November 30th, -0001

Formed:
2004 in Seattle, WA

Genre:
Alternative

Years Active:
'00s, '10s






Band of Horses

Biography

Emerging in 2004 with a blend of woodsy midtempo rock and reverb-laden vocals, Band of Horses gained an audience in their native Northwest before Everything All the Time made them indie rock darlings. Multi-instrumentalists Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke founded the group after an eight-year run with Carissa's Wierd, and an early concert alongside future labelmates Iron & Wine caught the attention of Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop signed Band of Horses in 2005 and reissued their self-released EP later that year, while the band retreated to the studio to record its full-length debut. Everything All the Time appeared in March 2006 and was warmly received; however, Brooke did not tour in support of the album and had officially left the group by July, choosing instead to devote his time to another Sub Pop act, Grand Archives. Bridwell soldiered on with now-permanent bandmates Rob Hampton (bass) and Creighton Barrett (drums), playing stateside shows and touring Europe in support of the band's debut. . Emerging in 2004 with a blend of woodsy midtempo rock and reverb-laden vocals, Band of Horses gained an audience in their native Northwest before Everything All the Time made them indie rock darlings. Multi-instrumentalists Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke founded the group after an eight-year run with Carissa's Wierd, and an early concert alongside future labelmates Iron & Wine caught the attention of Sub Pop Records. Sub Pop signed Band of Horses in 2005 and reissued their self-released EP later that year, while the band retreated to the studio to record its full-length debut. Everything All the Time appeared in March 2006 and was warmly received; however, Brooke did not tour in support of the album and had officially left the group by July, choosing instead to devote his time to another Sub Pop act, Grand Archives. Bridwell soldiered on with now-permanent bandmates Rob Hampton (bass) and Creighton Barrett (drums), playing stateside shows and touring Europe in support of the band's debut.

The bandmembers returned to the States and relocated to Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, to be closer to their families. Soon after, Band of Horses entered the studio with producer Phil Ek (who also helmed Everything All the Time) to record their second album. Cease to Begin was released in October 2007 to extremely warm reviews; it also peaked at number 35 on the Billboard charts, giving the band a taste of commercial success as well as critical approval. Although Band of Horses spent most of the following two years on the road, they also found time to return to the recording studio, where they began working on a third album in 2009.

This time, the band's five members all contributed to the songwriting process, making Infinite Arms a collaborative effort between Bridwell, Barrett, and new members Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, and Bill Reynolds. The album hit shelves in mid-2010, marking the band's first effort for Columbia Records and earning a Grammy for its country-rock sound. Preferring to take a more grounded approach on their fourth long-player, the group tapped legendary producer Glyn Johns (the Rolling Stones, the Who), who helped to rein in some of the group's more experimental tendencies by insisting on a more intimate live approach. The resulting Mirage Rock, which was preceded by the single "Knock, Knock," arrived in September 2012.

Top Albums

Cease to Begin, Band of Horses
1. Cease to Beg..
Everything All the Time, Band of Horses
2. Everything A..
Infinite Arms, Band of Horses
3. Infinite Arm..
Mirage Rock, Band of Horses
4. Mirage Rock
Acoustic at the Ryman (Live) [Bonus Track Version], Band of Horses
5. Acoustic at ..
iTunes Festival: London 2012 - EP, Band of Horses
6. iTunes Festi..
Knock Knock - Single, Band of Horses
7. Knock Knock ..
Georgia / Dilly [Digital 45], Band of Horses
8. Georgia / Di..
Laredo - Single, Band of Horses
9. Laredo - Sin..

Top Songs

NameAlbumTimePrice
1.
FuneralEverything All the Time5:22$0.99
2.
No One's Gonna Love YouCease to Begin3:37$0.99
3.
Is There a GhostCease to Begin2:59$0.99
4.
General SpecificCease to Begin3:07$0.99
5.
Detlef SchrempfCease to Begin4:28$0.99
6.
Our SwordsEverything All the Time2:26$0.99
7.
Great Salt LakeEverything All the Time4:45$0.99
8.
Neighbor (Live Acoustic)Acoustic at the Ryman (Live..3:26$1.29
9.
LaredoInfinite Arms3:12$1.29
10.
I Go to the Barn Because I Like theEverything All the Time3:06$0.99
11.
First SongEverything All the Time3:42$0.99
12.
Infinite ArmsInfinite Arms4:08$1.29
13.
On My Way Back HomeInfinite Arms3:28$1.29
14.
Blue BeardInfinite Arms3:22$1.29
15.
FactoryInfinite Arms4:35$1.29
16.
Cigarettes, Wedding BandsCease to Begin4:35$0.99
17.
Marry SongCease to Begin3:23$0.99
18.
Islands On the CoastCease to Begin3:34$0.99
19.
St. AugustineEverything All the Time2:39$0.99
20.
Weed PartyEverything All the Time3:09$0.99
21.
FuneralSub Pop 1015:21$0.99
22.
Dumpster World (Live)West of Memphis: Voices for..3:41$1.29
23.
Slow Cruel Hands of Time (Live)iTunes Festival: London 201..3:47$1.29
24.
Laredo (Live)iTunes Festival: London 201..2:54$1.29
25.
Everything's Gonna Be Undone (Li..iTunes Festival: London 201..3:09$1.29

Top Music Videos

Laredo, Band of Horses
1. Laredo
Dilly, Band of Horses
2. Dilly
Knock Knock, Band of Horses
3. Knock Knock


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