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About Band of Horses
Band of Horses was formed in Seattle, Washington in 2004 by Ben Bridwell and Mat Brooke, both former members of the group Carissa's Wierd. Promptly signed to a record deal by Sub Pop Records, their debut album Everything All the Time was released in 2006 in the US to much acclaim, and Band of Horses would embark on a tour of Europe to help promote the album overseas. Despite numerous changes in personnel, Band of Horses have continued to build on their initial success, with lead vocalist and guitarist Ben Bridwell remaining a constant in the line-up.
After enjoying commercial success in their native United States with their second album Cease to Begin in 2007, Band of Horses would break internationally with album number three, Infinite Arms, in 2010. Featuring the songs Laredo and Factory, Infinite Arms hit the number 21 spot on the album charts in both the UK and Ireland. It was also popular across the rest of Europe and in Australia. Back in the United States, Infinite Arms was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 2012, the album Mirage of Rock broke into the top 20 in the album charts of the USA, UK and Ireland. For this release, Band of Horses collaborated with producer Glyn Johns, who had previously worked with the likes of the The Rolling Stones and The Who. These legendary bands, in addition to the likes of Eric Clapton and the Clash, had a big influence on Ben Bridwell when he was growing up. In addition to fronting Band of Horses, Bridwell has also collaborated with other artists such as Biffy Clyro and, at one point, formed his own record label, Brown Records.
In between albums, Band of Horses have toured extensively. In addition to supporting the likes of Pearl Jam and Snow Patrol, the band has also headlined their own tours across America, Europe and Australia. In 2011, they performed at Wembley Arena with the Foo Fighters. Band of Horses played Glastonbury Festival in 2008 and also appeared on the T in the Park bill in the same year. Appearances on television shows include a spot on Late Night with David Letterman in the United States in 2006, which brought the band to greater attention, and in the UK on Later…with Jools Holland.
Last updated: February, 2019