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Knock Knock—Band of Horses is Here

By Sarah McCartan

First they made a mark with their premier single “The Funeral” off of their debut album back in 2006. That quickly led to a breakthrough second album “Cease to Begin” just a year later. From there the band went on to their widely acclaimed, Grammy-nominated album “Infinite Arms” in 2010.

Band of Horses grew from playing smaller shows to headlining festivals around the world seemingly overnight. And now this week they have released their fourth studio album and perhaps their most monumental work to date, “Mirage Rock,” impeccably timed with their DeLuna Fest weekend performance.

This 11-song collection released Sept. 18 via Columbia Records was produced by the legendary Glyn Johns who was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with an extensive list of celebrated acts including Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams and the Beatles.

Leading album track “Knock Knock” was released earlier this summer and carries a rock feel and upbeat vibe while other ballad-like tracks such as “Everything’s Gonna Be Undone” bring in a mountain-folk influence, packed with soothing harmonies and acoustic guitars. Ultimately, the album comes to an unexpected, heavier signoff with “Heartbreak on the 101.”

Band of Horses’ frontman and founding member, South Carolinian Ben Bridwell shares in the band’s bio his own sentiments toward the new album.

“If ‘Infinite Arms’ was our beloved pet that we possibly spoiled rotten and stuffed full of too many ‘treats,’ then ‘Mirage Rock’ would be his surprise little brother left on our doorstep. Maybe a bit rougher around the edges, but the same wily, feral bloodline.”

The IN had a quick chat with lead guitarist, Asheville, N.C.-based Tyler Ramsey, while the group was amidst their August tour to hear more about the new album, some of the acts the band has teamed up with, as well as Ramsey’s own solo artistry.

IN: What is this tour like with the release of your new album rapidly approaching?
RAMSEY: It’s super exciting to have a bunch of new songs and see the reaction of the audience before they even have a chance to hear the record.

IN: Tonight you are playing with My Morning Jacket. How is it playing with those guys?
RAMSEY: We’ve been out with them for a couple weeks. It’s been a blast. They’re just such good people. When it’s over it’s going to be really sad. We love hanging out with them.

IN: What was it like joining the band just prior to the release of “Cease to Begin?”
RAMSEY: I met the band when they were still working on that record. I was working on a solo record in the same studio. We hit it off and it wasn’t too long after that I was asked to join up and it was a really exciting time. It was right before the record came out so it was kind of whirlwind thing. I had no idea what was coming.

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