I first heard Band of Horses playing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater four years ago playing over the PA between sets of a Flaming Lips show. I ended up spending the summer of 2006 listening to their debut, Everything All The Time, and almost nothing else.
I first heard Band of Horses playing at the Les Schwab Amphitheater four years ago playing over the PA between sets of a Flaming Lips show. I ended up spending the summer of 2006 listening to their debut, Everything All The Time, and almost nothing else. About a year later, Band of Horses released the highly anticipated follow up, Cease to Begin. The album lacked the grandiose spectrum embedded in their debut and sounded like outtakes from previous recordings. I'm still not sure if it was a result of co-founding member Mat Brooke leaving, but it became uncomfortably clear, Band of Horses may have little left to offer.
If you're new to this band, Infinite Arms may whisk you away. The use of schmaltzy strings ("Factory") and down-tempo ballads ("Blue Beard," "Way Back Home" and "Infinite Arms") will surely impress casual music listeners. But, if you've been hoping for a return to epic lifts, heart-on-the-sleeves intimacy, Ben Bridwell's explosive range once displayed early on by this band, you'll only find the slightest of remnants on this album. Infinite Arms does offer some sunny moments ("Compliments", "Laredo") bounded by Bridwell's attempt for the rafters. But as the album continues, even the front man sounds slightly disinterested. Infinite Arms flirts with intriguing hooks, melodies and occasional harmony ("Dilly"), but as a whole it's mostly forgettable. No one can argue that Bridwell doesn't possess an exciting voice. The problem is that Band of Horses writes generalized stories, and it used to be that no matter how obscure the lyrics were, you wanted to lose yourself in them and pretend to sing along. After a half-dozen listens, the high-school lyricism and middle-of-the-road musicianship on Infinite Arms are too prevalent to pretend there's something here besides a great voice.
We recently visited Bend for the Film Festival and very much enjoyed ourselves, with one small exception.
We parked our Ford in the public parking structure, only to find when we returned on Friday night that it had been spat upon, apparently in retribution for our Obama 2012 bumper sticker.
I understand that whoever did this was passionate about politics, something I have always shared.
After living in Bend for a year and a half, I recently stopped through on business. I love the town, the people, and all the outdoor beauty the area offers.
One of my favorite things about Bend is without question, The Source.
From the first time I read it, I knew it would be a cover-to-cover great time for me to enjoy all the stories, community news, the updates on all the music and arts, presentations, and great things goings on around town.