Concert Preview | Band Of Horses at The Rave on Friday, July 16th

One thing that makes 88Nine RadioMilwaukee very special is our amazing volunteers.  We couldn’t do a lot of things around the city without them.  Our volunteers have so many invaluable talents. One in particular is Kelly Gehringer. Not only she helps us out in so many ways, she is using her major of Journalism to help write for our blog.

Kelly wrote an amazing preview of the upcoming Band of Horses show this Friday, July 16th at the Rave.

Concert Preview | Band of Horses at The Rave on July 16th
by Kelly Gehringer

Maybe it was when they decided to be Band of Horses instead of just Horses; maybe it was when they were on Letterman; or perhaps it could have been when Kid Cudi rapped over “The Funeral,” but somewhere along the way Band of Horses became a key component of the indie music community.

Back in 2004, the indie rock Alt-country hybrid joined forces in Seattle and have been hard at work ever since. In 2006 Everything All the Time was released on Sub Pop Records and stunned audiences with its earnest guitar rifts and warm vocals. Cease to Begin followed in 2007 with favorites like “Ode to LRC” and “The General Specific.” Although band members including co-founder Mat Brooke have come and gone since then, the band’s roots, country, alternative rock dynamic has pioneered its way through the independent music world.

In preparation for the new album Infinite Arms, lead singer Ben Bridwell along with bandmates Creighton Barrett and Ryan Monroe recruited Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds to create a versatile collection of songs, mostly consisting of chilled out soft-rock tunes. The harmonizing alone on this record illustrates their growth as musicians. There’s a certain vulnerability in Bridwell’s echoing voice that the rest of the band is completely in sync with, which fosters an unmistakable camaraderie in their music.

When Bridwell croons “Take a little time/gonna roll the dice,” in “Blue Beard,” he introduces thoughts that may have preceded the record. Band of Horses took a gamble on a slightly tweaked sound with new members and it was clearly that was the right choice for them.

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The reflective “Infinite Arms” sounds like a dream sequence, with faint guitar strums that could drift you, in the best way possible. But “Northwest Apartment” will wake you up with a spur-tapping, escalating melody.
Previously on tour in Europe, the band is now back in North America showing off their new songs. Other key tracks are “Evening Kitchen” and “On My Way Back Home.”

Band of Horses has been compared to everyone from Neil Young and My Morning Jacket to Built to Spill, but this record communicates that Band of Horses is ready to influence others now.

88Nine welcomes Milwaukee welcomes them to The Rave this Friday, July 16

About Kelly Gehringer:
Kelly is heading into her junior year at Mizzou studying convergence journalism and minoring in leadership and public service. She enjoys her weekly radio show at school, focusing on indie bands and alternative music. Kelly also writes for ThirdCoast Digest about Milwaukee’s art scene.


One Response

  1. Great article… Whenever you read a concert preview, you usually konw everything the writer is about to say, and the intro is extremely boring. However, this intro engaged me right away with the “became a band of horses” part. The show should be a blast, and more visible now that there is no smoking at the Rave.

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