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Shout It From the Hooftops
Hanging out with Willie Nelson, enjoying “big old love-fests” and dealing with major label pressures is all in a day’s work for Seattle’s Band Of Horses.
Edwin McFee, 05 Oct 2012
Not surprisingly, working with a producer of such pedigree helped inspire Band Of Horses to new heights and Ben confesses that there were times during the making of the record where he tried to impress the 70-year-old Englishman. Case in point: the slightly schizophrenic ‘Dumpster World,’ which is reminiscent of Radiohead’s ‘Paranoid Android’ in its construction.
“You think everything is nice and cool during ‘Dumpster World’ and then we just beat you over the head with some nasty old bullshit – it’s fucking hilarious,” he laughs. “But yeah, I was absolutely trying to impress Glyn, man. Especially on some of the more rock and/or roll stuff, just to get into his area of expertise. We were kinda mining a Stones and a Who vibe.”
In a few weeks time, Band Of Horses team up with another legend of the music world, Mr. Willie Nelson, and Ben confesses that playing the Railroad Revival Tour alongside him is a bit of a dream come true. “Oh my god, Willie’s one of the coolest people alive on this planet today,” he grins. “He’s as cool as advertised, man. This tour is going to be awesome. I’m sure we’ll be pinching ourselves the entire time and we won’t believe that it actually happened once it’s over.”
After that, Band Of Horses head to Europe in November and Ben tells us that he’s looking forward to returning to Ireland.
“We’re really excited to play the Olympia again, it’s an amazing venue,” he concludes. “This will be our third time gigging there and it’s one of our favourite places. Ireland’s always been good to us. We love the way you guys don’t go in for the ‘too cool for school’ thing. You’re like the opposite of the aloof, jaded music fan and that’s exactly like us too. It should be a great night.”
Mirage Rock is out now on Columbia. Band Of Horses play the Olympia, Dublin on November 17.