Band of Horses

Band of Horses

In the middle half of the 2000s, Seattle's Band of Horses was instrumental in helping to revive interest in pastoral folk rock, alongside fellow indie sensations Wolf Parade, the National and Fleet Foxes, among others. The band's 2006, debut, Everything All The Time, carried with it a barnstorm of hype prior to its release, as Band of Horses became Sub Pop's "it" band for the year. The album did not disappoint, winning near-universal plaudits and comparisons of frontman Ben Bridwell to Neil Young and My Morning Jacket's Jim James. The album's single "The Funeral" was highly celebrated, becoming ubiquitous on soundtracks for television, movies, and video games.


Standards were high for the band's follow up, but Cease To Begin (2007), featuring more mature songwriting, earned no fewer plaudits, reaching the Top 40 in the Billboard chart. That success was in no small part due to the band's soundtrack appearances.

The band's willingness to sell its songs started a controversy when "The Funeral" was featured in a Wal-Mart ad, launching a debate about indie bands selling their music in the era of poor record sales. The band waited longer to release its third album, Infinite Arms, in 2010. ~Ethan Stanislawski

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