Their first full-length album, Everything All the Time, was recorded in 2005 with producer Phil Ek and released by Sub Pop on March 21, 2006. It features the band’s original four-piece lineup, although both Tim Meinig and Sera Cahoone receive drumming credits.The album included new versions of five of the six songs from the Tour EP along with five brand new songs. It was a minor hit in Scandinavia, entering the lower reaches of the Sweden and Norway album charts.
Ben Bridwell explained the sound of the album, “I thought before recording that I really wanted an ELO-sounding record, with strings and keyboards and synths, but then, as we got closer to it, we wanted to take a more raw approach.”
Bridwell found that there was a personality clash between himself and Meinig and Early and the two left soon after the recording of the album. Ben explained his side of the story, “All of a sudden I was…with two guys I didn’t really even know…they were nice guys, there just wasn’t a personality match.”For the subsequent tour, Joe Arnone (guitar and keyboards), Rob Hampton (bass and guitar) and Creighton Barrett (drums) were brought in to play with Bridwell and Brooke.
Everything All the Time’s first single was “The Funeral”, which has been used in numerous television series, films, video games, and advertisements. On July 13, 2006, the band performed the song on the Late Show with David Letterman without Brooke, who had left the band.
He subsequently formed Grand Archives, who have since signed to Sub Pop and released two albums. Brooke explained how he joined Band of Horses, “So they ended up getting a show opening up for Iron and Wine in Seattle and Ben asked if I would just come up and do a couple songs, just ’cause we’re friends. So…I did that.
It was fun and then a couple of Iron and Wine tours came up…and then next thing I knew, we were in the studio making a record for Sub Pop.” On why he left, he said, “I’d never really given the commitment to be a formal member. It was just a spur of the moment…and Everything All the Time took off really fast…I still didn’t feel quite committed. It was still 100 percent Ben’s project and I kinda wanted to see what else I could do.”
Acoustic at the Ryman (2014)
On February 24, 2014, Band of Horses released a ten track live album, Acoustic at the Ryman, featuring stripped down versions of some of their best known songs. The album was recorded over two nights in April 2013 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The band played a 13-date run of acoustic performances across the U.S., which commenced on 11 February at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and concluded on 5 March at The Ryman itself.
Sing into My Mouth and Why Are You OK (2015–present)
On July 17, 2015, Ben Bridwell and Sam Beam of Iron and Wine released a covers album titled Sing into My Mouth. The fifth studio album is titled Why Are You OK and was released on June 10, 2016 through Rick Rubin’s American Recordings and Interscope Records
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