Band of Horses, arguably South Carolina’s lushest purveyors of country rock, are returning from a three-year recording break with their third record, Infinite Arms. Their follow-up to 2007’s Cease to Begin (TMT Review) will be released May 18 on Brown Records. And on Fat Possum Records. And on Columbia Records! So does that make Infinite Arms Band of Horse’s major label debut? Or just one-third of a major label debut? Tough questions for tough times.
Aside from the new label(s), there are a lot of new changes in the Band of Horses world. While past Band of Horses records have been mostly the creation of bandleader Ben Bridwell, Infinite Arms contains a greater degree of contributions from all group members, including the recording debut of touring members Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Ol’ Mr. Bridwell says, “in many ways, [Infinite Arms] is the first Band of Horses record,” due to the new contributions.
Not everything has changed for Band of Horses, though. The new record was produced by the band themselves, but with help from Phil Ek, who also produced their first two records, along with about half the records currently in existence. And, like their past records, the record will include photography from Christopher Wilson.
During the songwriting and recording process of Infinite Arms, Band of Horses spent time in a variety of locales, including Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Mojave desert, Northern Minnesota, the Hollywood Hills, and the Carolinas. Apparently, all this travel has gotten the band a little restless, as the group has embarked on a pretty huge world tour. It’s almost like an… infinite tour! Ha! Make up your own puns relating to Everything All The Time (TMT Review) and Cease to Begin — it’s not hard.
Band of Horses tourdates:
03.18.10 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ (SXSW)
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
04.08.10 - Paris, France - La Fleche D’or
04.09.10 - Brussels, Belgium - Orangerie
04.10.10 - Rotterdam, Netherlands - Motel Mozaique, Schouwburg
04.12.10 - London, UK - Koko
04.14.10 - Koln, Germany - Kulturkirche
04.16.10 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
04.17.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Tradgarn
04.18.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.23.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater *
04.24.10 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater *
04.27.10 - Gainesville, FL - Rion Ballroom
04.28.10 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
04.29.10 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
05.01.10 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
05.02.10 - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
05.27.10 - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
05.30.10 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater #
05.31.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival
06.05.10 - Bangor, IE - Ward Park !
06.09.10 - London, UK - Roundhouse
06.12.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Bellahouston Park !
06.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Olympic Island Concert $
09.25.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
* Widespread Panic
# She & Him
! Snow Patrol
$ Pavement, Broken Social Scene