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Time right for Band of Horses

Beard-clad rockers finally ready for highly anticipated third coming

  • 13/04/2010
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US indie rockers Band of Horses have debuted material from their highly anticipated new album at a one-off gig in London.

The group’s third album Infinite Arms is out on 17 May and they say they are “very excited” about its release after spending two years working on it.

“It’s been a long time coming,” keyboardist Ryan Monroe told 6 Music before their show at Koko on Monday.

Their debut Everything All the Time came out in 2006 and the band have embraced a long list of members and collaborators since then.

After the debut, the band swiftly recorded acclaimed follow-up Cease To Begin to “strike while the iron was hot”.

“But this one was taken to different studios all over the place so it’s been a long time coming for sure,” Monroe said.

"We’re in a weird period where we’re trying out the new songs that no-one has heard yet."

Ryan Monroe

“We had a lot of time to do it. We just relaxed and did it ourselves, produced it ourselves.”

The group are currently on a European tour before the release of Infinite Arms.

“We’re in a weird period where we’re trying out the new songs that no-one has heard yet,” Monroe said.

“That’s, like, half our set, so hopefully there will be different reactions after they know the songs.”

The band will return to the UK in June, with dates including support slots with Snow Patrol, and will also appear at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August.

They will also support Pearl Jam on 10 major dates in the US next month.

“They were one of my favourite bands when I was a young teenager,” Monroe said of the Seattle veterans.

“They’re still making awesome records, they’re super influential to me and I think they’re incredible. It’s going to be awesome. Playing arenas is going to be bonkers.”

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