Band on the gallop
BAND OF HORSES Olympia Theatre, Dublin Tomorrow 8pm ¤26 0818-719300 You’d be staking your claim on Grammy-nominated Band of Horses too easily if you called them a traditional American rock band. This is basically true, but there’s something about the way that frontman/ singer-songwriter Ben Bridwell manages to bring the music back from the precipice of ordinariness that marks the Seattle/South Carolina group as one of the best of their generation.
If you must, push them onto the plateau occupied by the likes of Fleet Foxes, Iron & Wine, Wilco and The Avett Brothers. Add to this list the occasional out-there righteousness of Neil Young at his most psyched-out and melodic.
The result – as captured on albums such as 2010’s Infinite Arms and this year’s Mirage Rock – is an outfit that catches the imagination while performing some of the best alt.folk-influenced guitar rock you’ve heard in a long, long time.
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