After a sprawling opus like 2011's "Infinite Arms," Band of Horses wanted to try a more simple approach. So for the South Carolina-based rockers' fourth album, "Mirage Rock," they cut out all the fuss of digital recording, and brought in seasoned rock vet Glyn Johns to produce.
"Because the last album was so painful, in a way," starts singer Ben Bridwell, before clarifying, "well, painfully long at least, it made sense to try and do something simple."
Bridwell now has a seasoned crew behind him, because this lineup solidified before recording "Infinite Arms." The result is a dusky country rock set buoyed by airtight vocal harmonies, and the process of recording went more quickly than its predecessor.
"Once Glyn seemed interested, well, his method of recording strictly analog and live just seemed to take a lot of the guess work out of things."
Having a reputation for creating rock landmarks didn't hurt: Johns has produced records for The Rolling Stones, The Who and The Eagles.
"His incredible pedigree, the incredible albums that he's produced, that was obviously really enticing," Bridwell agrees. "But the method itself seemed like an obvious direction to go in after the last one was so over-thought. It was nice to have an extra set of ears and also just a completely different perspective, him coming from a different era of music in general."
It’s electric ... or it’s not
Band of Horses pulls double-duty in New York, playing an acoustic show and an electric one, both on the same day.
“We’ve gotten used to doing promo stuff where we go to a record store and play and then go do a proper show,” says Bridwell. “We’re used to packing it in. But I’m not sure that we have ever done two proper shows like this. The original idea was to try and make something interesting happen in New York. Because we have embraced our acoustic side in promos, it’s a good way to flip the script.”