Friday, October 26, 2007

Band of Horses 'Begin' new life as trio

Indie rockers Band of Horses have weathered the departure of founding guitarist Mat Brooke and will return to the road this fall with a new studio album set for release in October.

The band was down to sole remaining member (and co-founder) Ben Bridwell following Brooke's resignation last year, but are back up to trio strength with the addition of new members Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett. Brooke's stated reason for splitting with Bridwell was to focus attention on his other going concern, indie rockers Grand Archive.

The reformulated Band of Horses will kick off its fall/winter outing Oct. 14 in Atlanta, with the group expecting to hit 21 cities on a trek that runs late into November. All dates are listed below.

"Cease to Begin," due in stores Oct. 9, is the follow up to last year's critically lauded "Everything All the Time," the band's full-length debut on the Sub Pop label. For the new disc, the group worked once again with producer Phil Ek, splitting studio time between Seattle and Asheville, NC. The album will ship in both CD and vinyl formats, with the CD version including eight removable photo cards featuring pictures by longtime Band of Horses photographer Christopher Wilson.

Bridwell and Brooke formed Band of Horses in 2004 out of the ashes of their previous band, Carissa's Weird, which released three indie-label albums. Already well known in Seattle indie circles, the duo signed with Sub Pop and toured extensively with Iron & Wine and Okkervil River before cutting their debut album.

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