Band of Horses, originally known for a brief period as Horses, is an American rock band formed in 2004 in Seattle by Ben Bridwell. Bridwell (vocals, guitar) formed Band of Horses in 2004 after the break-up of his previous band, Carissa's Weird. The band's lineup, which included Mat Brooke for the debut album, has undergone several changes, though its current members, Bridwell, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey, Bill Reynolds, and Creighton Barrett, have all been together for several years.
Bridwell (vocals, guitar) formed Band of Horses in 2004 along with bassist Chris Early and drummer Tim Meinig. They were soon joined by former Carissa's Wierd bandleader Mat Brooke (guitar, vocals).The band initially received attention from Sub Pop after opening for Iron & Wine during Seattle area shows.
In 2005, the band released the, “Tour EP,” which was sold at shows and on Sub Pop's website. Their first full-length album, “Everything All the Time,” was recorded in 2005 with producer Phil Ek and released by Sub Pop in March 2006. It featured the band's original four-piece lineup, although both Tim Meinig and Sera Cahoone received drumming credits. The album included new versions of five of the six songs from the “Tour EP” along with five brand new songs.
Bridwell found that there was a personality clash between himself and Meinig and Early and the two left soon after the recording of the album. For the subsequent tour, Joe Arnone (guitar and keyboards), Rob Hampton (bass and guitar) and Creighton Barrett (drums) were brought in to play with Bridwell and Brooke. By mid-2006, Brooke had exited the band.
Band of Horses toured Europe and North America in 2007, prior to the release of their second album. Arnone was no longer part of the band, which now toured as a six-piece band following the addition of Matt Gentling (Archers of Loaf, bass), Robin Peringer (Modest Mouse, Carissa's Weird, guitar) and Ryan Monroe (keyboards) to the line-up.
Before recording their second album, Bridwell decided to relocate the band from Seattle to his native South Carolina. Their second album, “Cease to Begin,” was recorded in North Carolina and produced by Ek. It was released by Sub Pop Records in October 2007. The album featured the core trio of Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett and Rob Hampton, with keyboards played by Ryan Monroe. “Cease to Begin” gave Band of Horses their first hit in the U.S. by reaching #35 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.
Following the release of, “Cease to Begin,” Monroe became a permanent member of the band, along with new recruits Tyler Ramsey (guitar and vocals) and Bill Reynolds (bass). This once again made Band of Horses a six-piece band.
Their next album, “Infinite Arms,” was issued in May 2012 on the Columbia, Brown and Fat Possum labels. Aside from the North Carolina sessions at Echo Mountain Studios, parts of the album were recorded in Los Angeles at Perfect Sound Studios. The album was self-produced by the band, with additional production from Ek. Prior to the recording of the album, Rob Hampton left the band. The album was recorded by the current five-piece lineup of Bridwell, Ramsey, Reynolds, Barrett, and Monroe. It reached #7 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Alternative Album category.
Produced by Glyn Johns, the band’s fourth LP, “Mirage Rock,” was issued by Columbia Records in September 2012. The first single from the album, “Knock Knock,” was released in July 2012.