Sunday, December 09, 2007

"The picture was left on the front porch, the back said, 'I love you, don't you ever think of me?'"

On Monday, November 11th I saw Band of Horses (BoH) at the Metro. I have been looking forward to this show since I got their album Cease to Begin in October. This album at almost 35 minutes blew me away. Why is it so short? It is so good! I know it will end up on my list of best albums of 2007. I was just bouncing of the walls when Monday finally came. My friend Tim saw them in DC a few days before and was telling me how awesome of a show it was.

I arrived at the Metro fairly early. I really like the Metro. It reminds me a lot of my beloved 9:30 Club in DC. I stood in the front and center of the balcony (what a surprise!), and waited for the show to begin. There wasn’t much of a wait, before the opening-opening act, Tyler Ramsey:, took the stage. He is a guy with a guitar who played beautiful, dreamy, soft music. I really liked him and his voice. I didn’t know any of his songs, but was really impressed by them. His album A Long Dream About Swimming Across the Sea will be out in January. Fans of Iron and Wine or Mark Kozelek would really like him. He also ended up playing with BoH during their set.

The opening act was an Australian band called The Drones: They were loud and rough. In a way even painful to listen to physically…I covered my ears (forgot the earplugs…again!). I was not feeling them at all, and neither was the two gals standing beside me. It seemed like such an odd choice after Tyler. Plus they went on too long for my taste. I wanted more BoH time. I was so happy when they got off the stage.

So during the break I started up a conversation with the gals next to me. Turns out they were from the DC area, but we weren’t living there at the same time. They also told me that they loved the 9:30 Club and they liked to stand in “my spot.” Good thing we weren’t there at the same time. I’d hate to be the jerk that has to point out the little gold plated plaque with my name on it, and then ask them to move.

By the time BoH took the stage the crowd was going nuts. The first thing I thought was “Ben Birdwell has really let his beard get out of control.” How can you stand facial hair like that? Really?
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At one point he did put a hat on, but I still don’t think it helped with the hair situation.
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They immediately started (due to that damn 10pm show end time) and started with “Is There A Ghost”:

They then continued with songs from the new album and their first album Everything All the Time. They played:

“No One’s Gonna Love You”

“Weed Party”

“Our Swords”

“Part One”

“The Funeral”

They also played a song that seemed like it was a cover, but I have no idea what it is. If you do, please let me know. It was so good…or at least their version was!

And also: “LRC,” “Islands On The Coast,” “Marry Song,” “The General Specific,” “Great Salt Lake,” “The First Song,” and “Monsters.”

For the encore they played:

“Act Together” (cover song, original by The Rolling Stones)

You can see Ben pointing to his girlfriend at the start of the song.

“Cigarettes, Wedding Bands” (my FAVORITE song)

I really loved BoH live. This was my first time seeing them and I know it won’t be the last. This show was so fun and they are great performers. They still have some more US shows this year and the start of the next. In February they head off to Europe. So go when you get a chance.


BoH is such a great band. I just got my tickets to see them, again, in February.
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