The jangly guitars and reedy vocals of Ben Bridwell return on Band of Horses new single, “Crutch.” “Crutch” is a return to form of sorts for the band and was taken from the upcoming “Things Are Great” album. “Things Are Great” will be released via BMG on January 21, 2022 bar any world ending disasters or plagues. Check out the lyric video, press release and tour dates below.
Band founder Ben Bridwell tells us, “I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’ starts with something from my real life. Obviously ‘Crutch’ means some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship for one. I think I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got a crush on you,’ and I thought it was funny how relationships also feel like crutches. I feel like everybody has had a time when nothing goes right and you still have to carry on. I think that feeling hits you in this song even if you don’t know what the specifics are.”
This time around Bridwell took a bigger role in production than he ever has previously, producing or co-producing every song on the album. He brought in old collaborators including Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, Dave Fridmann, and Dave Sardy, but it’s not just old friends who were able to help Bridwell achieve the sound he envisioned. For the first time he worked with engineer Wolfgang “Wolfie” Zimmerman. The two had an instant connection which can be felt throughout the record.
Emotionally intense, both on a personal and elemental level, the songs for the most part were written before the world shut down, when all of us were faced with our own mortality and began to take stock of our lives. Here we find Bridwell more autobiographical than he’s ever been on record detailing the nebulous frustrations and quiet indignities of relationship changes and what a person will do to make things right. And what you do when you can’t.
Band of Horses have been making their mark on the festival circuit this summer, playing Lollapalooza, Firefly and Austin City Limits this last weekend. They go straight into 3 nights of intimate shows at Brooklyn Made starting October 18th before continuing their North American fall tour. All dates are listed below.
Fall Tour Dates
10.18 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Made
10.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Made
10.20 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Made (SOLD OUT)
11.04 – Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom*
11.07 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater*
11.08 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre*
11.10 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic*
11.12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Palladium
11.13 – San Diego, CA – SOMA*
11.14 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues*