For those of you reading this, you probably all know about the "Picks" section of the Tripwire. It's a place where you let your mind run free. A place where your music and/or movie taste can run wild. On March 20, 2006, exactly three months from today, a person who goes by "Nabojo23" chose Band of Horses' Everything All The Time as his or her pick. The time is now Tripwire readers, to reveal the true identity of this person. It was I. That's right, it was I, Jeffrey Thrope. And because Band Of Horses has stayed in the top three for three months, and because it was in fact me that started this revolution, I decided it would be fitting to go to their concert at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City and tell you about my experience.
Band of Horses came out on Friday to the beats of Chamillionaire's single, "Ridin," which was the PERFECT start to the set as my roommate and I had been singing the song all night. It was actually a little bit creepy, but I'll save that for another time. Ben Bridwell's voice, drenched in reverb, filled the room by singing "Monsters" to an incredibly excited crowd. Bridwell seemed almost giddy after the song was done and thanked the Bowery for doing such a good job on the sound. He explained that the previous night in Philly had been a disaster. The word "fuck" was used several times. Take that Philadelphia.
Everything All The Time is one of my favorite albums in a long while and expectations to see an album of that caliber played live are high. Bridwell's voice and demeanor were the highlights of the show and while there were points throughout the concert where it became a little slow during the new songs, it was songs like "Weed Party" and "Funeral" that made the late show well worth every second. There are a lot of albums that I enjoy that I have an easy time understanding why others tend to dislike them. This is an exception. This album is so full of energy and beautiful lyrics, melodies, and well, reverb, that it's hard not to fall head over heels for it. The concert wasn't too much different, but it had an added bonus of a cover of Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams." The cover was a little slower and a little more "countryish" than the original and I kept hoping that they would stop their version and bust into the fast, upbeat HaO version, but this never happened. Oh well.
The show was real similar to the album, but why the hell shouldn't it be? The album is perfect, so why in God's name would you want to stray away from that? If you made a bad album, then by all means, change up your live show. But if you write a bunch of beautiful songs and record them for an album, why wouldn't you perform them the exact same?
And just a little stupid little theory to close on; After going back and listening to "You Make My Dreams," I listened to a bunch of other Hall and Oates tunes. It seems to me that Ben Bridwell listened to a bunch of Hall and Oates. Case in point: Listen to "Everytime You Go Away" and you'll see that Hall's pronunciation of "problems" is the exact same as Bridwell's on the first line of "Monsters." This is probably nothing, but it's a different pronunciation of the word than I've heard from a lot of singers and it's exactly the same. Weird.