Thursday, October 7, 2010
Inspired by Cee Lo’s viral smash cover of their “No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band of Horses have teamed with the University of Georgia Redcoat Marching Band for their own unique take on “Georgia,” the recently leaked track from Cee Lo’s forthcoming Lady Killer album.
Having just premiered “Georgia” on the University of Georgia station WUOG, Band of Horses are now releasing the song as a double A-side 7-inch with Cee Lo’s rendition of “No One’s Gonna Love You,” available now at Bandofhorses.com/Georgia.
Bandofhorses.com/Georgia is offering an exclusive pre-order bundle including the Band of Horses/Cee Lo 7-inch, a limited edition T-shirt featuring “Georgia”-specific artwork and the digital single of “Georgia.” The T-shirt and 7-inch can be purchased separately, and the 7 inch purchase comes with an instant grat download of both tracks.
Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses recalls the genesis of the “Georgia” single: "This began as a very random idea I had on my dad's patio after we watched our beloved Georgia Bulldog football team get robbed of a win at the hands of the referees and LSU last year. I knew I wanted to pay homage to my favorite team in song but didn't have any idea how to begin. Once I heard Cee Lo's ‘Georgia,’ I was immediately smitten and figured that's as good as any tribute to any state I've ever heard. It wasn't until I heard his cover of our song though that it occurred to me: Duh, we should return the favor. Incorporating the Redcoat marching band was just the icing on the cake! This song is so nostalgic to me as my parents grew up in Atlanta and have so many family members in the great state of Georgia. It's always been a second home of sorts. We've played some great shows there as well, including our run of annual New Years Eve shows in Atlanta from 2007-2009.”
On another Georgia-related note, Band of Horses current U.S tour will wind down October 30 at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. The tour, which has featured landmark gigs including a sold out Sept. 25 headline stand at Los Angeles’ Greek Theater and a standout first ever appearance at Farm Aid that moved the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel to comment “Band of Horses shifted into blistering passages of noisy beauty that, against the prettiness, illuminated the music like sudden meteor storms blazing through a cloudless sky. The crowd certainly ooh-ed and aah-ed like starry-night spectators.”
The tour’s finale’ will be preceded by an Oct. 29 homecoming gala at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in Charleston SC, a portion of proceeds from which--as well as from the Oct. 28 date at Asheville NC’s Thomas Wolfe Auditorium--will benefit local chapters of the Leukemia and Lymphoma society and the Charleston Waterkeeper, whose mission is to preserve and protect the integrity of Charleston’s waterways by defending them from pollution and contamination.
The fall Band of Horses dates are the latest in support of the band’s third album, Infinite Arms, which recently landed at #16 on NPR’s “Listeners Pick 2010’s Best Music (So Far)” online poll. Band of Horses is Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Infinite Arms marks the recorded debut of long time touring members Ramsey and Reynolds, while Barrett and Monroe graced the band’s last album, Cease to Begin (which featured the original “No One’s Gonna Love You”). Through touring together in support of Cease to Begin and during breaks in the Infinite Arms recording process, the band have become a cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that founder Bridwell has crafted since the band’s inception.
Prior to “Georgia,” the latest addition to Band of Horses’ acclaimed discography arrived recently in the form of “Life On Earth” available exclusively on the new Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack, joining Infinite Arms, 2007’s Cease To Begin, the band’s 2006 debut album Everything All The Time, and a self-titled, self-released EP in 2005.
For further info, see below and continue to check back at bandofhorses.com.
October 12th – Tulsa, OK –Cain’s Ballroom
October 13th – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
October 14th – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
October 16th – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theater
October 17th – Indianapolis, IN –Egyptian Room
October 19th – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theater
October 21st – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
October 22nd – Detroit, MI – Fillmore
October 28th – Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
October 29th – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Performing Arts Center
October 30th – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theater
Posted by Dan Goldin at 9:33 PM