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Running wild with the Band of Horses.

IT'S no secret that gigs are never as much fun when you go on your own, as standing by yourself for a few hours will always dampen the mood.

However, for me there are a few select bands I am willing to do so for and Seattle alt-rockers Band of Horses are one of those exceptions.

First up, support act Animal Kingdom offer just enough to impress.

Their mix of vocals, piano, guitar, bass and drums may still be an untamed beast, perhaps needing a bit more shine, but there's certainly something there.

A respectable outing ahead of appearances at this year's Latitude and V Festivals.

Having played a well-received set on the John Peel stage at this year's Glastonbury and appearing at Scotland's T In The Park festival, there was time for Band of Horses to make a quick stop at the Leadmill.

Playing to a sold out crowd, singles Is There A Ghost? and The Great Salt Lake got things off to an equally exhilarating and haunting start.

The one thing that was clear tonight was the band's range of material - from Weed Party's simple but effective chord progressions, to the more chilled out groove of No One's Gonna Love You and epic ballads such as The Funeral.

There's something here for everyone. Even the new material bears promise, building on the band's distinctive sound.

They may still be relatively unknown in the UK but, with the kind of songwriting that creates a timeless feel to their music, it's only a matter of time before Band of Horses break into the spotlight.

Given the endless supply of sound-a-like alternative acts out there, it really is refreshing to find something a little bit different, as perfectly showcased by the set's closing track The General Specific.

A superb slice of Americana escapism on a very wet night in Sheffield.

ARTIST: Band Of Horses

VENUE: Sheffield Leadmill.

REVIEW BY: Tom Bailey.

SUPPORT: Animal Kingdom


TIMELESS: Band of Horses
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2008
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