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Band Of Horses Rise To Own Expectations

Of the Oakland Press

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After a debut album, last year’s “Everything All the Time,” that was a finalist for the prestigious Shortlist Music Prize, a lot was expected for Band of Horses’ new sophomore set, “Cease to Begin.”

But frontman and chief songwriter Ben Bridwell says he didn’t even start to consider those expectations.

“My goal was not to have any goal in mind at all, actually,” says Bridwell, 29, who co-founded the rootsy rock group in Seattle in 2005 and has since moved back to his native South Carolina.

“If anything, we all just got together and said, ‘We have this many songs. Let’s record them all and not worry about it.’

“I guess there was a goal to keep it more laid-back in the studio and not worry about click tracks and overthinking too much. But for the most part, it was ‘write what you know and play what comes naturally.’ ”

Bridwell says that moving back home did make an impact on the songs he wrote for “Cease to Begin,” however.

“There are definitely kind of homecoming aspects, for sure,” he acknowledges. “The vibe of being around family influenced some of the lyrics for me — just parents getting older, siblings having babies, just being more locked in with our family.

“But a lot of these songs were written while we were in Seattle, as well, so you’ve got both of our worlds in there. It was really about just trying to stretch my legs as a songwriter, I guess.”

Band of Horses, the Drones and Tyler Ramsey perform Saturday (Nov. 10) at the Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (248) 858-9333 or visit www.thecrofoot.com.

Web Site: www.thecrofoot.com

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