Apogee’s Berkeley Street Studio opened its doors once again for a private KCRW-recorded live performance and interview with this month’s guest, Band of Horses–a studio performance permitting only 200 people, and becoming the most intimate venue the band has ever played at in Los Angeles. Jason Bentley, KCRW’s Music Director, kicked off the intimate evening and introduced the quintet, who recently released their fourth album, Mirage Rock, produced by the legendary Rolling Stones/The Who producer, Glyn Johns. Broken up into parts, the set began with an acoustic-only performance, which led into front man, Ben Bridwell’s interview with Jason Bentley.
Ben talked about working with Johns and vulnerably sharing almost 60 demos with a living legend to turn bare bone songs into layered masterpieces in the studio. “I can’t even remember what’s on the album right now!” he joked.The album, freshly written while touring for their preceding LP, Infinite Arms, has “Slow Cruel Hands of Time,” and “Electric Music.” We learned a little bit more about the self-professed “terrible musician:” Not only is he unrealistically humble, but he also cut off his education in his 9th year of school to pursue music–he didn’t like the top 40’s, but couldn’t knock it until he tried it. “I don’t have the right to complain about anything unless I try it myself.”
Trying and succeeding, the boys started up again, this time with an electric set including their main hit, “Funeral.” It was the perfect balance of acoustic, electric, and dialogue. Although the compacted crowd was urged not to cheer or applaud during the recorded performance, which will air October 5th on KCRW, cheer they did nonetheless.