Band Of Horses Why Are You OK on LP
Fifth Full-Length Produced by Jason Lytle, Executive Produced by Rick Rubin & Mixed by Dave Fridmann
Why Are You OK (Interscope Records/American Recordings) is the fifth full-length studio effort from Band of Horses and follow-up to 2012's Mirage Rock. The album was produced by Jason Lytle, executive produced by Rick Rubin and mixed by Dave Fridmann. The 12-track release comes preceded by lead single "Casual Party."
In the past, Band of Horses founder and leader Ben Bridwell would literally run away from home to write: holing up in a secluded cabin or other such remote location, emerging months later with new songs for his band to flesh out and fully animate. This time – whether by happenstance or conscious need for a drastic change – Ben stayed home to write. In the estrogen-charged atmosphere of a home shared with his wife and four daughters he allowed his everyday experiences to inform his process. Between dropping off and picking up the girls, changing diapers, and playing dress up, Bridwell spent every precious free minute – often the wee hours of the morning into daybreak – in his garage writing.
While Bridwell and his bandmates – Tyler Ramsey, Ryan Monroe, Creighton Barrett and Bill Reynolds – convened in South Carolina alongside producer Lytle (Grandaddy), Bridwell struggled to bring the new material into focus. One day, at a particularly crucial part of the recording process Ben's phone rang. It was Rubin – who'd randomly heard a Band of Horses song on the radio during a drive, and had been moved to pull over and call. Without going into details, Bridwell can't stress the value of this phone call enough. It was exactly the final push that his songs needed on their journey from conception to being sent out into the world.
The result is Why Are You OK, a record informed by experience and at the same time retaining the vulnerability that birthed their greatest songs. Creating capsule worlds populated by the strange but true cast of characters from Bridwell's hometown of Charleston, SC, Why Are You OK‘s songs combine universal sentiments with his patented knack for storytelling – all wrapped in the lush melodic textures that have long been the bedrock of Band of Horses' signature sound.