Interview: Band of Horses
MTV: What was the writing process for ‘Mirage Rock’ like and how did it differ from your previous work?
Bill Reynolds: It was different for us this time because we recorded it 80-90% live. So we just kind of popped in a room and recorded it to tape, and it keeps it really rough, because we don’t really go fix mistakes ‘cause it’s not digital. So it’s just kind of documenting dudes playing in a room!
We also used a completely different producer who comes from a different style of work, Glyn Johns. So we really wanted him to have a heavy influence on it, we wanted to have his sound on it.
MTV: Do you have a favourite track on the album?
Bill Reynolds: It changes from time to time - right now I like the song ‘Shut-In Tourist.’ We don’t play it that much and when we play it it’s always really fun. To me it’s always been one of my favourites before the record was recorded – it was one of the very early ones in the process. It’s a little weird, and I like that.
MTV: You’re playing ‘Big Day Out,’ what are you looking forward to most about the festival?
Bill Reynolds: One of my favourite places to play in the world is Australia by far. The crowds are really receptive and I like to get out and see other bands, whoever’s playing down there, it’s always fun to do that.
MTV: What other acts on the bill are you keen to see?
Bill Reynolds: I definitely want to check out Animal Collective, and I’d like to see Against Me! and probably Crystal Castles, if we’re not playing at the same time as them.
MTV: What would you like to get up to in your down time? Is there anything you’re keen to see while you’re here in Australia?
Bill Reynolds: The wild animals! ‘Cause I watch all those crazy nature shows, that’s like my thing, and I can’t wait to see one of those big damn spiders that’s so vicious that everybody talks about, that jump at you. All the poisonous stuff, I’m into that!
MTV: Do you prefer to be on the road, or in the studio?
Bill Reynolds: Equally both. I really love being in the studio, I love the creative process of it. I have a recording studio in my house and I really love that part of it. But the road, it’s like, you get the physical side of getting out all your weird crazy self. You get to just shake it off. So they’re both healthy, I couldn’t imagine not having both.
MTV: You’ll also be playing some side shows, what kind of adjustments do you make to your performance or to your set when playing a club show vs a festival?
Bill Reynolds: Sometimes on the side shows we’re able to play quieter, slower stuff, but when we’re playing a festival we don’t really wanna bore people too much with that. So we just kinda keep it to where we’re trying to just blow their hair back with fun, you know!
MTV: Band of Horses has played alongside some great bands like Pearl Jam and Foo Fighters what do you take away from those gigs? Is there anything you’ve learnt from Grohl or Vedder, and has that influenced your own work?
Bill Reynolds: When you’ve been around those kinds of people you get a feeling of how to maintain, how to keep it going that long, you know what I mean? You learn how to design a set list in a way that is impactual; you learn how to play to a bigger audience, because you have to play differently when you play a big venue rather than a club. It humbles you, that’s the awesomeness.
Written by Lauren Alpe