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The Band of Horses Interview

Thursday, July 15, 2010


SA 11. Your family has been your biggest supporter and has been at every show I've seen you play. Did you guys go to any major sporting events when you were a kid, and do you have a highlight memory from that time as far as seeing something cool happen with your dad?

BB Coolest thing was my dad being the coach of a lot of teams I was on and mom being at every game. Living in Columbia, SC (screen door to Hell), we didn't go to any "cool" sporting events unless they were our own. Got to see some cool concerts though. First was Temptations w/ Four Tops, O'Jays, and Levert!

SA 12. Do you have time to go to baseball or football games now that BoH is blowing up? And if so, are you ready to be asked for autographs while you're taking in a game?

BB No and No.

SA 13. If BoH was asked to sing the National Anthem before a big game, which one would you pick?

BB That's a tough song! I'd do it at a UFC fight maybe and hope it's not being filmed.

SA 14. I know you have a special place in your heart for baseball and I play in a fantasy league with Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich from Pavement. If Malkmus gave you the invite, would you try to play with us next year? We'd love to have you.

BB Pavement is my favorite band ever! I'll do anything for them.

SA 15. Speaking of Pavement, do you plan on catching one of the reunion shows this year? I think you told me one time you stole/borrowed a station wagon to go see them play when you were a kid. Any other details about that night you can recall?

BB So lucky to catch them in Toronto this summer. One of my favorites out of so many Pavement shows. I'm totally that guy singing every lyric.

SA 16. You're playing Atlanta in October at the Fox Theater. Does that mean no New Year's shows this time around?

BB Time for a break I think.

SA 17. Do you ever get sick of your beard and think about chopping it? One of my favorite Youtube comments was "I had no idea that Abraham Lincoln was in Band of Horses."

BB I hate it.

SA 18. Ryan is probably the most gifted keyboardist I've ever seen play live and his instant classic, Older, made the new record. He's also a very funny guy. Am I right in my thinking?

BB Ryan is a living legend. He's easily the funniest person I've ever met. And possibly the greatest musical talent to boot!

SA 19. Last one...if you could have been a professional athlete, what sport/position would you have picked to play?

BB Pro Surfer would be fantastic! Travel to some of the most beautiful places on earth and connect solo with nature? I'd still choose music over anything though. If it is a "job" it's the best job ever!

So there you have it. Thanks again to Ben for taking the time to answer the questions. As I understand it, they're going to be touring a ton this year, so make sure to go check them out when they're in your neighborhood!


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Steve "Dr. A" Alexander is the senior editor for the NBA for Rotoworld.com and a contributor to NBCSports.com. The 2013-14 NBA season marks his 12th year of covering fantasy hoops for Rotoworld. Follow him on Twitter - @Docktora.
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