Monsters

Band of Horses is a group I just added to my shopping list the next Bandcamp Friday (April 2), along with First Aid Kit and Elephant Revival.

It is always more advantageous to artists if you buy music directly from them at shows or from their web stores. But the latter is not always practical, especially with shipping costs. In such cases I think I will buy more music from Bandcamp as, from what I have been able to discern, the site may pay more money to artists than other sellers. Bandcamp offers several download options (including lossless formats) and their files are easily added to the Apple Music app library. Plus, of course, Bandcamp Fridays, when all of a purchase, other than payment processing fees, goes to the publisher/artist.

But, back to Band of Horses. Lead singer and lyricist Ben Bridwell formed the indie rock group in Seattle, Washington, USA in 2004. Around 2007, Bridwell moved the touring band to Charleston, South Carolina to be near his family. While to date, I’ve only posted one of their songs, “On My Way Back Home,” from their 2010 album Infinite Arms, I’ve listened to much of their music and recently and really like the group’s sound and vibe. They have released five albums, the latest of which is Why Are You OK (2016).

After cruising around on YouTube looking for a song for today, I somehow landed on the audio for “Monsters” from their debut album, Everything All the Time (2006). It’s an intriguing song about the problems and challenges we tamp down or, as the song says, put up in a tree to hide them. But not dealing with our issues won’t make them go away; often, it makes them worse, and they can become like monsters, consuming us.

A tree for all these problems
They can’t find you for the moment
Then for all past efforts
They’re buried deep beneath
Your heart and somewhere in your stomach

And hatred for all others
When awful people, they surround you
Well, ain’t they just like monsters
They come to feed on me
Giant little animals to feed

Though to say we got much hope
If I am lost, it’s only for a little while, oh

A tree for all these problems
They can’t find us for the moment
Then for all past efforts
They’re buried deep beneath
Our hearts and somewhere in our stomachs

And hatred for all others
When awful people they surround you
Well ain’t they just like monsters
They come to feed on us
Giant little animals for us

Though to say we got much hope
If I am lost it’s only for a little while
Though to say we got much hope
If I am lost it’s only for a little while, oh

If I am lost, it’s only for a little while
If I am lost, it’s only for a little while

(“Monsters,” by Ben Bridwell, Mat Brooke, Chris Early, Tim Meinig.
Unofficial lyrics courtesy of Genius.com.)

The song has a spirited, charming vocal by Bridwell and a beautifully layered guitar/banjo section. It’s delightful to listen to, as I’m finding with almost every piece of theirs I hear.

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio from the Everything All the Time album page on Bandcamp:

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