Band Of Horses have been making soaring, country-inflected festival-rock for so long that it’s almost shocking to hear frontman Ben Bridwell’s high-lonesome twang in any other context. But Bridwell has a new low-key solo thing going on. Operating under the name Birdsmell, he’s posted a few stripped-back acoustic songs on Soundcloud, and I have to say, they sound really good. “Throw My Mess Around” in particular. He’ll also spend a couple of weeks in November on a short tour of Southeastern U.S. venues, and this whole thing could be exactly what Bridwell needed; the quieter setting suits his voice. Below, listen to “Throw My Mess Around,” “Why Were You Born?,” and “Tulsa.”

Those dates:

11/02 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
11/04 – Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
11/06 – Asheville, NC @ The Lab
11/08 – Knoxville, TN @ The Bowery
11/09 – Chattanooga, TN @ Rhythm & Brews
11/11 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
11/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
11/15 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt
(via Pitchfork)

Bridwell will sell a 7″ single of “Why Were You Born?” and “Tulsa” at the shows.

Comments (5)
  1. Birdsmell? Really? ‘Bridwell’ would have been a fine name, or even “Birdwell.” But Birdsmell?

  2. The word smell should never be used in any band’s name, surely.

  3. Birdsmell sounds like a pure Cormac McCarthy or William Faulkner reference/homage. If that’s the case, I’m all about it. If not, it reminds me enough of those authors to still think it’s pretty cool.

    For how disappointing the last couple BoH albums have been, I’m digging this pretty well.

  4. I’m enjoying this a lot more than the last few BOH albums as well.

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