The very excellent Band of Horses has announced that its highly anticipated new album, Why Are You OK, is set for release early summer.
This will be the band’s follow up to the excellent 2012 release Mirage Rock. The new album was co-produced by Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, and is set for released this June, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The announcement follows a cleverly orchestrated campaign by Band of Horses at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin last week to promote the album. Polaroids labeled #YRUOK were scattered throughout Austin in a scavenger-type hunt. Band of Horses started by unveiling details about the record on its Instagram account.
Produced by the band and Jason Lytle, Why Are You OK contains 12 songs, adding up to a total runtime of 50 minutes. It’s being released through Interscope and producer Rick Rubin’s American Recordings label, with Rubin also credited as executive producer on the album.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the band’s singer, Ben Bridwell, revealed that he had written a lot of the tracks for the new album in the middle of the night, giving him the ability to help tend to his four children by day. Bridwell said: “I work all night and then take them to school in the morning. I’m the f**king scariest dad in the school, I’m sure.”
The new album can’t come quick enough for the band’s fans. The last release of music from the outfit was at the end of 2014, when the band released a Christmas song.
It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Band of Horses released its brilliant debut album Everything All The Time. Were sure the new album will be every bit as good.