Band of Horses
"I had no idea about Fully Flared. I was getting texts and e-mails: âGood job on that Lakai video"
Interview & photo: Jeremy Conant
I was unsure what to expect with this one. You know how it goes when a band gets big enough to be passĂ©. I met up with drummer Creighton Barrett in Berkeley while Band of Horses were touring for Infinite Arms. Once I learned that Creighton demands to tour with a quarterpipe and could probably recognize more skatersâpast and presentâthan you, I understood why heâs sitting pretty. Thanks for the beers, man. Weâll see you out there.
How did you end up in Band of Horses?
I failed out of art school and didnât know what to do. I have two sisters. The middle sister was going to school in Charleston, South Carolina, and I was like, âFuck it. Iâll just move down there and find a job.â I met Ben Bridwell when we were both 19. We played in punk bands together for a couple years before Ben moved out to the Northwest where some friends of his were making music. I told them, âOnce you get settled, bring me out.â Two years after that he moved me out to Seattle. When he was making the first Band of Horses record the rhythm section kind of shit the bed. Ben called and asked if I could fill in at the studio, but I couldnât because I was on tour with my band at the time, The New Mexicans. Once the record was done he still wanted me to join,
so I did and weâve been playing ever since.
How did you get involved with the folks over at Crailtap?
A lot of it has to do with Ty Evans; he was a fan of the band. We were touring with our friend Travis Graves, whoâs also a skater. He was opening up for us, and I was playing drums for both bands double-duty style. Iâd met Jason Dill in New York; this was right when Ty started Skate Fairy. He did a high-def thing with Daryl Angel to a song off the first record. Sub Popâs always had a relationship with Girl. Girl did a demo tour DVD and they used another song of ours for that. I had no idea about Fully Flared. I was getting texts and e-mails: âGood job on that Lakai video,â and I was like, âWhat the fuck?â I finally got a copy and it was justâŠobviously, Guy Mariano,
it was mind-blowing to see that. I get to meet all my favorite skaters. I just skated the Girl park the other day with Guy, and Fabian Alomar was there, Rudy Johnson and Rick Howard showed upâitâs been really fucking awesome.
And you gotta be stoked on the song in Twilight.
Well, I have always loved vampires and werewolves. Me and the bass player, Bill Reynolds, were drunk as shit at like four in the morning and came up with this song.
We recorded it for the new record, but we knew it wasnât going to make it on there. Twilight wanted an exclusive track so they took it. I guess it kind of applies to vampires, âLife on EarthââI donât know. But it was cool, took the mom to go see it, made her happy, butâŠyeah. Itâs pretty ridiculous.
How was touring with Pearl Jam?
Awesome. I was never a Pearl Jam fan as a kid. That was at the height of my musical snobbery back then and me thinking I was punk. Everyday theyâd roll into these arenas, and the crew builds the stage and the PA. An operation on that level is just insane to see. Those guys are so awesome. It kind of makes you re-think what being punk in the music business actually is, âcause those guys are seriously bad-ass. Nothing gets by them. They have a hand in everything. Seeing that every night was seriously inspirational, you realize that you do know those songs. Eddie came out and sang songs with us. Ben actually ended up singing âHunger Strikeâ during our last show at Madison Square Gardens with them. He took the Chris Cornell part. It was a killer time. And Jeff Ament skates. We got to skate the Chelsea Piers park in New York. That park is fucking gnarly; scared the shit out of me.
Tell me about the Gonz drawing.
We were playing in Brooklyn. I hadnât seen Dill in a while, and he called me. He shows up and heâs with Anthony Van Engelen, and Iâm just like, âHoly fuck, radical!â He hands me this manila folder and says, âHereâs a present.â I open it up and itâs a Gonz drawing, one of his little dough men playing drums, and it just says Band of Horses. I donât know how I ended up with it, but itâs my most prized possession.
I havenât even seen the Emerica video yet.
Itâs in the bus, man. Itâs pretty fucking mind-blowing.
Iâve been waiting to pick it up. I donât want to download that shit.
I canât imagine not buying the videos. To have that thing to take home and watch, I really hope that doesnât fucking die out. The whole process: You go to your shop, see your bro, you buy it and then you all watch it and go skate. I really hope that doesnât die out.
Itâs nice to meet you, man.
Abso-fucking-lutely, this is a dream come true. Iâve always wanted a Thrasher interview. We were in Athens, Georgia last spring doing a warm-up show for this tour. I look out the window from the backstage and four vans pull up. The first person out was Jake Phelps. It was the Skate Rock tour. That was the very first time I met Ty and I just had to shake his hand because heâs a bad-ass, but also, like, âThank you for putting our band in skate-boarding.â Slash came up to meâhe just looks at me and goes, âWhy are all the girls going to your show?â
You think if one your bandmates was really into yoga, theyâd be all over the yoga mags?
Exactly. Iâm a skateboard enthusiast. I skate every day. Iâm lucky enough to have the dudes know that I like skateboarding so much that they let me do it. I mean, the sound guys and shit like that, as soon as they saw the ramp get put on the truck, they were like, âUugh, come on dude.â All Iâm going to do is try to get my back dâs down again. Keep it simple. Youâre still old, but ollie something every day. I have to. Nothing else is going on when Iâm skateboarding. Itâs the best, especially if you didnât grow up liking football and stuff like that. This is what we do. Itâs not âLetâs go toss the old pigskin.â Itâs âLetâs go skate!â
Any advice to skaters?
Donât get your parents involved. Remember, itâs just skatingâyou might not make it, itâs not that big of a deal, go to college if you can. Itâs rad to read an interview with a kid whoâs in school and still shreds. Donât party too much âcause youâll get fat. When I land something my tits shake. You can put that in there. Iâm sick of feeling my tits shake when I ollie.
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