Band Of Horses frontman announces Birdsmell solo project

Singer says he wants to "not give a damn about anything"

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Band Of Horses' Ben Bridwell has announced plans to release a solo album under the name Birdsmell

Bridwell will use the title to tour the US in November, with a limited edition 7" featuring solo tracks available for fans to buy at the gigs. Alternatively, you can stream Birdsmell's 'Throw My Mess Around' and 'Tulsa' below. Discussing his reasons for going solo, Bridwell explained that he wants to have fun and "not give a damn about anything".

"While living in Minneapolis in 2008, I covered the George Harrison song, 'Your Love Is Forever' with some buddies of mine," he says in a press release. "The track ended up being released on a Starbucks compilation. A few years later, I enlisted those same musicians to record some songs of mine that had been sitting around for far too long, some of which could be said to be uncomfortably silly and devoid of all reasonable taste. I wasn’t exactly in a rush to get them out to the discerning earholes of the public. Regardless, this project was pure enjoyment for me and it was nice to not give a damn about anything, but having fun recording these songs."

Bridwell appeared on Biffy Clyro's double-album 'Opposites' earlier this year. Speaking to NME about the collaboration at the time, he said: "I got an email from our manager via their A&R rep asking if I'd be interested in singing on a couple of songs. I'm a huge fan of those guys, especially of their last record, so I just freaked out. I couldn't believe it."

Band Of Horses have released four studio albums to date, including the 2012 album 'Mirage Rock'.

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