Band of Horses stomped back on Tuesday (Oct. 12) with, "Crutch," the high-energy first single from the band's upcoming sixth full-length album, Things Are Great. The group's first record in five years is due out on Jan. 21 via BMG and a release describes it as a "return to their earlier work and the kind of raw ethos that lies at the heart of Band of Horses."
The impressionistic "Crutch" features the band's familiar mix of double-time acoustic guitars, occasionally inscrutable lyrics and singer Ben Bridwell's longing, ethereal vocals as he sings, "Not, not a long time ago when I knew all the answers/ I couldn't pace myself or raise my standards/ But one can hope, you need to know," he sings before dipping into the double-meaning chorus.
"I got a crutch on you/ Just sick of needing something to do/ Tablets in my pocket at the Easter soiree/ Bouncing off the carpet in line for TSA," Bridwell croons. "I think like a lot of my songs, ‘Crutch’ starts with something from my real life," the singer explained in a statement. "Obviously ‘Crutch’ means some of the things that I was dependent on. My relationship for one. I think I wanted to say, ‘I’ve got a crush on you,’ and I thought it was funny how relationships also feel like crutches. I feel like everybody has had a time when nothing goes right and you still have to carry on. I think that feeling hits you in this song even if you don’t know what the specifics are.”