We are the ever-living ghost of what once was :: VOTD

No One’s Gonna Love You :: Band Of Horses
from the album, Cease To Begin

No One’s Gonna Love You is the second single from Band of Horses’ second album Cease to Begin, which was released on February 25, 2008. The song reached # 22 in the Danish Charts. The single received significant radio airplay, particularly in Seattle where the band formed. The song has been used in several TV programs, such as ChuckOne Tree Hill and Numb3rs, as well as appearing in the film Zombieland.

Following the release of their debut album, Everything All the Time, founding members Mat Brooke, Chris Early and Tim Meinig all left the band. Band leader Ben Bridwell recruited Joe Arnone (guitar & keyboards), Creighton Barrett (drums) and Rob Hampton (bass & guitar) as replacements, although Joe Arnone left the band prior to their 2007 tour. Robin Peringer (Modest Mouse – guitar), Matt Gentling (Archers of Loaf – bass) and Ryan Monroe (keyboards) joined the band for the tour, although only Monroe stayed for the recording of Cease to Begin. After the album’s release he became a full band member.

The album debuted at # 35 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and was # 47 on Rolling Stone’s list of the Top 50 Albums of 2007. It was also a minor hit in Scandinavia, charting in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. Cease to Begin was released in Japan on July 23, 2008 by Tear Bridge Records. The Japanese version featured an enhanced video for Is There a Ghost plus three live bonus tracks, including a cover of Ronnie Wood’s Act Together, written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, which he recorded for his album, I’ve Got My Own Album to Do.

Ben Bridwell described the sound of Cease to Begin,

I guess the first record had some kind of country-ish leanings…I think there’s maybe a little bit more of [that] feeling on it, a little more down-home…not so much indie rock.

The first track, Is There a Ghost, was made available for download on the band’s MySpace page on August 28, 2007 and made # 93 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. The song became the band’s first single to chart in the United States, peaking at # 34 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album’s second single No One’s Gonna Love You was featured as a free iTunes download, distributed at Starbucks locations.

Editor’s Note: This song reminds me of an airport hotel, the blinking lights just outside the window, and the secrets shared inside of that room. I always felt second place to you, but I loved you more than you will ever know, more than anyone had before.

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