Published Apr 18, 2007Few so-called "super groups live up to their hype, but Ghost House have managed to exceed it. Comprised of ex-members of dbs, Operation Makeout, Black Rice, the WPP and Billy the Kid, the bands personnel represent a solid portion of the last ten years in Vancouvers independent music scene. Originally released as a limited CD-R in 2005, the record has been re-released on CD and deluxe tri-colour vinyl thanks to Edmontons Reluctant Recordings. With their choppy keyboards and hyperactive rhythm section, the Ghost House gang have delivered a record that will stand the test of time. Combining Jesse Ganders urgent keyboard and vocal attack with Steve Matheson and Allan Boyles unrelenting rhythm section, the music complements Ganders stellar songwriting. Add guest guitar spots from Cadeauxs Katie Lapi and Secret Mommys Andy Dixon and you have a record of instantly classic indie rock that is at once familiar and brand new. From the explosive opening of "Transmit to the slow build of "Modern Manners, Departures shows what happens when enough care is put into a recording every song is perfectly crafted, every note precisely planned. Its hard to believe this is Ghost Houses first record.
(Reluctant, www.reluctantrecordings.com) (Reluctant)