Release Date: October 9, 2015
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The location and audience of Ghosts in Pocket’s first show says a lot about who they were and continue to be; a pancake dinner fundraiser for a local conservatory. The raw melancholy of Ghosts in Pocket’s sound was first heard by a swarm of sixth graders drunk on maple syrup and rock music. Looking back, Keith Beshwate, Zach Mullen, Chris Pulley, Nick Hartman, and Eric Atkinson would happily return, as they would any venue, for one specific reason: they love playing their songs for people who love hearing them.
And they’ve got something new to offer. Since the release of their first album Shadowbox in 2013, GIP has been recording, mixing, mastering, and praying that their new EP, Barberton, can make some new friends. After many long hours of work on this labor of love, they’re ready to present what they feel is the culmination of their sound: hard guitars, intricate drumbeats, and thoughtful lyrics, with a synth and trumpet or two.
Beshwate, the band’s singer-songwriter, found inspiration for the title Barberton after a momentary interest in basic geography led him to the discovery of the town of Barberton in Mpumalanga, a province of South Africa, with mountain ranges 3.5 billion years old, amongst the oldest in the world. He adapted this concept to the songs in what he feels is the firm root of the band’s sound; the title-track speaks to this very beginning, both in the lyrics and the song structure (a simple synth tone, bass bellowing, and an explosion of sound).
Raising the DIY-bar, GIP enlisted production savvy from John Glenn Kunkel of The New Division to accurately situate their National meets Interpol meets Killers sound. Recording was split between C4 Music Lab in Eagle Rock, CA and Kunkel’s converted home studio, allowing for an even blend of polished and raw sound. Additionally, hours were spent on drums with co-producer Israel Medina in order to fully realize GIP’s live resonance. This combination created the most accomplished work of the Ghosts career.
Often, no one particular song on Barberton was written the same. At any given moment, a particular drumbeat, vocal melody, or guitar hum served as inspiration for a larger concept, and was taken to its fullest potential. The major consistency in the songs is the mood, evoking the intensity of thought on the work’s subject. The lyrical focus revolves around meditations on isolation, desire for change, and an understanding of bizarre, often dream-like scenarios. The compositions are both sweet and raw, shifting seamlessly between moments of weighted noise and engaging hooks. Every song benefits from the craft of time, care, and effort that connects the members to their music.
Barberton will be self-released by the band.
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