Making Movies, Butchers Blind
93 N. 6th St.
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
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“I wanted us to sound less like a stiff, white indie-rock band and more in the groove.”
That’s Andrew Connor, frontman of Ghosty, talking about his band’s new self-titled release, out August 20 on High Dive Records. He adds, “I wanted it to have the kinds of sounds you hear on an old soul record.”
That’s a bit of a departure from previous Ghosty records. The group has previously worked with Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) and Trent Bell (Flaming Lips, Chemical Brothers) chiseling out an elegant kind of Midwestern indie rock, equal parts Beach Boys and Pavement. It was a winning sound: Grow Up Or Sleep In and Answers drew notice from NPR and The New York Times.
But with Ghosty, the group has downsized to a trio, with Mike Nolte (who also runs sound for Starfucker’s live shows) on bass and Bill Belzer (a touring drummer for Uncle Tupelo back in the day) behind the kit. Accordingly, Ghosty has more of a sense of urgency, albeit without sacrificing any of the beauty and musical intricacy of Connor’s songwriting.
Connor says he was inspired by the analog sounds on Locked Down, the 2012 Dr. John album produced by the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach. “I was obsessed with it,” Connor says of the album. “It’s all about the musicianship and these huge sounds they get from the analog recording. It takes my breath away.”
The lush, motoring bass line on opening track “Take” bears out Connor’s desire for a groove – it’s unlike anything you hear on indie-rock records today. From there, Ghosty is a steady procession of melodic, concise, harmony-rich, complex pop music.
Ghosty is being released on High Dive Records, a new label focused on the Kansas City and Lawrence scenes. “I wanted to put together a label with some of the best bands in the area, and Ghosty was an obvious choice,” says Jeff McCoy, founder of High Dive. “They’re one of those rare bands that’s both really respected by all the musicians in the area and has really enthusiastic fans. I’m thrilled a band like Ghosty would work with us.”
The band is touring the Midwest and East Coast this summer
"We like to think we play music that needs to
exist," says Making Movies singer, songwriter and
guitarist, Enrique Chi. Combining indie rock dy-
namics with African rhythms and some magically
real inspiration from folkloric
Latin America, Making Movies
makes music that matters now:
Rhythmically adventurous, lyri-
cally substantive, and melodi-
cally sensuous---the progressive
The band's second album, A La
Deriva, tells a story based on the
struggles of an immigrant family
that tragically falls apart in Amer-
ica, and its impact on the following
generation. Produced by Steve Berlin of Los Lobos,
the band's strong lyricism, persistent percussive
waves, and innate sense of straddling two cultures
flowed easily into becoming a bilingual recording.
"Since I was six years old my life has been in both
English and Spanish so I find it natural to make our
music the same way," explains Chi. "Some poetry res-
onates more in one language or the other and we try to
pick the best language for the purpose of each song."
Butchers Blind are a band that plays American Music. Their sound hearkens back to a simpler time before Rock & Roll was divided into a million small sub-genres and songwriting was still the order of the day. One may be able to hear the influences of Uncle Tupelo, Gram Parsons and The Band in their songs, but the real magic is how they blend these ingredients into a musical recipe all their own.
Butchers Blind formed in 2009 in Bellerose, New York. Pete Mancini, Paul Cianciaruso, Brian Reilly, and Christopher Smith came together through mutual friends and a shared love of music. In 2011, they signed with Paradiddle Records, an independent record label based out of Huntington, New York. That year they released their debut CD, Play for the Films. The Mancini-penned tunes on Play for the Films were inspired by travel journals kept by his father as well as experiences from his own cross-country travels. The album was a critical success, garnering the band favorable reviews and radio airplay around the world.
Their new record, Destination Blues, marks a significant step forward for the band. They are venturing into new musical territory while keeping one foot firmly grounded in the sound they established with their first record, Play for the Films. The focus for this album was on capturing the live energy of the band – which you can feel in the energetic performances throughout the record. When you listen to the music of Butchers Blind, it’s the performance and the songwriting that draws you in - and if you listen close enough, you can hear the future of American music in every note.
Butchers Blind has opened for Blues Traveler, Iain Matthews, Robbie Fulks, Turin Brakes, Marah, Yarn, Casey Neill, Steve Forbert, and James Maddock.
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