Ghosty

“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

Making Movies

"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
Latino sound.

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

"Butchers Blind formed in 2009 when they independently released their first single, "One More Time." In 2011 they released their first full length record "Play For the Films" on Paradiddle Records. With the addition of Joe Sanders on lead guitar, they have expanded their live sound drastically. The band looks to the future as they work on the songs for their second album."

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