The Ghost Is Dancing Announce New Album

posted May 4, 2009

The Ghost Is Dancing Announce New Album

Canada's The Ghost Is Dancing have announced that their new album, "Battles On," will be released on July 28th via Sonic Unyon. The Ghost Is Dancing also kicked off a US tour this past weekend.

The Ghost is Dancing began as many bands begin, in a moldy basement during university. Kevin Corlis, Jim DeLuca, Jamie Matechuk and Odie Ouderkirk were returning home via Toronto's Spadina Ave, sweaty and exuberant after a Hidden Cameras show at the Horseshoe Tavern when they decided that they wanted to start a band. Jamie had spent the last year learning how to play Modest Mouse songs and Kevin was always banging away at his collection of keyboards and drums at home, plus Jim had been wanting his friends to play music with him since they first met in kindergarten. Gabrielle Nadeau lived upstairs and picked up an accordion, Eric Krumins eventually joined on bass, and soon they were asking everyone they knew to join. Somewhere between all their energies rested dozens and dozens of pop hooks and their first major battle was to find a way to put it all together.

The first self-titled EP was charming in its do-it-yourself-ness, and expressed the sheer joy the band felt performing and writing those songs. The EP received critical acclaim and the band drew immediate comparisons to The Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene and Modest Mouse, which all made perfect sense. Those were their favourite bands. Soon after their EP release they signed with Sonic Unyon Records and began work on their first LP, The Darkest Spark. In the fall of 2006 they recorded with Dale Morningstar at Gas Station Studios and in June 2007 they released "The Darkest Spark" to raving reviews from NOW, Chart and Spin Magazine and followed with performances on MTV, CBC and alongside The Hidden Cameras, Rogue Wave and Man Man.

Shortly after their first national tour The Ghost is Dancing shrunk in size. The economical rigours of touring, rehearsing and living with giant student debts had taken their toll. Throughout these changes, however, song-writing had continued and their musicianship had improved. Over the next year, TGID found themselves invading late-night swimming pools in Kentucky, barely avoiding head-on collisions in Quebec, and taking off all of their clothes in the back of a record store in Charlottetown. They would tour with new songs, new members, craft a tighter, more explosion live act and finish writing their next record, literally titled "Battles On" with Chris Stringer (Rush, Ohbijou, Timbre Timbre, The Coast).

Battles On Tracklist

  1. Dream Of A Failed Architect
  2. Battles On
  3. Rogues & Heroes
  4. This Thunder
  5. Stick Together
  6. Louis Riel
  7. Strange Times
  8. Battles Off
  9. Was a Universe
  10. Flashing Pictures
  11. Old Children
  12. Without Friends

The Ghost Is Dancing Live!

  • Apr 29 2009 Black Dog Edmonton, Alberta
  • May 1 2009 The Distrikt Regina, SK w/ Hot Hot Heat
  • May 3 2009 High Noon Saloon Madison, Wisconsin
  • May 4 2009 Vaudeville Mews Des Moines, Iowa
  • May 5 2009 Darkroom Chicago, Illinois
  • May 6 2009 Melody Inn Indianapolis, Indiana
  • May 7 2009 Rumba Cafe Columbus, Ohio
  • May 8 2009 Derby City Espresso Bar Louisville, Kentucky w/ Bedtime
  • May 9 2009 Al's Bar Lexington, Kentucky w/ Bedtime
  • May 10 2009 Garfield Artworks Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania w/ Japandroids
  • May 11 2009 Wilbert's Cleveland, Ohio
  • May 12 2009 Manhattan Room Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 13 2009 Millcreek Tavern Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 14 2009 Goodbye Blue Mondays Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 2009 Fontana's New York, New York
  • June 12 2009 The Gordon Best Theatre - Gordon Best Music Series Peterborough, Ontario
  • June 13 2009 Zaphod Beeblebrox Ottawa, Ontario