Ghost Box Orchestra hails from Boston, where the band has been unleashing mind-bending psychedelic rock since 2008. The band’s sound is rooted in the boot-stomp, cactus-rock guitar musings of Texas transplant Jeremy Lassetter. Having traveled far from the warmth of his home state to attend art school in Boston, Lassetter began working with keyboardist Nazli Green in 2007 after the two met at a party and discovered a shared love for Black Mountain, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age, and Autolux. The addition of Nazli’s haunting cathedral melodies found Lassetter’s songs ebbing and flowing into a more ambient beast. Soon after, Lassetter was introduced to local drone-and-reverb guitar phenom Christopher Johnson (a transplant himself, from Salt Lake City, Utah), who hails from more shoegazey roots. Lassetter shared his desert-psych demos with Johnson, who loved the fusion of sounds between 60s psychedelia, surf guitar, and rock. Their shared sense of tone idolatry and the massive dual-Jaguar guitar sound took the live prospect to the next level.
After the no-brainer addition of Johnson, the next hurdle was to find a competent drummer, a rare commodity in Boston. After overhearing he was a drummer at a Fourth of July barbecue in 2008, Nazli approached Martin Rex, unaware of his history with the local legendary space-rock outfit Lockgroove and psych-folk purveyors Broken River Prophet. Rex was immediately impressed with Lassetter’s demos and agreed to start practicing with the band immediately. Two bass players later, the group was lucky enough to recruit Rex's fellow Broken River Prophet bandmate Dennis Noble to bring his creative, incomparable bass constructs to bear on GBO’s now-monolithic live sound, reuniting with Rex in what was an already-established powerhouse rhythm section.
Ghost Box Orchestra’s live history includes shows across the country with the likes of Spectrum, Asteroid #4, Spindrift, Woven Bones, Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo, Woodsman, Early Day Miners, Disappears, Prince Rama, December Sound, and the Lovetones. Notably for 2011, the band headlined Boston's Deep Heaven Now festival and were invited by the Black Angels to play Austin Psych Fest 4. In 2012, the band was honored by the Boston Phoenix as best Psychedelic/Experimental act in its 2012 Best Music Poll.
Ghost Box Orchestra’s debut album, The Only Light On, was released in July 2010. A year later, they followed up with a cassette-only release of basement and improvised recordings called "Spring Tour Tape 2011". Their second full length album is due out in late Fall of 2012.
Jeremy Lassetter - Vocals, Guitar
Nazli Green - keyboards, Percussion
Chris Johnson - Guitar
Martin Rex - Drums
Dennis Noble - Bass
The Only Light On - released July 2010
Spring Tour 2011 Tape - released July 2011 - SOLD OUT
Who you gonna call for otherworldly rock?
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The Only Light On is a sumptuously multilayered affair for the senses; seven tracks of whisper-to-ro...The Only Light On is a sumptuously multilayered affair for the senses; seven tracks of whisper-to-roar delicacy and power that, taken together, make for a spectral stretch of music that sounds far greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Music to watch Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi to.
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"This is music to watch Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi to. There are seriously groovy sections (see if the ..."This is music to watch Baraka or Koyaanisqatsi to. There are seriously groovy sections (see if the opening of “The Lodge” doesn’t get you bobbing), washes of guitar, and expertly-chosen flourishes like chimes, barely-there vocals, percussion, cymbal sweeps, and a few effects I can’t even exactly name, but suspect come from a guitar. This EP fearlessly goes where few have gone before – it’s a long march, but it’s something like traveling with a hooded and mysterious companion, one that holds your interest and keeps you guessing the whole way." - Band Over Boston
Ghost Box Orchestra @ The B u t c h e r s h o p p e
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Ghost Box Orchestra opens the party with a terrific set. They are like Sonic Youth at times, but if ...Ghost Box Orchestra opens the party with a terrific set. They are like Sonic Youth at times, but if you listen hard, and I do, you hear lots of other stuff going on, from Leslie West type runs a la ‘Theme From An Imaginary Western’ to psyche, noise, surf, and fado. A really fantastic Boston band to watch for
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Instead of bashing through, chord to chord, Ghost Box Orchestra move through musical ideas together ...Instead of bashing through, chord to chord, Ghost Box Orchestra move through musical ideas together like a reptilian rock monster slithering around and rising and pouncing. I didn't really miss the vocals; whenever I started wondering when they were about to sing, the song changed.
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Spacemen 3 were a landmark band on the level of the MC5 or the Ramones, in that they created a form ...Spacemen 3 were a landmark band on the level of the MC5 or the Ramones, in that they created a form (shoegaze) that was aped and replicated for generations. Mr. Sonic Boom of that band became Spectrum, bending ears' lobes even further as Experimental Audio Research. Still doing his thing, we are not fucking kidding when we say you might want to bring earplugs. Opening acts Broken River Prophet and Ghost Box Orchestra are why we want you to go.
Word of Mouth
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(Ghost Box Orchestra) sound as if Ennio Morricone and Dick Dale went driving through the desert list...(Ghost Box Orchestra) sound as if Ennio Morricone and Dick Dale went driving through the desert listening to Zeppelin and Floyd.
Seance Rock For Your Headphones
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The songs are layered, noisy but quiet, undulating, ethereal. Most importantly, though, they rock! T...The songs are layered, noisy but quiet, undulating, ethereal. Most importantly, though, they rock! They really take you for a ride. Especially if you experience them through headphones.
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