Bio: Galapaghost is the conception of singer/songwriter Casey Chandler. He is a recent graduate of SUNY Purchase, which he attended from 2005-2009 and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Music production. He hails from the small hippie town of Woodstock, NY where he took his first baby steps towards becoming the musician he has blossomed into today. With no training on any instruments other than saxophone, he quickly picked up the bass when he was 14. Then moved onto guitar a year later and began singing and writing songs. Soon after, he developed a passion for the recording and production aspect of things, thus taking an internship in high school at a recording studio. After the internship, he had discovered his passion and was accepted into the Music Production program at SUNY Purchase. Now, out on his own in the big apple, Casey is currently putting his own band together for Galapaghost, which include friends from the same major from SUNY Purchase. He has recently recorded his first EP, entitled Our Lost Generation, which is comprised of 6 tracks he wrote, produced, and recorded by himself. He has been playing many shows out in nyc clubs and bars. His songwriting pulls from many different influences from Midlake to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to Beck. He has recently added ukelele to his repertoire, generating a very unique sound
It's a constantly changing lineup, but for the most part the members are:
Casey Chandler - Acoustic guitar, ukelele, bass, lead vocals
Rob Giraldi - Electric guitar, backup vocals
James Ryan - bass, ukelele, back up vocals
Will Whatley - drums
I have recorded an EP recently entitled "Our Lost Generation" that are featured on my myspace page at www.myspace.com/galapaghostcasey and here on my EPK as well
Foxtrott Features Galapaghost
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The millions of worthless demos circulating the interweb are deafening. It is not often I come acros...The millions of worthless demos circulating the interweb are deafening. It is not often I come across a singer songwriter whose demos make it to the 3 1/2 minute marker on my mp3 player. This morning I found Galapaghost, aka Casey Chandler, in my inbox and completely agree that he is worth a listen. So here he is….with music ranging from a rural Americana milkshake to the diffuse and excruciatingly tender tunes that are played in the minds of New York’s daydreaming romantics. Chandler is is unpolished, but he has a natural talent that will get him as far as he lets himself to go. He seems to have began his work on somewhat of a mainstream trajectory, but much of his work is pushing the melodies and song structures outside of the expected and outside of the mundane.
Newdust Features Galapaghost
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Casey Chandler’s Galapaghost have recently released their first full length album Our Lost Generatio...Casey Chandler’s Galapaghost have recently released their first full length album Our Lost Generation. Armed with his ukulele, Chandler and co. have created a wonderfully unique little album with simple, yet greatly executed pop tunes. I’ve really enjoyed Our Last Generation these past couple days….Hope you like it too!
My crazy music blog features Galapaghost
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Ukulele has long been an underappreciated instrument in contemporary music. Sprouting from the Hawai...Ukulele has long been an underappreciated instrument in contemporary music. Sprouting from the Hawaiian Islands, ukulele is finding it’s way into modern music, and is making a great contribution. New York City based mutli-instrumentalist Casey Chandler known as "Galapaghost" plays an amazing new blend of ukel-indie rock, with ukulele talent that could impress Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Using such a harmonic rhythm, Casey Chandler sings about the honest, childhood love that lives inside all of us.
Galapaghost uses it’s mutli-instrumental talent to create a unique feeling for the listener. Ukulele and xylophone ring together in a child like melody that instills young nostalgia and warms the listener for some grade school memories of rainy days and trampolines. Country bass and bluegrass style guitar in “You’re All I Need” create a sunny, rejoicing feeling for the listener. Galapaghost takes influence from Motorhead, The Beatles, and The Fleet Foxes, and sounds like Eef Barzelay, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Violent Femmes.
includes an interview as well which i didn't paste
Music Inside Of Us features Galapaghost
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Este grupo contactó al blog, para ayudarlo a promocionarlo. El proyecto es Galapaghost y está compue...Este grupo contactó al blog, para ayudarlo a promocionarlo. El proyecto es Galapaghost y está compuesto por Casey Chandler. Originario de Woodstock, NY. Este es un talentoso multinstrumentalista. Música tranquila pero bastante recomendable
only in spanish, sorry
Escape from myspace #23: Galapaghost
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One man band Galapaghost is the project of Casey Chandler, ukulele wielding singer-songwriter from A...One man band Galapaghost is the project of Casey Chandler, ukulele wielding singer-songwriter from Astoria, Queens, NY. He writes gentle songs that can be filed as folk-pop musings.
His vocal range is quite large, but it wouldn't hurt if he signed up for a class teaching him breathing techniques.
He is currently putting together a full band that will help him to expand his sound.
Galapaghost: Monday Exposure
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Interview: I’ve featured a couple of videos from Galapaghost. He has a great way with a tune. So ...Interview:
I’ve featured a couple of videos from Galapaghost. He has a great way with a tune. So I threw a few questions at, Mr Galapaghost, Casey Chandler and he was kind enough to bat them back to me.
How would you describe the music you make?
I guess I would describe the music I make as ukel-indie rock. It’s hard for me to put a label on it because I take from a vast number of very different influences. making my writing kind of ambiguous at times. I basically try to take serious and sometimes dark themes and put a more fun spin on them, making the songs lighter and more approachable. After discovering the ukuelele, I realized it was the perfect instrument for me to maintain this innocence I want in my songwriting because a song can only be so dark with a ukulele.
How did you come to play the ukulele?
For my 22nd birthday last June, my parents bought me a ukulele. Before this I had always thought the ukulele was kind of a joke instrument, like the lost lonely runt of the guitar family. But then once I started playing it, I realized that it was just the forgotten child of the family that needed to be cast into the spotlight. Once I began playing it, it opened up an entire new style of writing for me and quickly became my main songwriting instrument.
How is writing songs on the ukulele different from writing on guitar?
Writing on ukulele is much different from writing on guitar because your options are much more limited on a ukulele. It’s just a much simpler instrument, which I really like. I’m used to writing songs with hooks, but on ukulele you pretty much have to just play chords. It was really good for me though because it opened up my vocal range more, since I couldn’t rely on riffs. I mean I guess I could’ve gotten a flying V electralele (which actually do exist) and written some badass stuff on that. Maybe that’ll be my next genre: Metalele.
Which three records should everyone listen to?
Wow. For a music nerd as myself, that is an EXTREMELY hard question to answer. I’ll do my best, though. Normally, I’d probly just list every single Beatles and Radiohead album, but I’ll just go with the 3 albums that influenced me the most: 1. Radiohead – The Bends. 2. The Beatles – Rubber Soul 3. Midlake – Trials of Van Occupanther. All these albums changed me musically forever.
You’ve got a degree in music production. What would be your top tip to people recording their own music?
Haha, well when I imagined recording my own first EP, I never thought that i’d be recording with just an Mbox and a 57, but that’s all it took and I’m surprisingly satisfied with how it all came out. So i guess my advice would be DON’T WAIT AROUND! Just make it happen. Make it happen NOW.
I had always been in these bands that were so fixated on making the “perfect album” or trying to create the “perfect show”. It’s a load of crap to me. I mean yeah you have to have a good recording (whatever that means, look at Iron & Wine, his first 2 albums were recorded in his bedroom with a tape recorder! and they’re great!) and a good live show, but the truth is people like to watch bands develop and progress. As long as the songs and the vision are there you’ve got a decent shot. I would say to people out there in my position, just go for it.
Don’t worry about making a “perfect recording”. That’ll come later if the the songs are there. I don’t think I’ll look back and wish I had done anything recording wise differently because my lack of recording equipment, which I can’t afford I guess kind of fits the whole theme of my EP Our Lost Generation.
The songs on Our Lost Generation are very sparse and delicate. Is that out of necessity or is that you ultimate vision for Galapaghost?
Yeah the songs are very sparse and delicate on my EP. That’s mainly my vision for the recordings, but also partially due to serious lack of recording equipment. I want my songs to come off as simple and too complex where the listener gets overwhelmed. I actually think that some of my recordings can be quite dense, like in the song Lost Generation, i have drums, bass, 3 guitars, ukulele, 3 part harmonies and hand claps, but it doesn’t feel too overwhelming to me.
What are your plans for 2010?
My plans for 2010 as of now are to move back to my hometown of Woodstock, NY in February because I can’t really handle the stress of the city anymore. I’m planning on moving back there til around June and then I’m moving to Austin, TX in the summer. I’m very excited, I have a big year coming up.
Introducing Galapaghost - Our Lost Generation EP
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Ever heard of ukel-indie rock? Me neither. But Casey Chandler from New York, recording under the mon...Ever heard of ukel-indie rock? Me neither. But Casey Chandler from New York, recording under the moniker Galapaghost, just describes his own music as being ukel-indie rock. You guess it, the main reason for this is the inclusion of the ukulele. But I don’t want to discuss if the term is very usefull, because I will still refer to the music as indie folk with indie pop/rock influences.
Casey just finished recording his first EP, Our Lost Generation, and the result is nothing to sneeze at. The title track is a blend of typically folk characteristics, indie folk like vocals and indie rock like electric guitar play. The whole song is straight forward even though the vocals are more reserved and calm. You can call this specific sound one half of the EP including the mentioned title track and Smile. On the other hand you got tunes like Goodnight Moon and Virginia that are more contemporary folk/indie folk tracks with spare instrumentation and less indie flavor. The remaining two songs You’re All I Need and Summer Daze are somewhere in the middle of this but maybe a bit more attracted to the calm side of the release.What I really like about Casey’s music is his voice that really sounds unique and has a great range of expressing different feelings and timbres. In combination with the ukulele, the sound of Galapaghost is indeed special and not the same as everything else. And even I, who don’t like changes or experiments, think the addition of the ukulele to indie folk/indie pop/rock is something profitable that adds a nice new quality to this kind of music. But what I think is not the best addition to music, are the noise parts as well as the drum rhythms in Smile, because the strength of Galapaghost clearly lies in the calm ukulele driven indie folk genre and not so much in the Smile like indie rock/pop tracks.
For the first time in this blog's history....
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The gentleman you see in the photo above is Casey Chandler of Woodstock, New York. He recently gradu...The gentleman you see in the photo above is Casey Chandler of Woodstock, New York. He recently graduated from the Purchase College in New York and has recently taken time in between performing throughout NYC to record a six-song EP under the name of Galapaghost. After a few listens, I have to say that I was pretty impressed. Chandler is a pretty great songwriter and the recordings don’t sound too shabby either. I don’t know if the EP is on sale anywhere but I’m assuming if you catch one of his shows, you will be able to pick up a copy then. Underneath it’s strong message, this song is incredibly catchy. Just as soon as you’re drawn into the song’s testimony, the chorus kicks in and you realize that you have been ooh-ing and aah-ing along the entire time. This is definitely a tune you’ll be singing along to long after it’s stopped playing. Shit, I’m still singing it right now. This next song, a slower ditty, features some very Brian Wilson-esque background vocal pieces along with some hard-driving guitar chords paired with swingin’ tambourines. It kind of has a sort of anthemic feel to it. An inspiring statement on keeping your chin up on behalf of the listener.
All in all, I like what I’ve heard and look forward to hearing more in the future.
Galapaghost: Our Lost Generation EP Review
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As it often happens when it comes to discovering new ukulele music, I heard Galapaghost on one of Uk...As it often happens when it comes to discovering new ukulele music, I heard Galapaghost on one of Ukulele Hunt’s Saturday Uke Tube and really enjoyed his songs. I was therefore very glad when Al did an interview of Casey Chandler, the young and talented one-man-band behind Galapaghost.
Following a comment I left on Al’s post, Galapaghost-Casey contacted me and very kindly sent me his EP. As I am really enjoying Our Lost Generation, I’ve decided to review it in the hope that more people will be smitten.
But first, by means of an introduction, I asked Casey for more information on how Our Lost Generation came about and this is his story
much more on the actual post, including an interview and a review of each song on the EP
5 minutes with Casey Chandler of Galapaghost
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A couple of weeks ago, I didn't know of NYCer-soon-to-be-Austinite Casey, but an intriguing email me...A couple of weeks ago, I didn't know of NYCer-soon-to-be-Austinite Casey, but an intriguing email mentioning his ukulele tendencies fixed that. And there was also a weird stage name to ask about ...
an entire interview included on the post
My typical set list is around 30 minutes, which consists of about 7 original songs and one cover. This is what my typical setlist looks like:
Lost Generation - 4 mins
Virginia - 4 mins
Summer Daze - 2 mins
You're All I Need - 2 mins
I'm An Alcoholic - 3 mins
Human Kind - 4 mins
Stuck - 3 mins
Goodnight Moon - 4 mins