Ghost Shirt

Ghost Shirt

 Columbus, Ohio, USA

Like the Pixies fronted by Roy Orbison


Ghost Shirt is a four-piece band from Columbus, Oh that plays crunchy, sing-along chamber/power pop. It is fronted by songwriter/guitarist Branden Barnett and violin player/vocalist Samantha Kim. David Murphy on drums and Ryan Haye on Bass round out the rhythm section. Lance Davis, chief editor of The Audios Lounge Blog (Austin, TX) said " I distinctly remember my first time hearing this band. It was late last year, the song was "History Of The Radio," and 30 seconds in I went Kool-Aid man onto the Ghost Shirt bandwagon. I immediately played "Radio" again, just to make sure I heard what I thought I heard. I've had this experience with 3 (now 4) songs:
Beatles, Happiness Is A Warm Gun
Flaming Lips, Five Stop Mother Superior Rain
Teenage Fanclub, The Concept
Who has the balls, let alone talent, to join that triumvirate of awesome??? Five songs into their career and they're already in the pantheon." Chris Deville of The Other Paper (Columbus, Ohio) describes the band as "the arcade fire come back down to earth."

To clarify, Ghost Shirt has been around for two years and in that short amount of time they have earned themselves a reputation for ferocious live performances (voted best live band in Columbus, Ohio 2009 Other Paper poll) along with a seemingly tireless schedule of writing and recording songs. Ghost Shirt recently finished a year-long project to write, record and release 52 Singles in 2010 that was featured on the music blog. The singles are currently being mastered with a planned release on bandcamp (name your price) in February. The band just finished their fourth extensive US tour with NPR World Cafe featured artist Two Cow Garage. Currently, Ghost Shirt is booking shows all over the USA in support of their upcoming second LP "Daniel" due out in March 2011 on This is American Music Records (vinyl and mp3).

After Domestique, the band's debut LP, made best of 2010 lists on willfully obscure blog, audios lounge blog, Columbus Alive and Art Voice Weekly(Buffalo, Ny) the band aims to send it's sophmore LP "Daniel" up there with it through a 150 to 200 date tour schedule in 2011.


2009: Ghost Shirt EP
2010: Domestique - Anyway Records
Spring 2011 - Daniel - This is American Music