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"The Holy Ghost "Well...Get Your Funeral Shoes" EP"

"New York City's the Holy Ghost is off to a quick start, with its fourth release since forming in 2001. Bassist Kent Heine and drummer Eric Willhelm's loping rhythms leave ample room for Alec Ferrell's jagged, angular guitar riffs; their interplay is immediate and physical. Frontman Christopher Heine spins literate, stylish, almost surreal tales --"Ghettobird" evokes a Tarantino-esque landscape populated by Yakuza and CIA, while southern gothic undertones lace "Clarice and the Schoolboy." If the Holy Ghost keeps this pace up, they just might become New York City's next great band. Maybe they already are."

- RollingStone.com


"The Holy Ghost "Well...Get Your Funeral Shoes" EP"

"Oozing with coolness, The Holy Ghost's six-song EP brings to mind sold out shows at small clubs, wall-to-wall hipsters hoping to discover the next Strokes, White Stripes, Walkmen. Too clean to be garage rock, too rocking to be bastardized blues, the music on this EP is the equivalent of a $3 martini - crisp, refreshing, and righteously hip."
- 75orless.com


"The Holy Ghost "Well...Get Your Funeral Shoes" EP"

"OK, that's it. It's official. I may as well state the obvious now. I am officially, completely, totally, and thoroughly a fan of The Holy Ghost. This EP makes the third release by this band I've reviewed in the past 18 months, and all three of them have been solid as hell. It's become obvious that The Holy Ghost has entered the realm of stalworth indie-pop bands . . . disgustingly catchy." - Delusions of Adequacy


"The Holy Ghost "Well...Get Your Funeral Shoes" EP"

"Studies have conclusively proven that The Holy Ghost's 'Or Dead' is the only new song that can forcibly rip the chorus of The Darkness's 'I Believe In A Thing Called Love' out of your brain. Which is nice. Funeral Shoes is six songs, less than twenty minutes, but it's almost certainly the best thing you will have heard so far this year." - Splendid Ezine


"The Holy Ghost "Color Sympathy""

"Most exciting act here...is Brooklyn's unassuming but hard-boiled The Holy Ghost, who over two mini-albums in the past year have slowly managed to stake their claim as our town's most underrated guitar band. And if their actual CD collections veer more toward Girls Against Boys, At The Drive In, or U2, their influences should just step aside." — Chuck Eddy - Village Voice


"The Holy Ghost "Color Sympathy""

"The Holy Ghost is appealing, challenging and altogether diverse; a battered poster child of modern rock that borrows heavily from snippets of the past to create an altogether new sound." - Skyscraper Magazine


"The Holy Ghost "Color Sympathy""

"Color Sympathy is The Holy Ghost's coming out party. Akin to Cursive's Tim Kasher fronting Teardrop Explodes, which is pretty awesome in our book." - CMJ New Music Monthly


"The Holy Ghost "Color Sympathy""

"The Holy Ghost demonstrates rock is back in a more obscure and progressive way than the magazines could ever dream." - Rockpile Magazine


"The Holy Ghost "Broken Record""

"While creating a record with hurricane-like appeal to their music, one listener can only wish and think that The Holy Ghost is a band thriving on their gifts. Perhaps a group with such potential has already been selected to receive a predetermined ticket for greater heights." - All Music Guide


"The Holy Ghost "Broken Record""

"The title of most underrated band of 2002 goes, hands down, to The Holy Ghost." - Colorado Daily


Discography

"I Can't Relax" single -- 2001
"Broken Record" LP -- 2002
"Color Sympathy" LP -- 2002
"Well...Get Your Funeral Shoes" EP -- 2003

Radio play on all releases (AAM)

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Bio

The Holy Ghost's innovative songwriting became immediately evident to critics and fans everywhere with its May 2002 debut, Broken Record. The LP's combination of firecracker pop, salient guitar hits, and top-shelf storytelling has intoxicated the minds of listeners since its arrival. In November 2002 - a mere five months later - the band released the romantic-psychological thriller, Color Sympathy, stunning critics with its epic rock 'n' roll beauty while making rounds on Year's Best lists in print and online publications. That year, the Brooklyn, NY-based band supported the albums with six dizzying months on the road, in every city from Boston to Seattle, from San Diego to Atlanta, and from Minneapolis to New Orleans, while appearing with The Walkmen, The French Kicks, The Black Keys, John Vanderslice, The Dismemberment Plan, The Decemberists, Mike Watt and Oneida, among others. Broken Record and Color Sympathy appeared on college radio charts everywhere, bearing down on CMJ's national charts for weeks. All in all, The Holy Ghost joined the American music scene as a brand-new force during 2002.

The band added a Spring 2003 tour in continued support of Color Sympathy, while at the same time trying out fresh material in front of audiences around the country. The new songs were continuously requested at the merch table after the shows. During the summer, six of those tunes were recorded in a dark, muggy cellar on Brooklyn's historic waterfront. A razor-sharp EP entitled Well...Get Your Funeral Shoes was released during the fall of 2003, and the subsequent critical praise was equally cutting. Rolling Stone wrote: "If The Holy Ghost keeps this pace up, they just might become New York City's next great band. Maybe they already are." Meanwhile, songs like "Or Dead," "Seeing Is Believin' (it's alright)," and "Ghettobird" popped up on campus DJ charts even more than the band's previous albums. The Holy Ghost also toured the fall months in support of the EP, making new fans from coast to coast while sharing the stage with notables like Pedro the Lion, I Am The World Trade Center, Enon, and Firewater.

The Holy Ghost has spent the better portion of early 2004 recording an LP to be released this fall. The yet-to-be named album promises to have nearly a dozen potential hit songs. Does "a dozen hits" sound like a tall order? Just have a listen to the catchy mindblower "Commercial," instantly mocking hipsters and scowling in a cool, post-punk sheen. And then peak into the sexy and adventurous worlds of "Genghis Khan" and "Shut Up & Play." Or take note of two pop gems oozing with desolate and sad Americana-"Forty Winks" and "Pyramid." Slowly but surely, you'll see an original musical force rising like debauchery's moon at all of tomorrow's parties. Christopher Dean Heine's chameleon vocal style and blue-ribbon lyrics will be there. Alec Ferrell's guitar virtuosity with all its melody and heartstrung skydiving will be there. Bassist Kent Heine's muse, quivering from the estates of serpentine gangs, will be there. The élan cracklings and locomotion kisses of drummer Angela Webster will be there. With three critically acclaimed releases in two years, The Holy Ghost-like a rock 'n' roll savior-has been there.

Will you BE HERE NOW?