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THE GHOST IS DANCING, WAX MANNEQUINN, SLIDES: Thur.July 2nd: Rokbar:Hamilto


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Sonic Unyon recording artists'

THE GHOST IS DANCING

http://www.theghostisdancing.com/

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http://www.myspace.com/theghostisdancing

with

WAX MANNEQUINN BAND

http://www.myspace.com/waxmannequin

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and

SLIDES

http://www.myspace.com/slidesband

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@ Rokbar

15 Hess St. South, Hamilton

19+, Doors 9pm

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THURSDAY, JULY 2ND

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$8, 9pm doors, 19+

Leaving a path of joyous debris behind them from stage to stage, Toronto’s The Ghost is Dancing has gained the reputation as one of the most exciting live bands around. With performances on MTV, glowing reviews in SPIN, Chart, Exclaim etc., TGID have topped many college radio stations across Canada and don’t show any signs of slowing down. After releasing their first LP The Darkest Spark last June they are already heading back into the studio for their follow up, which they promise will be even more super-charged and hook heavy then their last effort. Check out our review in the NOW, NNNN!

http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2007-06-07/music_discs6.php

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 is a record built out of desperation and the exuberance of holding something special together. Laden with even bigger pop-hooks than before, but with a go-for-broke attitude and mindfulness towards the craft of songwriting, the record rarely lets up and delivers on the promise of a band which has come into its own.

"The Darkest Spark, finds the collective experimenting with a wide range of styles. The percussive quirkiness of Architecture in Helskinki, the emotional string arrangements of the Arcade Fire, and the instrumental splendor of Explosions in the Sky are all present on the album. But the grand orch-pop approaches never detract from the incredible vocal performances of Jim DeLuca and Jamie Matechuk. On "Shuttles and Planes," the two compete in the verse's back-and-forth vocal frenzy before arriving at a massive unison chorus." - NPR.ORG

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