New Haven, Conn.’s Ghost of Chance channels elements from the past in a way that keeps the music sounding fresh and relevant. The group’s distinctive style is characterized by subtle time signature changes and sonically-open experimentation set to surrealist lyrics.
Ghost of Chance’s sound takes its influence from ’60s psychedelia and ’90s indie and alternative. The band hints at math rock and post punk while maintaining the shimmer of classic pop sensibilities.
The band’s self-titled debut album is the brainchild of Jayson Munro and George Moore, who crafted and recorded the music in the sweltering confines of an attic apartment during the summer of 2009. The live set consists of Moore on guitar, Munro on vocals and guitar, David Corsak on bass and Mark Niciu on drums.
RIYL: Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, The Zombies, The Appleseed Cast, Guided By Voices, Explosions In The Sky, Electric Prunes
June 21, 2010: Track reviews on CT Indie blog:
… Jayson Munro does some solid early ’90s guitar work that could be bookended by anything from the Lilys to Teenage Fanclub. … ‘Sir’ is definitely my favorite of these two preview tracks. … The track closes by going outdoors with found sounds, including some summery chirping. Makes me think the song just floated off out of the careless hand of a little girl like a birthday balloon.
EDIT: Aug. 3, 2010: Review on Hartford Courant’s SoundCheck blog by rock critic Eric Danton:
The quartet says it draws from ” ’60s psychedelia and ’90s indie and alternative,” with “hints at math rock and post-punk while maintaining the shimmer of classic pop sensibilities.” Although all of that is certainly true, it’s really just a complicated way of saying the band plays catchy rock ‘n’ roll with some unexpected twists and turns. … the group delivers a bracing blend of well-constructed songs on what is certainly a welcome introduction.
EDIT: Aug. 16, 2010: “Strangled In The Meadow” included on Beat The Indie Drum Monday Morning Tape #63.
EDIT: Sept. 25, 2010: Review on One Base On An Overthrow blog:
February’s most recent CD is from New Haven’s Ghost of Chance, and even though the vocals at times veer a bit too close to Smashing Pumpkins to be considered safe, the CD on the whole is an impressive bit of work. I think CT Indie nailed it with their Lilys/Teenage Fanclub comparison, so I won’t bother going any further. The opening track I’ve posted below, “Sir” (not to be confused with another fine opening track, Lotion’s “Dear Sir”, I guess), starts out quietly and ends quietly, but there’s a fairly messy ride in between. Word is that Ghost of Chance are on one of the final bills next month at the soon-to-be-shuttered Popeye’s Garage, along with The Field Recordings, so you know I’m planning on checking that one out.
EDIT: November 22, 2010: Ghost of Chance named as one of CT Indie’s “12 Local Bands To Be Thankful For” on The New Haven Register.
EDIT: December 14, 2010: Review in New Haven Advocate:
Records RIYL list includes Modest Mouse and Built to Spill and, maybe, live with a bassist and drummer, those comparisons might ring true. But this record, with drum and bass low in the mix, quirky time changes, big, wide reverb-wash and Mellotron patches aplenty sounds more like late-era, John Lennon Beatles. “Dreams” and “The Breath” are sonic reminders of “Julia” and “Across the Universe.” There’s a quote of the crazy guitar line from “She’s So Heavy” on “Vaporized Philanthropic Autopilot,” and “Livin’ Life to the Fullest” delights in mixing three- and four-beat bars. Random sounds, handclaps, pre-recorded voices, odd percussion and backwards tape sounds pop in and out. In short, it sounds sort of like The White Album, and that’s not a bad thing.