Chicago trio Pamphleteers premiere the title track from their forthcoming full length debut The Ghost That Follows today via Music & Riots Magazine. Hear and share 'Ghost That Follows" HERE. (Direct Soundcloud.) The band plays an anticipated hometown album release party on September 26th at the Empty Bottle.
Pamphleteers have been unleashing their shimmering post-punk assault since 2012. After debuting with a split EP, the band is set to release its first album on September 23rd, 2016. The Ghost That Follows overflows with fantastic hooks and urgency reminiscent of X-Ray Spex, Bikini Kill, Young Marble Giants and The Gun Club.
As a group, Pamphleteers are steeped in history and friendship. Having played in such bands as The Dials (No Fun Records/Latest Flame), Telenovela, and The Returnables (Jettison Music/Dirtnap), bassist/vocalist Rebecca Crawford, drummer Geoff Atkinson, and guitarist Jonathan Ben-Isvy have played side by side, if not together, for more than a decade, and their friendship goes back years beyond. When event conspired to find Crawford and Ben-Isvy simultaneously bandless for the first time in their years of friendship, they naturally looked to each other to fulfill their musical compulsion.
In a very real sense, Pamphleteers are a direct outgrowth of the 2005 intentional car crash that took the lives of Chicago musicians John Glick, Doug Meis, and Michael Dahlquist (Silkworm). Glick was the husband of Pamphleteers bassist/singer Rebecca Crawford, and Meis was her bandmate in The Dials. Glick was the closest friend and bandmate in The Returnables to Pamphleteers guitarist Jonathan Ben-Isvy. Dahlquist and Meis were friends to all of the Pamphleteers.
Obviously, the aftermath led to tremendous pain and sadness, but also the immediate or eventual loss of their bands. Pamphleteers has been an opportunity for Becky and Jonathan to make music and find joy in playing again, and the album's songs are a reflection of the challenge to move forward after such tragic loss.
The Ghost That Follows will be available on LP and download on September 23rd, 2016.
09/26 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
10/29 Madison, WI @ Mickey's Tavern
Album: The Ghost That Follows
Label: Pamphleteers Music
Release date: September 23rd, 2016
02) L.A. L.A.
03) Hit It Clean
05) Ghost That Follows
06) My Lipstick Stain
07) Every Second
08) Just Your Style
10) It's So much More
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