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Ghostkeeper experiments with new show and CD

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Calgary based indie-rock band Ghostkeeper have been keeping a low profile as of late , what with creating children and a new CD “Horse Chief Way Thief!.”Shane  Ghostkeeper and Sarah Houle. Photo by Richard Amery
 But they will be back at the Slice with Church, April 20.

“We’ve got a new album we’re very excited about,” said guitarist/ lead singer  Shane Ghostkeeper.

 The new music is  more experimental and keyboard driven, rather than guitar based, but Ghostkeeper is especially excited about  the live show which includes a multi-media aspect  designed by Alberta College of Art and Design instructor Joe Kelley.
“He’s been a friend of ours for a lot of years,” Ghostkeeper said, adding his art work for the show was directly inspired by the new music.

“We definitely took more chances on this CD,” Ghostkeeper continued adding they will be doing a short Albertan tour including Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge.

“For the new record, we definitely experimented more,” he continued adding it is also a more of a band record instead of just songs written by Ghostkeeper and drummer Sarah Houle and submitted to band mates guitarist/ producer Jay Crocker and bassist Ian Jarvis.
“We‘re a tighter band now. We’re really a band now,” he said.

 He added their songwriting has changed a lot.
“The new songs are definitely a lot different,” he said.

 There are a lot less literal stories and a lot more esoteric impressions,” he continued adding there is less about relationships and more about issues like politics.

“There is a lot about Metis and aboriginal issues that we feel are part of being Canadian today,” he continued adding he hopes the new CD will make the final cut for a Polaris prize like their last CD did.
“We’re better songwriters now. We imagine it shows more growth and progress. We]re not just a guitar and drums based band. We’ve made more progress. We just wanted to challenge ourselves a little bit more,” he said.
 They always look forward to returning to Lethbridge.
“We’re at the Slice again and they always feed us well and I think we get good crowds,” he continued.

 Ghostkeeper will be playing with Church beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m., April 20.
 Admission is $10.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 April 2013 10:17 )  
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