Alyssa Athanasopoulos | November 15, 2013
owpuncher have taken a more organic approach to their songwriting and sound on their latest album, Ghost Notes. Known as a party/country band, lead vocalist, Matt Olah, says they’ve “let go of trying to control what kind of band it is, we were all in a country phase, and we’ve just wandered away from that”. Teaming up with Pilot Audio’s Josh Rob Gwilliam (aka Robbie Josh), the band recorded out of his ’96 Volvo Truck Tractor at a bunch of different locations including: a warehouse in Inglewood, Village Brewery, and a Masonic temple in Nanton, AB. This raw approach has helped maintain elements of roots and twang, “though we’re a different Cowpuncher than the last 2 albums, we’re not going to dismiss where the band came from”, says Olah.
The term ‘ghost note’ essentially means to give musicians freedom to add their own twist to a piece of written music, in a way to make their own unique version. The album title offers significance to the band’s evolution, “thematically, we’re trying to re educate people on what we’re about”. Matt says we can expect Cowpuncher’s third album to have some “real rockers, weepy ballads, roots, foot stompers, and some weird ones…with layered guitar and feedback”. Along with the expansion of their sound, also comes the desire to extend past the familiar western tour circuit, and take Ghost Notes cross-Canada. He felt kind of cheesy saying it, but “metamorphosis” is a great descriptor when it comes to their latest.
You can get a feel for what Ghost Notes has to offer by checking out the video for their single “Bridesmaids” (below). And also, check out their CD Release Party happening at the Palomino on Friday, November 22nd. Calgary’s own Chron Goblin and Napalmpom will be opening up – get advance tickets here (it’s gonna be a full house, you’d be wise to get them now!)