Monday, October 6, 2008

Minus Story offshoot Hospital Ships set to tour with Shearwater behind upcoming “Oh, Ramona.” Video debuts for latest single “Baby For J.”

Jordan Geiger comes packing a sturdy CV - singing and songwriting in Minus Story, playing trumpet and keyboard for Shearwater - and the Hospital Ships material shows it.” – Stereogum (LINK)

Set to perform with Shearwater and Black Moth Super Rainbow this fall is none other than Hospital Ships, the newly formed band by Jordan Geiger of Minus Story. His scattered east coast dates are to promote his debut Oh, Ramona, out October 21st on Graveface Records (home of Black Moth Super Rainbow). Be sure to check below for a show near you.

Also out this month, the video premiere for the latest track from Oh, Ramona, “Baby For J” (VIDEO). Geiger can also be seen singing the last track “Bruce Wayne Campbell Interviewed on the Roof of the Chelsea Hotel, 1979” from the new Okkervil River album The Stand Ins on the band’s YouTube channel HERE.

Influenced by the sounds of The Flaming Lips song title from which the name Hospital Ships is drawn, Geiger’s debut exudes a seasoning of classic influences including John Lennon, The Zombies, and ELO to produce a bedroom pop symphony. Exploring relationships both failed and ongoing with friends, lovers, and pets, Geiger delicately teases the listener with his boyish tenor of a voice. In the background, muted horns swell, pianos twinkle, and percussion marches in step.

Mixed mostly by John Congleton (Explosions In The Sky, Modest Mouse, The Mountain Goats, The Polyphonic Spree), Oh, Ramona is the culmination of over two and half years of writing and recording. Highlights include the upbeat opener “Bitter Radio Single,” (MP3) the symphonic majesty of “I Want It To Get Out,” the tender “Girls,” and the truly pet sounds-influenced title track. The record comes packaged in an 18-point chipboard gatefold sleeve and is lovingly hand assembled by Graveface Records.

Hospital Ships Live *w/ Shearwater:
10/13 Chicago, IL @ Lakeshore Theater*
10/14 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom*
10/20 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge*
10/24 Lawrence, KS @ Love Garden Sounds
11/1 Chicago, IL @ The Abbey Pub (w/ Black Moth Super Rainbow, Dreamend, Kid Dakota)

Oh, Ramona Tracklisting:
Release Date: October 21st, 2008

01. Bitter Radio Single (MP3)
02. Baby For J. (MP3) (VIDEO)
03. I Do Not Understand
04. The Shots I Drank (MP3)
05. Sink Your Teeth Into Me
06. I Want It To Get Out
07. Girls
08. Mockingbird
09. Oh, No
10. Oh, Ramona
11. Tired of Growing Old
12. More Than You Know
13. Your Heart
14. Yellow Rubber Nails

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