The Ghost of Paul Revere Haunts Philly this Friday with New Music

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The Ghost of Paul Revere is ready to haunt Philadelphia with their latest album’s genre-defying hymns and harmonies when they come to the Boot & Saddle this Friday!

The Portland, Maine-based “holler folk” band builds on the success of their 2014 debut full-length, Believe, and their 2015 EP, Field Notes Vol. 1, by taking a different approach to their recording process for Monarch. They decided to record the music they wanted without considering how to present them in the live setting.

“It enabled us to get a lot more adventurous with our ideas,” says bassist/singer Sean McCarthy talking to Rock On Philly in a phone interview. “We wanted to explore where we could take the sound while still staying true to who we are.”

The band initially headed to the beautiful and isolated Great North Sound Society studio, which is a converted 18th century farmhouse in Maine. They later went back to The Halo Studio to finish the record. “There was definitely more strategy involved in the production. The point of this album was to try new things and have more collaboration in the actual arrangement of the songs. This time around, we could use our imaginations a little more,” explains McCarthy. For the first time, the band incorporated drums, cellos, and piano into their Americana sound.

The preliminary songwriter rotates between members McCarthy, singer/guitarist Griffin Sherry, and banjo player Max Davis. “The songwriter comes to the band with the foundation of the song, and from there we will add our own parts to it and just throw in the harmonies whenever it feels right,” says McCarthy. This communal experience results in a wide range of styles on Monarch, from the stomp-your-feet fun of opener “Little Bird,” the more traditionally bluegrass “Avalanche,” the personal and raw “Montreal,” and optimistic closer “Chrysalides.”

After creating the record, the challenge became how to take Monarch out on the road. “It was to a certain extent more unfamiliar than difficult because we never had to translate studio songs into a live version before. It was a bit of a transition,” McCarthy explains. Each show on their tour differs from the other because they occasionally add some additional players to fill out the sound. However, “the energy is still the same” no matter the lineup, McCathy maintains.

The group is very excited to return to Philly on Friday. “We always make a trip to Whiskeyhickon for Dalessandro’s for a good cheesesteak and Yuengling, and then Reading Terminal Market,” says McCarthy.

You can purchase tickets here for tomorrow evening’s show (21+ only). And listen to Monarch below! 

 

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