R.I.P. This Old Ghost


It’s always heartbreaking when you find out that such a talented band with a lot of promise and potential choose to call it quits. Today, that band is New York’s self-proclaimed “folk & roll” act, This Old Ghost.

We interviewed them back in May and featured them on our list of albums you may have missed from the first half of 2013 and that album in question, Family Room, has had a spot secured on my top 10 for this year since its release in January. It was an album I was lucky enough to come across by chance on Bandcamp and haven’t stopped listening to it since. I’d suggest that anyone check it out, but especially those that love anything spanning Good Old War’s discography and even Based On A True Story-era TSL.

One better bit of news is that the talented frontman, Ian McGuinness, will continue making music through his other project, Side Saddle. It takes a bit off the sting but This Old Ghost will be sorely missed and as time goes on, their moniker will only accrue relevance. You can check out a statement from the band after the jump where you can also stream Family Room and download it for free (or whatever price you’d like to pay).

So, the bad news. These are most likely going to be our final shows. Our drummer Rob is leaving New York to travel, and will most likely not return to New York for a while. We don’t think there is a chance in hell we could possibly find a drummer to replace him, so we’ve decided to just put an end to it all… Okay there are a few other reasons, but you have to come to the shows and talk to us to find out all the juicy details. However, if the only reason you were into This Old Ghost was because of Ian McHitnness, well then have no fear, he is very much continuing to make music under the name Side Saddle.

Unfortunately, there’s more bad news. There’ a good possibility that this will be your last chance to see Moving Mountains as well, and we know you don’t want to miss that. But let’s not focus on the negative, let’s focus on the positive.

1. This Old Ghost are playing some shows.

2. This Old Ghost are playing with some awesome bands.

3. Our drummer is playing two songs with Caravela.

4. Nick (the drummer of Mov Mou and Rob’s brother) is also playing two songs with Caravela.

5. It’s autumn.

6. We live in America.

Brian Leak

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