Giving Up The Ghost
The past eleven years have seen Windsor For The Derby reach across the country and make the long distance relationship somehow work. With founding members Jason McNeely in Austin, TX and Dan Matz in various locales along the east coast, WFTD always seemed more a "project" than a band. Last summer both found themselves living in the same city as they both relocated to Philadelphia. In the past WFTD had to rely on their semi-annual meetings to conduct their business, but now they are regularly playing live shows and prolifically recording in their home studio.
The live shows have become something different for Windsor. The line-up additions of Anna Neighbor (keys/ bass) and Charlie Hall (drummer) created a much less clinical and prescribed live experience, morphing into a much more bombastic yet centered happening. A happening that is truly captured on "Giving up the Ghost."
The songs of "Giving Up The Ghost" find influence in sources as distinctly diverse as Italian horror films to Civil War death notices while maintaining a foothold in the most base elements of the modern human condition-- disappointment, breakup, heartache, and the trials and tribulations of creating art in an increasingly stringent cultural climate.
(SC128 released: 08/16/05)