The story of the Ghost Rockets begins, strangely enough, on a street corner in frank Siantraâs hometown during the spring of 1992.
The name of the Ghost Rockets is in honor of those strange flying objects Allied fighter pilots had first spotted above Europe during World Warr II (Wonderfull drummer Dave Grohl named his band Foo Fighters after this same aerial phenomenon). Besides UFOâs, The Monkees, Buck Owens, Brian wilson and Patrick Sky have exerted important, indelible influences upon the Ghost Rockets music.
They have made several appearances on compilation albums the world over, had a European turnable hit with their landlocked version of the Beach Boysâ âIn My Roomâ, wrote and recorded one of Fendert Radioâs most listner-requested tunes of 1996, and have been hailed high and wide as everything from âOdd-ball geniusesâ to âa country version of the Partridge Familyâ by not only the international press but some extremely well-known fellow music-makers as well. This 6-track CD album on the Pop The Balloon label marks the bandâs first-ever full-length release, and will undoubtedly be looked back on by future generations as no less than the Ghost Rocketsâ very own âExile On Beale Streetâ.
The Spatula Ranch Sessions offers country-rock from the point of view of a pop band. Still, there are plenty of genre-typical pedal steel guitars but behind them there is no Garth Brooks country pap. The opening track lies somewhere between The Flying Burrito Bros. and The Jayhawks. In âWoman In Paradiseâ Elvis meets Chris Isaak. âRosesâ and âTry To Believeâ are beautiful pop-country songs. And with âMy Guilty Pleasureâ The Ghost Rockets admit that sometimes they like things that are actually ashamed of.
Six new trax from the band that embodies the soul of The Burrito Brothers / Guy Clark / Gene Clark than anyone out there. Full of the bluegrass passion and firebrand rocnânâroll spirit that mage Gram parsons click with so many people. These trax feature a unique reverant interpretation of the soul of thatâs moving the alt. Country into the mainstream. Why they are not part of that mainstream with labels is beyond me, so God Speed to Pop The Balloon in france for taking the next step!
The Ghost Rockets merge folk and country rock, with a healthy injection of melody on this mini album which could have quite easily been recorded in the late 60âs / early 70âs. Imagine a cross between Johnny Cash and The Byrds, with traces of Mike Nesmith and you should get some idea of the Ghost rockets sound. Importantly, their songs are quite catchy and well written so they should still appeal to pop fans. Judging by the albumâs title there is more material to come from the Ghost Rocketâs Spatula Ranch sessions, which hopefully one day will see a release.