Ghosts Of Jupiter Bring Back Classic Rock Sound
By: Jason Savio, January 9, 2013
Courtesy Ghosts of Jupiter - Ghosts of Jupiter is making sure the classic rock of the 60's and 70's is alive and well today. The band includes drummer Thomas Arey (from left), guitarist Johnny Trama, bassist Tommy Lada , lead singer Nate Wilson and guitarist Adam Terrell.
Who said rock is dead? While the genre has gone through some rough times and on the surface pop and hip-hop may still be the main one-two punch in the music biz, the past decade has seen a resurgence in what some may consider more authentically-rooted rock music.
Current bands like The Black Keys and Wolfmother are at the top of this growing list that represents a throwback to classic rock with a more groove- and blues-based foundation underlying inspired guitar work. And now Boston has its own band in that club: Ghosts of Jupiter, who played the Beach House last month and have upcoming shows in Gloucester and Boston over the next two months.
With all their parts geared toward psychedelic-laced hard rock rhythm, Ghosts of Jupiter are Camaro cruising music for the 21st century. Their classic rock influence is undeniable; on their 2011 self-titled debut, they have one foot in spacy arrangements with songs like “Paper Roses,” and the other in swinging guitar-mischief on “Trample on Daisies.”
“We’ve all played many different styles of music but one thing that we all have in common is that a lot of our heroes are from that era,” said keyboardist and lead vocalist Nate Wilson of his and his band mates’ affinity toward classic 1960s/70s rock. “But we’re also influenced by a lot of contemporary stuff too; I think anything that has authenticity, real musicianship, natural sounds, [and] creative songwriting. There’s a lot of stuff out there that has that vibe today.”
A large part of the movement’s spotlight toward that more organic sound can be, ironically, linked to technology, thanks to word-of-mouth through social media as well as the recent collapse of major record labels in the past decade, as Mr. Wilson pointed out.
“I don’t know if it’s always been there and now it’s just easier to find it, or if there really is a trend happening, [but] my personal take is that now that the power is mostly out of the hands of the major record labels, music fans have the power to get access to all the stuff that really resonates with them,” said Mr. Wilson. “That makes the whole thing very splintered. Instead of one gigantic mainstream that’s made up of a very few lucky acts, there are hundreds of little sub-genres everywhere. If you like fuzzy retro-rock, now you can find it whereas before if the major labels didn’t push it, it didn’t exist.”
Following the release of their self-titled debut album, Ghosts of Jupiter have been finding out that there is indeed a strong contingency for the classic rock-inspired music they perform. Along with having toured throughout the Northeast and the West Coast, the group has joined forces with the Museum of Science in Boston to have their album featured as the soundtrack for a fully-animated feature in the Planetarium every Friday and Saturday; a perfect backdrop for the atmospheric element in their music.
“It’s kind of like the old Pink Floyd laser light show you remember from back in the day, but it’s updated with Pixar-level computer graphics,” said Mr. Wilson. “It looks and sounds amazing.