Holy Ghost Tent Revival has been heralded since 2007 for delivering a fast-paced, horn-driven rock and roll experience - crashing, oohing, wailing, and perhaps even shredding. Thanks to tastefully gritty guitars, bombastic drums and plunky bass -- not to mention the sweet vocal harmonies and fanfaric brass of trumpet and trombone -- HGTR delivers catchy, danceable numbers that will leave you humming and grinning time and time again. And it all comes straight from the heads and hearts of its talented young performers: six handsome gents from North Carolina who write dynamic, authentic songs and spend a whole lot of time traveling in a van together.
"You guys have really got something!" says Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. "A soul-rock horn band that recalls '60s and '70s classic-rock influences such as The Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers, contemporary indie-rock acts like Dr. Dog, and New Orleans brass-band jazz," declares NPR. Paste continues, "Soul-inspired rock, that maintains a rootsy sound, brightened by warm swells of horns and rich harmonies.”
Their third full-length studio album, Right State of Mind, was released on September 16, 2014. The record was conceived in Philadelphia under the creative wing of Bill Moriarity (Man Man, The Sheepdogs) and sees the band putting many of the conventions of their earlier work to bed to explore burgeoning soul-rock leanings. It nimbly dances between genres while touching on themes of alienation, moving on after death, the joy of staying up all night in the city, the interconnected nature and beauty of life, and longing for a home that is no more.
What many listeners will hail as a deeply personal and evocative group of recordings, the band has turned into a thrilling live incarnation that will continue to grow across the country from radio dial to lit stage. It’s this same powerful performance that has earned them the honor of sharing stages with Shovels and Rope, Dr. Dog, Lake Street Dive, Pokey LaFarge, and Langhorne Slim & The Law. And it is this same urgency that will keep Holy Ghost Tent Revival ever-thirsty, ever-ready to chase the music.