GHOST ROBOT NINJA BEAR – Midwest Tour Starts Tomorrow
Beginning tomorrow, GHOST ROBOT NINJA BEAR will be hitting the road for a short Midwest tour in support of its Self-Titled debut full-length. The band is the newest vehicle for former Nakatomi Plaza front man Oscar Albis Rodriguez, who will be performing solo for each of the five upcoming shows.
The Self-Titled record was self-released by Ghost Robot Ninja Bear earlier this summer and is available on CD format from Rodriguez at shows, as well as digitally from iTunes and other online retailers. Additionally, the album is available via Bandcamp as a pay-what-you-like download. Grab this terrific album for free, or show some love by donating a little something that will help Rodriguez survive for the next week on the road.
Recorded by Dave Snyder ( Ruth Ruth, Rivington, Nakatomi Plaza ), produced by Rodriguez and mixed by J. Robbins (Jawbox, Burning Airlines) this eponymous album is the follow-up to last year’s two digital singles, Staring At The Clocks b/w Carousel and One Pedal To Another b/w Blood, The Tango. For these eight songs, GRNB enlisted the help of some very talented friends: Gunnar Olsen (The Exit, Asobi Seksu), Shawna Potter (Avec / War on Women), Brendan Coon (Ludlow Lions) and Al Fair (Nakatomi Plaza, Bridge and Tunnel) to name a few.
With Ghost Robot Ninja Bear, Oscar Albis Rodriguez once again takes center stage and appears poised to escape the shadow of former bands. Thankfully, this collection of tracks won’t allow us completely forget older endeavors; still, it’s apparent that the front man’s songwriting abilities continue to evolve in exciting ways and his musical chops are sharper than ever. Weaving adventurous, dynamic compositions around anthemic choruses, GRNB specializes blazing riffs and layered harmonies that toe the line between melodic and graveled, while the rhythm section deftly propels each song into the next. It’s clear that Rodriguez has created a vehicle in Ghost Robot Ninja Bear that can stand on its own and will continue to forge a unique identity well into the future while paying tribute to the past.
Listen to “The Curtain Call” (free mp3).
- While Nakatomi Plaza may be gone, Rodriguez is still cranking out quality tunes at a rapid pace. – Punknews.org
- Crank the stereo as loud as it can go and prepare to be knocked flat out on your ass … damned good stuff. – Jersey Beat
- A gritty and loud, yet fun album that mixes all the best aspects of Fugazi, At the Drive-In and, of course, Nakatomi Plaza. – Buzzlegoose
- Ghost Robot Ninja Bear is excellent – the kind of punk record with just enough pop sprinkled in that I’ve been craving. – My Car and My Guitar
- An ambitious and engaging album, flourishing with interesting textures and anthemic choruses that could very well be the definition of progressive punk. – The Byke Rack
In related news, Ghost Robot Ninja Bear will be recording a new digital single this fall. Rodriguez will also record a new solo album in the coming months. It will be the follow-up to the aptly titled Oscar Albis Rodriguez’s Big Day EP, which you can download here.
As always, if you’d like to attend a show or speak with Oscar, drop me a line here.
AUG 28 – Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
AUG 29 – Cincinnati, OH @ Daniel’s Pub w/ 1985
AUG 30 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Melthouse
AUG 31 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ Eric Ayotte
SEP 01 – Chicago, IL @ Pancho’s