Almost by definition, musical side projects aren’t meant to last very long, but rather serve as brief, often one-time departures for musicians otherwise engaged with far more pressing or successful bands — and that’s why Greenleaf has proved itself to be anything but your typical “side project.”
After numerous line-up changes Greenleaf is on the move again, bidding Cedermalm “adieu” and saying a hearty “hola” to a tandem of new recruits in frontman Arvid Jonsson and drummer Sebastian Olsson, who joined Holappa and long-serving bassist Bengt Bäcke in time to record (incidentally, with no outside help, guest musicians, or other additives) what would become Greenleaf’s next and fifth long-player, Trails and Passes, which was released in May of 2014, via Small Stone Recordings.
And, as has always been the case with this ever-evolving sonic beast, the music magically draws out the best talents of whoever happens to be involved.
The Midnight Ghost Train is a heavy blues / stoner rock band hailing from Topeka, Kansas, originally formed by Steve Moss in Buffalo, NY. When deciding on a band name, a Hank William’s song lyric was partially used. Their first release was “Johnny Boy EP” in 2008. In 2010 they self-released their first full length album “The Midnight Ghost Train”. The album was self-recorded after the band relocated to Kansas.
For five solid years they have been touring relentlessly in both the U.S.A and Europe, spreading their own version of thick Mississippi Delta-rooted style of stoner rock.
With thousands of shows under their belt, The Midnight Ghost Train will be home to record their next album. “Cold Was The Ground” will be released in February 2015 via Napalm Records. Stay tuned!
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