The superb, now veteran local Indie Pop group The Minor Leagues are gearing up for the release of their new album, North College Hill. The album was recorded last summer with Sean Sullivan at The Butcher Shoppe, the Nashville studio owned by legendary singer/songwriter John Prine and Grammy-winning engineer Dave Ferguson (Johnny Cash, U2, Ryan Bingham), and was recently mastered by Michael Bond from the band's label, Datawaslost. The Minor Leagues recently made the album's first single — "Ghost Maps" b/w "Please Don't Throw My Love Away" — available as a free download from their new website (www.minorleaguesmusic.com).—-
The Minor Leagues have not only become known for their amazingly melodic Pop tunes, but also for their dedication to the "concept album" concept. The band's last two records are described by Datawaslost as being about "the end of a relationship and the end of the world." The new album (due in September) is named for frontman Ben Walpole’s neighborhood growing up and the two new songs are a hint at the theme behind the release.
"Both songs are on the album and both are about — you guessed it — that lovely nook of efficient urban planning that I called home during my formative years, North College Hill," Walpole recently wrote in an email blast to fans. "It's still my favorite two square miles on the planet."
Below you can check out the Leagues’ new music video, a hazy, lo-fi (artsy?) clip for “Ghost Maps” created by Chris Collins (check out more of the artist's work here). If you wanna dose of live Minor Leagues, this Saturday’s your shot, as the band plays a free show at Northside Tavern with Okay Lindon and Calm Palm Vapor.
Photo by Andrea Reeves