If you are only familiar with Giuseppe Capolupo's other musical projects (namely metal bands Once Nothing and Haste The Day) , you might not be expecting Gypsy & His Band of Ghosts, a retro feeling folk rock act for fans of modern Americana in the style of groups like Old Crow Medicine Show and
The Felice Brothers.
But therein lies the beauty of Pittsburgh's next band to watch. The 6 song EP, released digitally this week (links to purchase below), is a refreshing and uplifting set of storytelling tunes that is sure to keep listeners entranced and head bobbing along.
If you were lucky enough to catch Bear Cub's album release show last weekend, then you probably know that Gypsy & His Band Of Ghosts is already a solid live act. On stage Gypsy (as I imagine he likes to be called these days) plays the part of front man like some kind of steampunk confidence man, showing you a card trick while a spider monkey steals shekels from the rubes in the crowd.
Hes such a natural lead man that its hard to decide if this incarnation is the Clark Kent to his metal drummer Superman or if its the other way around. His Band Of Ghosts behind and next to him, Diego Byrnes (guitar, vocals), Tony Tortella (bass, vocals) and Scott Maniglia (percussion, vocals), easily maintain Capolupo's energy and keep the train on rolling.
The band will be playing a CD release show on September 22nd at the Thunderbird. In the meantime, you can commit all the tunes to memory and order the album here