Hospital Ships began as a bedroom-recording project for Lawrence, Kansas’s Jordan Geiger. Over the course of four years, two albums and stints with multiple respected bands, like Minus Story (singing, songwriting) and Shearwater (trumpet, keys) Geiger molded Hospital Ships into a densely packed sonic experience, bringing to life the cloistered sounds of a mind bursting with ideas at work alone in the bedroom.
With Destruction in Yr Soul, out June 18th via Graveface Records and Curiosities imprint, he’s thrown open that bedroom door, inviting in a full band. The result is a collection of songs that, while sonically more open, still wrestle with themes both private and universal. From a desire to see the world end to the contemplation of loss, Destruction in Yr Soul plays in tones ranging from garage rock aggression to light, almost whimsical folk.
Peppered with the dark visions of Townes Van Zandt, the biting lyricism of Damien Jurado, the apocalyptic dread of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and the guitar antics of Ty Segall, Destruction in Yr Soul‘s disparate influences manage to sound complementary. Freed by Hospital Ships’ newly appointed members to narrow his focus, Geiger has crafted his third album into something dark, yet soaring. If the apocalyptic wishes expressed in this album ever do come true, Hospital Ships will go out fighting. File under: Rural noise rock. Fuzzy gospel for Situationists.
DESTRUCTION IN YR SOUL TRACKLISTING
1. Come Back To Life
2. Joan Of Arc
3. If It Speaks
4. Desolation Waltz
5. Lost Folk Song
6. All Yr Gold
8. Remaining Light
HOSPITAL SHIPS ON TOUR
(all dates with The Appleseed Cast)
May 8th – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
May 9th – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
May 10th – Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 12th – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
May 15th – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom Of The Hill
May 18th – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
May 19th – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
May 20th – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
May 21st – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad