Lawrence multi-instrumentalist Jordan Geiger’s Hospital Ships project has been steadily growing in popularity over the last few months, thanks in part to their May 5th coverage as NPR’s Song of the Day, complete with a back-handed compliment to the Lawrence music scene in the lede. It was not the first time Geiger’s work had been heard by NPR listeners, however, as they featured the title track from 2008’s Oh, Ramona more than two years prior, and yet another song in its week of release. Geiger’s popularity in local music stems back to the Jagjaguwar-signed Minus Story and his turn in Larry natives (and label mates) The Appleseed Cast as well as Cast frontman Chris Crisci’s side project Old Canes. He also served as one-time trumpet player in the Austin-based Shearwater, who recruited Hospital Ships as an opener on their cross-country tour in spring 2010.
All of the hype not undue, Hospital Ships plan to release their new record, Lonely Twin, on June 7th, serving as the band’s sophomore effort for Graveface Records. Already getting comparisons to Jason Lytle, Ben Gibbard and Conor Oberst (the last two of which are often tossed around carelessly and attached to most any solo musician these days), Lonely Twin will serve as a jumping off point for Geiger and company to tour the country yet again. Geiger posted on the band’s Twitter account that they are booking the entire tour themselves, and are asking for any help possible (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), and in another update said if anyone wished to PayPal him $10 (same e-mail address), he would supply the sender with a download of the new album and donate the money to the ongoing Joplin relief effort.
The 12-track release is currently up for pre-order at Graveface and is available on vinyl, CD, and as a digital download. The vinyl features a bonus track, was pressed on two different color combinations (one only available to label club members), comes with an 11×17 poster and is limited to a first run of only 250 copies. Ordering a physical copy of the release on either format will get you an instant download, plus a bonus download of Lonely Twin Lo-Fi. Check out the pre-order and details here.