Release Date: Aug 16, 2005
Record label: Secretly Canadian
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
After 2004's We Fight Til Death Windsor for the Derby principals Dan Matz and Jason McNeeley relocated to Philadelphia separately. The close proximity removed the "project" tag from Derby's name, since Matz and McNeeley could now spend indefinite amounts of time recording and playing shows with WFTD. They also added full-time personnel on drums and bass guitar, and nothing says "band" -- not "project" -- like a rhythm section.
With a name like Giving Up The Ghost, you might expect this album to be an exercise in fatalism. After all, Windsor For The Derby has been around for over a decade; for most of that time principal members Jason McNeely and Dan Matz have been based in different corners of the country (the former in Austin TX, the latter in different parts of New York state), and they’ve filled out the band with a long line of part-timers. But they’re far from shuffling off this mortal coil.