Inside every man dwells the ghost of a boy. Writing the songs for their debut full-length, Bridges and Powerlines began to notice a recurring motif: the male struggle for maturity despite the persistence of boyhood impulses. The stories that populate "Ghost Types" include a diverse collection of such conflicted protagonists: a depression-era film director, a Bangladeshi cab driver, the captain of a doomed steam ship, and a host of others.
The words came easily; shaping this lyrical bent around their own brand of slightly quirky indie rock was more difficult. The resulting record is a collection of upbeat, literate, often dramatic, sometimes complex songs. The members of Bridges and Powerlines met in New York City in late 2005. Geographically diverse in their upbringing, they had spent their formative years glued to nineties college radio. Drawing heavily from a set of musical heroes that included Guided by Voices and the wistful Elephant Six Collective, they worked to set themselves apart in the crowded NYC music scene. A debut EP followed shortly, bearing many stylistic references to the post-punk resurgence that gripped New York. Meeting with critical acclaim, the energetic record was described as "an exhilarating racket," (sixeyes) and "a taught example of why [bridges and powerlines] should be added to your list of bands to watch." (IGN. com) The success of their EP attracted producer Chris Zane, who had helmed recent breakout records by Les Savy Fav, White Rabbits and Asobi Seksu. The band spent much of 2007 writing and recording and further developing their sound.