LONESOME GHOST INTERVIEW
Who are Lonesome Ghost & how did this charming quartet come about?
We all grew up together in Dallas and went to the same rigid, stuffy, proper private school for all 12 years so we’ve been good friends for a long time. Myself and Tanner started fronting bands of various styles and line-ups together at the end of our freshmen years in order to try and retain some of our sanity in such an environment.
We turned a new page with Lonesome Ghost though, recording the first EP literally during our last week of high school and releasing it in February 2011. We finally landed on the right line-up (I’ve always wanted to have a band where all the members can sing) of Me (Matt Callison), Tanner Robertson, Trevor Scott, and Byron Mitchell.
The name “Lonesome Ghost” might fool a few people into thinking your music is quite dark,which is not necessarily the case. How would you guys describe your sound in an adjective filled sentence?
Something that I really try do in our songs is to mix the melancholy of the message & lyrics with music that you can bob your head to. Bobbin your head to sadness,haha,it’s such a more realistic experience when you think about it because we don’t just openly behave how we’re feeling. I’ve never written a happy song in my life, although “Golden Cage” from the EP is pretty neutral – but Tanner wrote the lyrics for that song.
To put that in a sentence,a nostalgia Crayon and a melancholy Crayon melted together in the cupholder of an old Suburban on a hot summer day.
“Sex,drugs,and Rock n Roll” has long been a cliche within music,what three words would you guys use to describe your music careers so far?
Mellow, Friendly, Hopeful.
We heard you just did a show with Real Estate too!? How was that?
It was unreal!! We’ve looked up to those guys for like 3 years now, so we had such high expectations, which made things a little awkward at first. After we played our set though they said some nice things to us, everything really opened up and we basically got to spend an entire night hanging out, talking, and hotboxing the green room with some of our heroes…it was great! From what I can tell and was told, our set went over really well, and it was reported to be a sell-out so of course that was nice to see.
Are there any new bands that are inspiring you at the moment,or any that have been the soundtrack to your days as growing musicians?
It’s an even mix of the old with the new. Our biggest influence/favourite band is the Beach Boys, so Brian Wilson obviously. Older stuff like The Zombies, Everly Bros., Del Shannon Felt and newer bands Beach Fossils, Real Estate, Shimmering Stars, & Family Trees.
We first discovered your music with the excellent ”None of These Songs are About You or Anyone You Know” EP. What inspired the title,or is it a case of it does what it says on the tin?
I actually titled it that because I was having a big problem at high school with people coming to me and asking if a certain song was about a certain girl (since I went to a rather small school, everyone knew the girls who’d broken my heart and the stories of my embarassing rejections, etc.), and it really pissed me off because I could see these girls who’d screwed me over getting a rise out of the thought that they were important enough to have songs written about them.
So this was my way of throwing some cold water on their heads. In hindsight I sort of regret it though because it’s such a long name, and I’ve had to type it so much by now…i really created extra work for myself, haha.
Following the EP you’ve just recently released a new single “Seashell”,have you got anything else up your sleeves music wise? Are there any places people will be able to catch you gigging in the coming months?
Yes, we’re finishing the last overdubs for two more singles that will be released quite soon. They’re a step up from Seashell, we think. We don’t have anything scheduled gig wise right now. We’re waiting for some bands that we like to roll through Dallas. We’re also looking to play SXSW! So hopefully that works out!
Finally, if you could create anything, for personal or worldwide benefit,what would it be and why?
A machine that plays the Pet Sounds vinyl on repeat, Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64), and makes Grilled cheese simultaneously, because that’s all any healthy human needs (optional Sweet Tea dispenser hose not included).