The quarantine was a really hard period for bands and artist. We talked to some bands from all over the world to see the real effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic in music.
Today we talk to Ghosts of Sunset! The band is made up of former (Dutch Henry) singer-songwriter John Merchant from Western Michigan, and former Michigan resident and now Alaska transplant multi-instrumentalist and former (The Verve Pipe) drummer Todd Long. Together they have released “Headed West”.
How can you describe the changes generated by the pandemic in the band’s activity?
The band didn’t have any shoes booked at all before the pandemic hit. We signed our deal with Golden Robot Records in June of 2020. We are duo made up of John Merchant and myself Todd Long. We started out as a recording project and are slowly evolving into a live band. We are definitely looking forward to being able to hop on stage and play some shows soon.
What daily activity did you miss the most during quarantine?
You end up realizing what you really take for granted. Just a simple trip to a restaurant, movie theater or just hanging with friends inside at a club is truly missed.
Were there any pluses for this period without concerts?
My wife and just had a baby boy so it is great to be able to have bonding time during this. The band is also writing and recording for the next release. We have recruited members of Bang Tango and Little Cesar for this next one. Our first release “Headed West” is due out the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021!
How does it feel to return to some normalcy?
We are still in somewhat lockdown here in Anchorage. Bands are still not allowed to play shows within the city limits. You can go outside of the limits and play though. It’s definitely a strange situation here! They have had some national acts play about thirty minutes outside of the city where masks are not mandated!
What plans have you got for the rest of 2020?
Ghosts of Sunset just plan on doing more writing and recording. Probably do some more quarantine style videos and some lyric videos for our up and coming E.P “Headed West”
Do you have any message for the bands or artists who are still in lockdown/quarantine?
I’m sure many are writing, recording, doing live streams. Just stay creative and stay positive. Who knows when any of this will end!
What message do you have for the people who are going to read this interview?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and if you are into rock and roll music please check out Ghosts of Sunset on Golden Robot Records. We currently have two singles out. “Miles In-Between” was our first single and that features Johnny Monaco ex (Enuff Z’Nuff) on lead guitar and Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan) on drums. The second single “Never Goodbye” features Tracii Guns (L.A Guns) on lead guitar, Bruno Ravel from (Danger Danger) on bass guitar. It also has Patrick Kennison from (Lita Ford) on harmony vocal as well as Adam Hamilton ex (Tuff, L.A Guns) on drums and Michigan State University teacher Brian Roth on keys.
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Interview by Radu Mihai