So, for anyone unfamiliar with yourself, tell us a little bit about your backstory and how you ended up here.
We are Ghosts of Sunset a rock n roll band that was formed by two friends with 30+ years in the music business writing, recording, performing and touring across several different genres. We formed Ghosts of Sunset as an homage to some of the music that shaped us when we were coming up. The 1980s hard rock scene in Los Angeles California that spawned bands like RATT, Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Quiet Riot, Poison, LA GUNS, Faster Pussycat and a slew of others. Our EP “Headed West” is based on the story of a fictional band that moves from a small Midwestern town to “make it” on the Sunset Strip. There’s a lot of human experiences in that story that haven’t been told in this manner before.
Tell us about what you are currently up to
Currently we are promoting our first single “Miles In-Between” on Golden Robot Records. In October our second single “Never Goodbye” will be released on Golden Robot Records followed by the full EP before the end of 2020.
Without giving too much away, we’re already working on our full-length follow-up with members of Bang Tango, Little Ceaser and others. We’re also working with our team at Samurai Artists Management about some 2021 touring which could find us supporting some bigger artists and performing at festivals around the country.
Can any band members give an example of an artist’s track that influenced or inspired them to chase a career in music?
For me (John Merchant singer/songwriter/guitarist), it was “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles. This song did things to me as a young man I couldn’t explain. I just listened to it over and over. The mood of it, the WEIGHT of the lyrics, and the imagery. Plus, the middle 8 that completely switched gears (the result of John and Paul combining two ideas) influences my song-writing and music choices to this day. The song is absolutely timeless.