By: Shelby Lum
Indie rockers, East Ghost, will be playing their hometown in DC at Rock & Roll Hotel. Having a home court can be a huge advantage for a local band to add native color to the scene. East Ghost is known for their soft starting songs that rise to a huge crescendo as their songs progress. Check out the exclusive interview with TALive!
Where did your band name come from?
When we set out to lay down our first few tracks on a little cabin trip several years back, we hadn’t really come up with a name. After rattling off a bunch of stupid portmanteaus we came up with East Ghost. We had already considered Holy Ghost, but that band is already in existence. More specifically, the Ghost in East Ghost is partly a reference to our Ghostly International fandom, though we aren’t in their category of music and partly a reference to the ‘ghostly’ loops and layers of sound we work to create.
What was the first gig you ever played?
The first show we ever played took place at The O Street Artist Lofts here in DC. Friends of ours offered up their loft for a show. We wired the whole setup and it turned out really well. House shows are well-regarded in this area and about the simplest way to play live.
What’s the craziest thing a fan has ever done for you?
So, far we haven’t garnered the crazy fan types. Maybe the closest thing was the fan/friend who created an entire set of East Ghost posters in a letterpress class. He needed a project for a specific theme and thought of us. He also made an entire box of ghost-embossed coasters which we have yet to find a use for. Free merch labor counts as crazy I think.
If you had to describe your music in one word, what would it be?
Always the worst question, be it one or one thousand words. We’ll go with DYNAMIC.
What’s your favorite snack to bring backstage?
Probably beer. Occasionally, homemade baked goods.
What has been your favorite/ funniest moment as a band so far?
We love playing live, so any instance where we are invited onstage is the dream. But recently, we opened for Six Organs of Admittance at DC9 and it turned out Bob Boilen of NPR Music was in attendance for Six Organs. Our drummer Jesse sort of stalked him in an attempt to hand Bob our album, but Bob disappeared into the night before Jesse could make our case. We now keep an even closer eye out for fans in fedoras.
How do you like to write music? alone? in a group?
We write music collaboratively. East Ghost has very much been about working together as friends and musicians. We’ll start with a riff or chord progression and maybe a lyrical idea and hammer it out from there. Most of the songs we’ve written have seen many incarnations. Part of the reason we started the group was just to hang out together. Nearly everything we’ve done has been an extension of that.
East Ghost is playing at Rock & Roll Hotel on Friday, February 22. Doors open at 9 p.m.!