SLED ISLAND 2014: DEAD GHOSTS

Dead-GhostsJUST STUCK IN THE PAST

“Sled Island is probably going to one of our only shows this summer.”

If Bryan Nichol sounds fatigued, it’s because the Vancouver band has just arrived home from their third European tour in just over a calendar year. “We’re not burnt out, but we knew that we couldn’t party every single night,” the lead singer continues. “We still did… but, yeah.”

The recent heavy touring schedule was largely a result their sophomore LP, Can’t Get No, which was released in 2013 on Burger Records, a California-based label that has quickly established its place in the West Coast music scene. “We’re not like an L.A. band and we weren’t really in that whole scene.” But Nichol explains that the label proved to be the perfect fit for the band’s classic rock and lo-fi aesthetics. After releasing their debut self-titled LP to cassette, an early relationship was formed. “At the time, it wasn’t like this huge thing,” Nichols reveals before humbly stating, “We did it before they had gotten so big and kind of benefited from all their hard work.”

The touring streak has also shed light on the band’s tendency to be lumped in with the recent rush of garage bands, which exposes a possible dualistic struggle with the band’s classic rock and punk influences. “It’s kind of weird because we have that battle internally sometimes, too. We’ll be going through a border and the guards always ask us what kind of music we play. Half of us will be like, ‘garage rock,’ and half of us will be like, ‘No, no, no, it’s just rock and roll.’ We don’t mind being called that, we like that stuff, we just don’t want to be pigeonholed. We think we could do more. We all draw in different stuff, like ‘70s punk, ‘50s doo-wop and just ‘60s rock and roll.”

Can’t Get No, in particular, relies on live eight-track recording to give it a certain nostalgic feel. “We were pulling from a lot of classic influences and we just wanted to see if we could make a record that sounded old.” Nichol finishes, “And we always kind of do that.”

Dead Ghosts play the Palomino on Wednesday, June 18 and at The Golden Age Club on Friday, June 20.    

By Cory Jones

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