Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

Ghosts of Sunset features former Dutch Henry singer-songwriter John Merchant from Western Michigan, and one time Michigan resident and now residing in Florida, multi-instrumentalist and former The Verve Pipe drummer Todd Long,

The duo are presenting a full-length album titled “No Saints in the City”. Following the formula laid down by “Headed West”, Merchant and Long once again invited musical input from a cast of influences that includes members of 1980s “hair-metal” staples like Bang Tango, Little Caesar, Lita Ford, and E’nuff Z’nuff, but widens its musical palette with guests from bands like Gene Loves Jezebel, the Cruzados, and the Great Affairs.

While not a “concept” in the pure sense that “Headed West” was, “No Saints in the City” still uses its 11 songs to deeply explore characters, their struggles, and the human experience. The album serves up music you can hear with songs you can feel.

The first single on Golden Robot Records, “No Saints in the City” due out on June 8, 2021 mines the fertile soil of the quest to “make it” on the streets of New York City and just what the true cost is spiritually and emotionally. The attention of detail paid to the songs main character instantly connects and draws the listener in.

A second single to be released later in 2021, “If You’re Not Coming Back” looks at addiction, love, and loss with an unflinching eye. Ghosts of Sunset pride themselves in being able to present material with “weight” as well as good-time, punk attitude, solid rock n roll.

“No Saints in the City” still bears the mark and influence of the 1980s hard rock and “hair-metal” scene, but opens its door to a wide-range of influences as varied as late 70s punk and rock n roll like the New York Dolls, the early glitter of Bowie, the ground-breaking work of Hanoi Rocks, as well as artists like Jesse Malin, Lou Reed, Bruce Springsteen and even authors like Danny Lyon and his book “Bikeriders” (a result of a deep affinity for the music of Memphis Tennessee-based rockers Lucero).

Throughout “No Saints in the City”, guitars clash over a relentless bed of driving bass and drums, while lyrics and vocals avoid typical cliché as they further compositions that take twists and turns eliciting a visceral response to every story told.

Ghosts of Sunset and “No Saints in the City” will definitely leave a mark that keeps listeners returning again and again trying to place themselves inside of each story

Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

Quick Questions With Ghosts Of Sunset

1. Who inspired you to start playing?

Todd – I am originally a drummer but when my friends started leaving their guitars at my house for band practice I decided to just pick them up and start noodling around.

John – My dad was a musician and I really wanted to be like him when I was really young. After that, John Lennon and George Harrison were the first guitarists whose name I knew and wanted to emulate.

2. Which piece of equipment couldn’t you live without?  

Todd – I could not live without my computer or my pod for a quick easy recording.

John – Right now it’s my Rockitt Retros 68 Plexi and my Valvetrain Ghost 211 boost. Both are amazing. Kevin at Rockitt Retros builds the best handwired Plexi style amp on Earth, and Rick at Valvetrain Amps has built me killer amps over the years and the Ghost 211 tranlucent boost takes anything you plug it into and gives it additional character you can’t hear on its own.

3. What’s your favourite album of the year so far? 

Todd – The Dead Daisies – Holy Ground

John – Its not brand new, but “Everybody Moves, Nobody Gets Hurt” from the Great Affairs has more hooks than a tackle box and so many amazing guitar tones it should be handed out as a lesson book on rock n roll tones.

4. If you could have a lesson from anyone, alive or dead, who would it be?

Todd – I would love a lesson from Yngwie Malmsteen. I could never get to that level of playing though. My fingers just won’t do that!

John – It would be nice to sit down with George Harrison and learn what his mindset was when he approached a song. He always plays for the song and creates timeless parts.

5. What is your number one tip for any new player? 

Todd – play what you feel inside! Don’t follow trends, be a trendsetter!
John –  Love it for it’s own sake. Do it because you can’t imagine doing anything else.



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