Ghost Radio hits the Gothic

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Posted Wed, Mar 27, 2013

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.— The Gothic Theater was filled with pimple-ridden teenagers and supportive parents Sunday night (Feb. 17) during their Wicked Winterfest in which Ghost Radio made their second performance.

Ghost Radio has been together since July 2012, but lead guitarist/singer, Rory Rummings, 20, feels hopeful about the band’s potential. Drummer, Chris Bouck, 20, and bassist, Andrew VanDeusen, 20, make Ghost Radio have a very organic and unique sound that led to cheers and dancing at their performance.

Bouck and Rummings, friends since high school, had talked about starting a band for some time, and experimented to find the perfect sound for Ghost Radio. They had a few two-man bands during high school that were just guitar and drums, recorded in someone’s garage, but these few attempts never lasted for long. With the addition of VanDeusen, the band took on its signature sound, a mix between Jimi Hendrix—bending pitches on the guitar and fanciful lyrics—and Led Zeppelin—full on gritty chords, head banging and proud struts across the stage—and started doing shows.

(From left) Rummings, Bouck and VanDeusen surrounded by fans at their show at Gothic Theater Sunday February 17, 2013.

(From left) Rummings, Bouck and VanDeusen jamming at the Gothic Theater Sunday Feb. 17, 2013.

 

“We started because I just need to play guitar, I play to express myself,” Rummings said. “Jamming with those guys is like having our thoughts synchronize.”

So bringing together the perfect three players lets Rummings try out new riffs (small snippets of a melody) and play new songs with his friends right away. The synchronization of sound just means that the finished product of the song meets with everyone’s liking almost instantaneously. As with any group, there are disagreements, but they appear to be an “I’m just happy to be here” trio of men.

Rummings, having only started playing the guitar at age 11, has a natural aptitude for the instrument. Completely self-taught, he learned by ear and now plays with all the finesse of a young Hendrix. He bends the sound of the guitar, uses the whammy bar almost to excess and gets so close to the amp you’d swear his ears would ring for days after a show, but he plays on.

“I’m really just a quiet person who is loud on the inside.”

Rummings even looks like an aspiring 70’s rocker, not only when performing, but also in his day to day look. If one were to see him on the street, you’d think “hipster” with the thick dark framed glasses, ironic/over washed T-shirt and jeans, but Rummings is just an easy going guy whose look makes his performances all the more entertaining. Wearing a funky patterned shirt, jeans and rocking a floppy hairdo, Rummings looked very 70’s rock-like when he was bombarded with compliments and praise from audience members after the show.

“It’s very humbling after a show to have people, some you don’t even know, say how awesome it was,” Rummings said.

(From left) Rummings, Bouck and VanDeusen surrounded by fans at their show at Gothic Theater Sunday February 17, 2013.

(From left) Rummings, Bouck and VanDeusen surrounded by fans at their show at Gothic Theater Sunday Feb. 17, 2013.

 

Though having been around for only about eight months, Ghost Radio has played in two separate shows, gathering new fans at each performance. Rummings says he does most of the managerial work, but that they all pitch in to help promote the band. Using Reddit, Stumble Upon, Facebook and other social networking sites to help spread word of the band, keeps fans not only coming back to shows, but also garnering new ones. Boasting 70 likes on Facebook, Rummings is proud of what the band has achieved so far.

“As long as we’re playing shows, we’re going somewhere,” Rummings said about what he sees for the future of Ghost Radio. “It’d be awesome to tour around Colorado if we got far enough. But I mostly just want to have a good time and keep on jamming.”

Ghost Radio hopes to start recording soon, having set an appointment for a 10-hour recording session. The band has old demos out on their Sound Cloud account, even including some of the tracks that were recorded by Rummings and Bouck alone from high school, but Rummings calls it just a “blueprint” of where Ghost Radio has the potential to go. By combining new and old riffs and compiling them together to create new sounds/songs, Rummings is able to just add lyrics that reflect his mind set at the time and make music. Rummings describes his lyrics as a social commentary on events going on in the world but also of things in his personal life. The song “Please Don’t Shoot” was Rummings’ interpretation of the Aurora Theater shooting in July.

Rummings has a plethora of influences, all of which make Ghost Radio’s sound so refreshing in this era of people thinking that owning a Mac makes them a musician. He says to “take and influence and create your own” has always worked for him, and that looking to himself for influence is something he’s never been ashamed of. Rummings gets his creativity flowing from a myriad of different musical performers. A few influential artists to Rummings are Jimi Hendrix, Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Wu-Tang Clan, Smashing Pumpkins and Khaki King. Clearly Rummings has cast a wide net, with artists ranging from the 1950s to the 1990s and in between. It’s this kind of variety that makes Ghost Radio’s music sound so different from what we hear on the radio or in the media today. So much so, in fact, that when they first began to play Wicked Winterfest, the faces of the audience went from blasé to wow with surprising alacrity.

As for Rummings himself, he’s just happy to play his guitar.

“There are lonely people out there and I want them to hear my music and realize they’re not alone.”

 

Ghost Radio’s Upcoming Show

Ghost Radio has played at the D-Note and at the Gothic Theater, but their next performance is on Saturday, May 18, at the Trailside Saloon.

trailside saloon

The Trailside Saloon is located at
10360 Colorado Blvd Denver, CO 80229-2703

Phone (303) 457-0660.

 

About Grace Holton

Grace Holton is a Broadcast Journalism Major at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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5 Responses to “Ghost Radio hits the Gothic”

  1. Davy Says:

    Very good story. I like how you describe the bands style and the map you put for where and when their next preformance is at.

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  2. Emily Pennetti Says:

    Nice story. Makes me want to go to the next show, and its great you tell where it will be!

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  3. S.L. Alderton Says:

    This is a really cool story! Your descriptive language made it interesting, and it sounds like a fun band!

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  4. Aaron Lambert Says:

    Well written story! My one qualm is that the headline coupled with the content of the story is a bit misleading. It read more like a profile of Rory Rummings than it did of the band itself. It would’ve been nice to hear more from the other band members. That being said, you did a great job of revealing what Ghost Radio is all about! 🙂

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  5. Jen Sasser Says:

    I like this, your writing mimics the tone of the story. Well written!! I might just catch their next show!

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