Photo Credit: Ghosts of Eden/Deneka Peniston
NYC’s Ghosts of Eden have quickly made an impact on the local music scene, having impressed crowds at a number of the city’s hottest venues, most notably the Grammercy Theater, which has hosted Stone Temple Pilots, and the Highline Ballroom, whose stage has also been home to the likes of The Roots, Fountains of Wayne, and many other multi-platinum acts. The band blends together elements of 90s grunge, punk, and hardcore, and still manages to embue each song with an instantly catchy pop hook. Make sure to check them out tomorrow night at Konnolly’s Klub 45, where they’ll share the stage with EMI recording artist Edisun. For now, enjoy the band talking about the familial atmosphere of NYC’s rock scene, musical orgies, and much more.
First off, if Ghosts of Eden was the product of a five-band orgy, which bands would have been the participants of that hedonism?
Haha, I’d say that given that unfortunate event, we’d be the spawn of a massive gang bang amongst Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins.
Your track “Eliot Ness” has one of the most powerful lyrics I’ve ever heard: “I can still taste the way you smile.” Is that song based on some supposed homosexual subtext in the relationship between Ness and Al Capone?
Thanks a lot brotha. Unfortunately no, but maybe we’ll write a sequel using that as a foundation. It’s actually about a prior relationship I was in. I won’t go into too many details, but if you listen to the song, you can probably figure out how it ended up.
You’re currently prepping to record the follow-up EP to your 2010 debut, “Ignorance and Lies.” It seems that many bands these days are choosing to release EPs rather than 10-12 track albums. To what do you attribute this shift?
To be honest, I think money and time is a huge factor. We’d love to make a full length one day but it’s so damn expensive when you’re an unsigned band like us. Also, I think we’d much rather get our best newest material out asap. If we took another 6 months to write a dozen more songs to put on the album, we’d be hindering our opportunity to get new music out to our fans when they want it the most. Our first record came out almost 2 years ago, so we’re ready and so are they. We are already writing and brainstorming for the third record so I think our main reason for an EP is to simply keep bringing new sounds to our fans. I think a lot of other bands share the same mentality, however I’ve noticed a lot of bands putting out EP’s because they think it will get them signed. The idea that less is more is a popular thought. I think you should just put out your best music. Whether that be 6 songs or 12 songs, if it’s good, hopefully someone is listening regardless.
At one of your shows, you performed Ray Parker Jr’s theme from “Ghostbusters.” Can we expect a rendition of Run DMC’s “Ghostbusters Rap” from the sequel next?
That’s actually a pretty rad idea, but I think we got something even funkier up our sleeves for a new cover song. It is top secret for now though
Like one of TheCheapPop’s favorite bands, The August Infinity, you are part of of the Gotham Rocks family of NYC bands. How did that come to be?
That we are. We’ve played a bunch with TAI too. Cool dudes. It’s a really long story, but in short, I had heard of Gotham Rocks through a friend of mine so I kept submitting our music to them and CT and Mike gave us a shot with a show at Crash Mansion back in early 2010 and the rest was history. But at the same time, Kimmi from GR sort of discovered us via Facebook or MySpace. She’ll yell at me for messing up that story haha, but we really latched on to her and saw her as a mentor because she was so full of knowledge and tips for a band like us, just starting out in the NYC scene. We really wound up becoming part of the GR family pretty quickly. They are all awesome people and I’ve never really seen a music community or family like this before. Everyone supports each other and goes to each others’ shows. Everyone is cheering on the next band and helping out where they can. The Gotham Rocks family really goes beyond just the shows they put on and the people who run it. I think that intangible quality makes them a force to be reckoned with in New York City. It’s only a matter of time before everyone knows who they are and the bands that were spawned out of it.
If the band actually became ghosts, do you think you’d be more like Casper, and befriend little children, or would you be more malevolent, and go on revenge-fueled rampages? I think we’d be more like Patrick Swayze. We love Whoopi Goldberg…..and pottery.
Who doesn’t love pottery?