EP OF THE WEEK- GHOSTS OF SUNSET- HEADED WEST




PHOTO CREDIT: PRESS

WORDS BY ANSELM ANDERSON


 Ghosts of Sunset are due to release their debut EP "Headed West on February 5th via Golden robot Records.

The band's blend of engaging storytelling and blast of energetic punk/ alt-rock is the brainchild of singer/songwriters John Merchant and Todd Long. This 6 track EP is a concept piece based on a fictional midwestern 1980's rock band that heads to Hollywood for fortune and favour, but alas...it all goes wrong and they break up. There is a happy ending when they reform soon afterwards. The Ep features some rock royalty, including guitarist Tracii Guns of LA Guns fame and ex- Danger Danger bassist Bruno Ravel

I will start with the self-titled track Headed West is a rollicking entertaining track that takes a trip back to a bygone era of hair/glam metal. A fun 3 plus minutes of groovy riffs, debauched lyrics and scintillating solos.

Another Rock 'n'Roll Show continues the theme of ballsy rock with a slice of pop-punk. Ghosts Of Sunset combines a catchy chorus with instrumental breakdowns and finger blistering guitar work 

Video for " Another Rock 'n' Roll Show"

This Ep is not all about heavy rock though. There are tracks steeped full of raw emotion and refection like Miles - In Between. It is a harrowing insight into loneliness on the road as the narrator deals with being away from his loved one for a substantial amount of times. Merchant delivers touching melodies accompanied by another sterling guitar solo, simple drum patterns and a tight rhythm section.

Video for " Miles- In Between"

Headed West is not only a fictional tale but a biography into life in a band. The differing styles of music chosen to convey these emotions.

And Finally, Try It For Love is a poignant finale that looks into reconciliation. I would say this could be a possible crowd closer once the tours resume. A track with introspective lyrics and warmth, as heard in the powerful performances of the musicians involved.


Ghost Of Sunset will certainly be riding happily towards that direction with a fun, sorrowful and heartwarming introduction to a band that hopes to make head waves in the future.

Ghosts of Sunset will releases " Headed West" on February 5th


Band Line-Up: John Merchant – Lead Vocals/Guitar Todd Long – Drums/Bass/Guitar/Vocals Guest Musicians Include – Stacey Blades (Ex L.A Guns/Ratt), Kent Slucher (Luke Bryan/Kuarantine), Tim Mosher (Junkyard), Johnny Monaco (Ex Enuff Z’ Nuff), Brian Roth, Patrick Kennison (Lita Ford), Adam Hamilton (Ex Tuff), Tracii Guns (L. A Guns), Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger), Brian Forsythe (Kix), Freddy Herrera (Everclear), Ryan Roxie (Alice Cooper)



CD Track Listing:
1. Headed West
2. Another Rock 'N' Roll Show
3. Miles In-Between
4. Never Goodbye
5. Now It's Over
6. Try it For Love


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