Hi Ghost of Sunset, and welcome to LiveTrigger Magazine! We are really excited to support you in this new exciting release. Tell us everything about it!
2021 is a year that will not soon be forgotten by anyone who lived it. In the midst of unprecedented chaos and a global pandemic, artists began seeking new ways to be creative and share the gift of music with a world that desperately needed it.
Ghosts of Sunset, featuring 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, dealt with it by releasing an EP called “Headed West”.
“Headed West” found Merchant and Long joined by a cast of musicians with their roots in the 1980’s hard rock/hair metal scene especially in Los Angeles, California. The duo brought in well-known musicians that included Tim Mosher (Junkyard), Traci Guns (LA Guns) , Adam Hamilton (Tuff) , Johnny Monaco (Enuff Z’Nuff) , Stacey Blades (Ratt) and Bruno Ravel (Danger Danger) to name but a few.
The 5-song effort garnered worldwide attention, airplay, downloads, and streams for its well-crafted songs that told the story of the rise and fall of a fictional hair-metal band in the 1980s.
As ambitious as it was to try and develop characters and a storyline over such a short span, somehow the pair pulled it off, and listeners connected.
Ghosts of Sunset had found an audience who longed for a connection with a genre they loved, but whose musical tastes were mature enough to demand solid songwriting.
Now, 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 the 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 to 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 to elicit 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
Todd – Hello thank you for having us. “No Saints in the City” is our first single off of our upcoming full-length album of the same name. The album will drop in the fall or early winter of 2021.
This is the follow up to our six song EP titled “Headed West” which came out in February of this year!
Are you excited about this single launch?
Todd – I am super proud of this song. I really feel we wrote a strong Pop/Rock song.
The end vocals that play off each other are great.
Patrick Kennison from (Lita Ford) sang some killer harmonies on here and really took the song to another level. Alex Kane (Ex- Enuff Z Nuff) played an amazing solo on it. It’s definitely my favorite solo on the album.
What is the process you use to create your music?
Todd – This whole album was recorded remotely.
We had people all over the globe help us on it. Our music for this album has been more places than us!
New York City, California, Alaska, Michigan, England! Truly a blessing to have great individuals involved.
And what about the video?
Todd – We shot green screen footage for it ourselves and we are having our label Golden Robot Records make the final call on it. Probably add some stock city footage behind us to fit the songs vibe.
What are your favourite artists and/or composers?
Todd – Kiss has always been my favorite but I love all sorts of different things. Kiss, Bon Jovi, Blink 182, Ryan Adams, girlfriends. Mostly Rock, Pop-Punk for me. Even some new country I like!
Do they have anything in common?
Todd – Just if I feel a song is good then they get my vote 🙂
How did they influence your style & sound?
Todd – My 1st love is the 1980’s. That’s what I favor. I grew up in that time and just loved the “image” as well as the fun aspect of it. The 90’s got really dark and gloomy.
The fun was sucked out of it for me. Even the 80’s bands tried to change with the times and most didn’t survive.
What’s the most exciting thing that happened to you recently?
Todd – “No Saints in the City” has really done well and we are riding high on that! I fell our label really has our back on this one.I am also moving from Alaska to Florida so my family is super excited to have some warmth in our lives!
So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Todd – Hopefully some live shows will be in our future. We have to figure that out with John and I living so far away from one another. We will have a 2nd single dropping titled “If You’re Not Coming Back”. It’s a slower tune. I’m a total ballad fan.
Then our album will drop later in the year.
What do you think about Livetrigger?
Todd – You guys are great. Thank you for letting us have a voice and for caring and sharing! Without guys like you we couldn’t be heard or seen!
How can our readers follow you on social media?
All streaming services as well.