Ghostland Observatory was named the best band in Austin by the Austin American Statesman in Dec. 2007. Then Pitchfork gave their new album Robotique Majestique a 1.5/10. Thomas Turner (drums, synthesizer, back-up vocals) explained they prefer it that way:
“Our main goal when we started the band was to make music, performance the whole thing that people either love or hate. We didn’t want to be a play it safe band.”
“Obviously [the] reviewer from pitchfork hates us. Other people love it. Not really a middle ground with Ghostland.” Personally, I’m crazy for it. It’s the perfect pick me up to start work, for driving and, of course, dancing. As fun as their albums are, they’re notorious for their live show.
Visually, Turner says “It looks like a space ship is parked behind us (with the) lasers and lights.” Not to mention the cape. Turner’s wife made him his white cape, which he wears at every show except when he’s in Houston, where he wears his special cape made by Houston fans.
Turner got kind of mad at me when he told me he was into Chicago house sound and I admitted I’m from Chicago and didn’t know any Chicago house. “Almost every influence of electronic dance music came from your city. The freakin house music dude! Green Velvet. Paul Johnson. Daft Punk. They like totally took from the Chicago disco house sound.”
I asked him about the growing popularity of dance-rock music and he chalked it up to open minded listeners looking up music on the internet. “in the 90s you either went to parties and were into techno and house….or rock.” He credits Radiohead’s Kid A as a major crossover album.
Their commitment to the live show is commendable. He said there’s no game plan or scheme. They don’t care about YouTube or popularity. It’s all about the live show. They’ve gone from “playing for 100 people in Austin to 4,500 [person venues] being sold out in five days” And the Austin duo is gaining popularity elsewhere. “We played in DC one time for 100 people. This time 1,200 people jammed in.”
“Come to the show and have a good time. So much for fun for us when the crowd is into it.”
Chicago fans: see them May 2nd at the Metro.
I’ll see you there for a sexy, sweaty dance party.
Get your sexy dance party started tonight!