Tag Archive: Experimental

Ghostland Observatory is an American music duo from out of Austin, Texas.  By mashing together electro, rock, and funk and by taking cues from artists such as Daft Punk and Prince, the duo has created what “Gothamist” calls “electro-dance soul rock”.  The duo consists of frontman Aaron Behrens who provides vocals and occasionally plays guitar and Thomas Ross who plays drums and synthesizer.

The duo released their first full length album “delete.delete.i.eat.meat” in 2005 through Turner’s Trashy Moped Recordings.  Their second CD, “Paparazzi Lightning”, was also released through the same label in January 2006.  On October 2007, the band made their national television debut on NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien, performing the song “Sad Sad City”.  They appeared on the PBS television music program “Austin City Limits” in 2007, and released their first DVD, “Live from Austin, TX”, on November 13, 2007.  In a video that was shot at the Vegoose Music Festival, they announced their next album, “Robotique Majestique”, which was later released on March 4, 2008.  On December 26, 2007, the Austin newspaper, “Austin American-Statesman”, announced Ghostland Observatory as their band of the year.  They performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, TX in 2006, 2007, and 2009.  During their performance at the 2007 show, they played the song “The Band Marches On” while accompanied by the University of Texas during a lights out performance.  The duo has also performed at Coachella in Indio, CA and at the Voodoo Experience in New Orleans, LA.

On October 26, 2010, the band released their fourth album, “Codename: Rondo”, which was introduced through a show at the Cedar Park Center in Texas.  The performance included an elaborate laser-light show that included 16 different lasers and multiple mirrors that were scattered around the stage to produce visual effects that could be seen in real time.  On March 17, 2011, they participated in a friendly battle against Snoop Dogg live at the Red Bull Soundclash on South Padre Island, TX.  On August 13, 2011, they performed at the Pacific Festival in Orange County, CA along with “Cut Copy” and Steve Aoki.  They also played in the Beat Tent on night 3 of the CounterPoint Music Festival in Fairburn, GA.

On April 10, 2013, they posted on their Facebook page, “Yes it’s true.  We are on hiatus right now.  Bathing and relaxing in the cosmos.  Rejuvenating our spirits and soaking in the cosmic rays.  Much love to all our GLOheads out there.  See ya’ll in the future.”  The band has since returned once for one show on January 31, 2014, where they opened for “Jurassic 5” at the Icelantic Winter on the Rocks concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

For a band that is truly unique with their beats, tone and rhythm, look no further.  I think “Gothamist” described their music perfectly as “electro-dance soul rock”.  Check out some of the bands biggest hits below and see for yourself.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – Ghostland Observatory – Picture: Google Images

Hooray For Earth is a New York City-based rock band that originated from home recordings that were created by singer and multi-instrumentalist Noel Heroux.  The band materialized in 2005 when Heroux and the band’s bassist, Chris Principe, met and played in various projects throughout high school before forming Hooray For Earth.  While Heroux and Principe were living in Boston, Heroux worked diligently on home recordings of his songs, many of which became some of Hooray For Earth’s first tunes.

The band later recruited drummer Seth Kasper and keyboardist/guitarist Gary Benacquista before releasing a self-titled demo and playing gigs all around Boston before relocating to New York City in 2007.  The demo highlighted the band’s unique blend of high-power rock and synthesizer tones, which soon caught the ear of Dopamine Records who signed Hooray For Earth and released their debut EP, “Cellphone,” in early 2008.  The record later re-released the band’s demo as an official album in 2009.  That same year, Kasper left the group and was replaced by a new drummer, Joseph Ciampini.

A second EP, “Momo,” was released by online subscription service eMusic Selects and was later released physically by Dovecote Records in 2010.  All of this lead up to the band’s first proper recording of their full-length album, “True Loves,” in 2010.  The album was constructed, produced, and performed mostly by Heroux, with other bandmembers and collaborators like Zambri and mixing engineer Chris Coady contributing in various ways.  The album was released in June of 2011 and was followed up by the band’s second full-length album, “Racy,” in 2014.

If the band’s sound could be described in a few words, it would be “atmospheric” and “sound blending.”  Every track these guys produce is meant to make you feel calm and at peace.  The sounds drift through your ears and seem to want to whisp you away to another world.  Their songs continually have build-ups and falls and the band is not afraid to experiment with their own formula.  It definitely makes for an interesting listening experience and makes the band one that has to be experienced in order to understand.

Check out some of the band’s biggest hits below and if you like what you hear, check out the band’s two albums, “True Love” and “Racy” which are both out now in stores and on Itunes.


Sources: Info: AllMusic.com – Videos: YouTube – Picture: Google Images