Tag Archive: Rock

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

Slaves is an American post-hardcore group that formed out of Sacramento, California.  The band currently consists of lead vocalist Jonny Craig, formerly of the bands “Emarosa”, “Dance Gavin Dance”, and “Isles & Glaciers”, guitarist Alex Lyman of “Hearts and Hands”, guitarist Jonathan Wolfe of “The Hollowed”, bassist Colin Vieria of “Musical Charis”, and drummer Tai Wright of “Four Letter Lie” and “Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows”.  The band released their debut album, “Through Art We Are All Equals” on June 24, 2014.  The album reached No. 53 on the official Billboard 200 charts in the U.S.

The group went on their first U.S. tour in May 2014 in order to support their fellow post-hardcore brothers “Hands Like Houses”, “Miss Fortune”, and “Alive Like Me”.  Shortly after, the band revealed that they would be a part of the All Stars Tour.

The band has has a rocky start, with many of the members dropping out and then rejoining later but if they are able to keep it together long enough, I think that they can become very popular in the post-hardcore scene simply based off of their first album alone.  Craig’s vocals soar expertly over amazing guitar riffs that feel like a mixture of heavy metal, punk, and power metal that somehow got rolled all into one.  It’s truly amazing to listen too and I hope that their current band member problems don’t persist so that they can release a follow-up album.

Listen to some of the band’s top hits below and be sure to pick up the groups debut album, “Through Art We Are All Equals”, which is available on Itunes now.

Sources: Info: Wikipedia – Videos: YouTube – ArteryRecordings – Picture: Google Images