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The Vancouver-based band assembled in the fall of 2008, when high school friends Bryan Nicol and Drew Wilkinson wanted to start a project together. The two then recruited Drew’s brother, Mike Wilkinson to play drums and mutual friend Maurizio Chiumento on bass.
“The idea was to just play house shows, but then we got offered to put out a record. That got us motivated to do a little more” said singer Bryan Nicol. “Our first single was on a label called Milk n’ Herpes. We we’re all like, ‘Fuck Ya! That’s the worst name ever!’ ”
It wasn’t long after that the band had released a handful of EPs, and in 2010 Dead Ghosts released their self titled debut on Florida record label: Florida's Dying (Jacuzzi Boys, Jussef Jerusalem). Proclaimed ‘jangly, hip-shaking rock n’ roll’ and a ‘solid foundation of a debut that speaks on their maturity and highlights their talent‘ by mishkanyc.com. It was later re-issued by Burger Records on tape and vinyl, after selling out multiple pressings.
The debut’s release propelled the band into a series of shows in the states. “The first tours were pretty rough. We never had proper documentation to get into the US, so we always had to sneak our gear across or borrow stuff.” recalls Nicol. “We’d play with these great bands like Shannon and the Clams, Bare Wires, and Personal and the Pizzas, before they were well known. It would be this amazing line up and no one would be there.” Since then Dead Ghosts have toured North America and Europe several times, playing hundreds of shows with bands like Roky Erikson, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips and Ty Segall.
In 2013 Dead Ghosts released their second album “Can’t Get No”, with California staple point Burger Records. The release set off numerous favourable reviews, Tiny Mix Tapes describing it as “good jams with undeniable energy”.
Dead Ghosts’ latest release “Love and Death and All The Rest” is their third studio album. This time around the band went with a DIY approach, deciding to record the album themselves, aptly choosing the comforts of a dilapidated barn on the outskirts of Vancouver instead of a traditional studio. “Our friends, Indian Wars, were practicing in this old barn about thirty minutes outside of Vancouver. We kind of convinced them to let us make a record in there” describes Nicol. “It’s this great big place in the middle of nowhere, we could do anything we wanted.” “We had total freedom.”
Although the album is completely self produced, Dead Ghosts opted for a fuller, less abrasive sound than their previous albums. “We kept hearing complaints that you couldn’t hear the vocals or lyrics, but it’s not like we sound hi-fi now or anything. We just turned the reverb down a couple notches”