CITIES OF ORIGIN: Riverside.
KINDERED SPIRITS: Elliott Smith and The National.
RECENT RELEASES: Shadowbox (June 2013).
FREQUENTS: Back to the Grind (Riverside), dba256 Gallery Wine Bar (Pomona), Mission Tobacco Lounge (Riverside), Rack’s (Corona), Sevilla (Riverside) and Worthington’s (Riverside).
There’s nothing the Weekly loves more than a local unsigned indie rock band with a great sense of humor. Yeah, the music they play is obviously just as important to us—but we also like to have fun and laugh a little bit. This band’s ‘about’ section on Facebook definitely had us LOLing, saying they want to rock our balls, even if we don’t have any. The band also explains that its goal is to make us (the fans) think, love, dance and drink when enjoying Ghosts in Pockets live. Feels like a match made in heaven . . . because that’s exactly what we want to be doing, all at the same time. For our featured Band of the Week, Ghosts in Pocket, writing relatable and passionate music is clearly a strong point for this group of guys. Releasing an album entitled Shadowbox this last summer, we recommend you check out our favorite songs, “Brainwave” and “Hallway.” It could be the passionate and clever lyrics or the tunes that are reminiscent to some of our favorite bands that make the music so relatable and really drew us in. Ghosts in Pocket has the tunes you’re missing on your iPod. Don’t just take our word for it—go and download this 10-track vehicle of amazingness, and you won’t be disappointed.
How did your band get together?
Zach Mullen: Keith and I met through mutual friends while we were both attending UCR. He kept it hidden for a while that he could play, but once I finally got him to get together with me, I found out he actually had some songs. I was already jamming with Chris and Nick at the time, so I thought it would be a good fit. We got together one rainy evening at a practice studio in Hollywood, laid down some crudely recorded demos, and the rest is in the books.
How do you describe your music?
Nick Hartman: We just tell people “indie rock,” and then go from there; gauge the audience, and supply the appropriate sample. But we’re most often compared to Interpol and Echo and the Bunnymen, which is high praise as far as we’re concerned.
What is the story behind the name of your band?
Keith Richard Beshwate: It’s from Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, and it’s a phrase that’s always stuck with me. I think it relates to our music in that, unlike having skeletons in the closet, your ghosts are always with you. Also, skeletons in the closet is just a skoch too punk for us.
What can fans expect from a live Ghosts in Pocket performance?
Hartman: Just four dudes playing some killer tunes, rockin’ the same amount of energy for five people as we would for 50. The music is high energy, heavy and atmospheric . . . If we’re not sore the next morning, we didn’t show up the night before.
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Richard Beshwate: We live our band life by a motto that we set way back when, when we were first hanging out in the shop: “Love each other, have fun” . . . The unspoken third to that is “and make good music.” It’s simple, but it works for us.