From the pop aficionados to punk rockers and metalcore lovers, Ghost Town has something for everyone. Combining elements of all genres and making a few new ones, Kevin “Ghost” McCullough (vocals), Alix “Monster” Koochaki (guitar/vocals), Manny “MannYtheDrummer” Dominick (drums) are surprising audiences across the country at Warped Tour. Their album Evolution, released in 2015, is tailor-made for…well, everyone.
It’s all about the connection. The music of Ghost Town resonates with audiences because it is tangible. Their music can be seen in the thrilling live performances, felt by the emotion it conveys, and heard through the connection with the audience. Performing in other countries, Ghost Town has found that their music was a bridge to language barriers. Not surprising to Koochaki, whose father learned to speak English by singing along to songs by The Beatles. Although he believes that songs can never be truly perfect, Koochaki stated, “I feel like the imperfections are what makes it perfect.” It is difficult at times to find the point where a song is finished and often musicians are their own worst critics. Koochaki added, “I feel like that is partly what’s missing in music today, is the human element. I mean, people will fine tune everything to the point where it’s no longer like that person played it anymore and you’re missing that life.” Even after a song is recorded, there are always new ways to change or develop a song and the possibilities are endless.
One is a lonely number. Or is it? Being alone does not always indicate loneliness. From the song, “Loner”, words say, “Not going to hang with you tonight/Being alone just feels so right/No other place I’d rather be/If you’re alone when you’re with me” and show a different side of being alone. It can happen in any situation. A loved one who will not listen, a teacher who ignores the quiet student, or a parent who ignores the needs of a child can all make you feel alone when others are present. But, Koochaki believes that sometimes spending quiet time with yourself can also lead you on a journey of self-discovery. Just because you are alone, you are not necessarily lonely.
There is always more. Ghost Town has created a new sound in their music, but they know there is so much more to learn. Dominick has tried his hand at drawing and would like the opportunity to learn how to play piano. It would be great if he could play football, but Dominick admits the heavy touring and recording schedule of Ghost Town does not allow much time for organized sports. Koochaki, a self-taught guitarist expressed a desire for more formal music education to discover more about theory and the guitar as an instrument. Pushing the boundaries of music is what Ghost Town is famous for, but in the end, their inspiration comes from the fans. Dominick remarked, “Everyday, the kids. Getting a chance to meet them at the Meet & Greet. Hearing the screams and singing along to the songs, and stuff like that (is inspiring).” A sizable crowd at Warped Tour poured into the amphitheater to hear Ghost Town play and erupted into animated interaction with them immediately. The hype surrounding Ghost Town is well deserved as they delivered a magnificent selection of songs that compel the listener to take part. See for yourself at as they continue with Warped Tour for the rest of the summer!