MEB Staff Writer Murjani Rawls had a chance to catch up with Ed Ghost Tucker’s guitarist Rutger Rosenborg and ask him questions regarding their EP Channels, how the band has played together since they were younger, and the San Diego music scene.
MEB: Just for our readers, can you guys introduce yourselves?
Rutger: Hey everyone, we’re Ed Ghost Tucker. Weird name, I know. We’re from San Diego, and we’re just coming off of the release of our debut EP, Channels. Our names are Cameron, Michaela, Rutger, and Ryan.
I noticed that all the band members have been playing together since childhood. Can you talk about how you all met?
Somehow, we all got started in music together around the same time in elementary school. Despite having come from different countries and states, we all managed to converge in San Diego when we were between 8 and 10 years old. We formed Ed Ghost Tucker after graduating from college and/or coming home from abroad around two and a half years ago.
Just listening to the Channels EP, it seems that you guys playing so long together created the very confident and free flowing nature of it. Do you find playing together so long creates an environment to explore all the sounds you do in the EP?
We have all had varied musical experiences, but we also grew up learning our instruments beside each other, so in a way that lifelong experience of writing that way has given us a familiar language when working with each other. Most of us have had some sort of formal training here and there, but we don’t have the same vocabulary as someone who is well-versed in theory. Somehow, we still manage to get our ideas across and begin and end our songs together.
The band is based in San Diego. Can you let us know a little bit about the music scene there and how that’s influenced the band as a whole?
There’s a great community of people running the venues and supporting music in general, and the scene here has been fun to be a part of. It’s also changed quite a bit lately with venues shutting down, taking on new ownership, etc., but it seems like the music community as a whole is taking care of itself and growing slowly. We’re grateful to have so many supporters in this town who are giving us a chance to do our thing.
There’s a part in the middle of “Rest Your Bones” where there’s beautiful harmonization. It’s almost dreamy. As far as your influences go, do you draw from the old doo-wop groups in that respect?
We do draw a lot from old doo-wop groups, consciously or not. The communalism and synchronicity of the voices is something that’s really appealing to us. I’d say it’s kind of hard for us not to look back at doo-wop, given the fact that we have three-part harmonies a lot of the time. In that particular part of “Rest Your Bones,” there are two different groups of harmonies going on. One group is holding out a suspended second chord, which creates a pad effect. The second group dances melodically around that chord in a more traditional doo-wop fashion. Together, they give that floating, dreamlike quality.
Are there any plans for a future album or a tour outside of California? I’d love to see you guys in New York.
Definitely — we’re currently starting the process of recording a sister EP to Channels, and we expect to have both out on vinyl by summer. We’d like to get on the road to play some shows after that. NY is on the top of our list!
Thank you for speaking with us! Anything you guys want to say to your fans out there?
We can’t thank everyone enough for all that you do to support our music — you guys are a huge source of energy and inspiration for us, and we look forward to sharing more with you as soon as possible!