Alt-pop act The Ghost Club unleashes a synth-fueled catharsis of their surging bop ‘All I Know.’ The membership’s ‘president,’ Domenic Dunegan, shares how this music and its animated video got here to be.
One can’t assist however bop their head alongside to the opening beat of “All I Know,” the brand new lower from The Ghost Club. The synths surge, the bass is heavy, and the degrees are within the pink. It’s a blast, a pop music that’s meant for driving – be it the Jersey Turnpike or the Pacific Coast Highway (assuming site visitors is sweet.) It’s a celebration of a particular second, of being too younger to be outdated, of being too skilled to be harmless. “Baby, your time is just all I need,” sings Domenic Dunegan, the mastermind behind The Ghost Club. “We’re gettin’ out forever if we never let go / Don’t really know who we were before / I said, ‘All I know for sure is that we just ain’t kids anymore.’”
Accompanying this monitor is a brand new animated video (visuals for “See Below” and “Same Graves” have been additionally animated.) “Music today is just as visual as it is auditory, and being unsigned can make it a bit difficult to keep expenses down,” Domenic tells HollywoodLife. “I’d love to make elaborate videos but I don’t have the budget to make something that I feel would support the song and animation has allowed ideas to be done that I wouldn’t be able to do otherwise.”
During the chat with HL, Domenic shared how Bruce Springsteen influenced this new musical mission (“I wanted these songs to basically be imagined as me trying to write “Dancing in the Dark” in a contemporary context”), the origin behind The Ghost Club’s identify, and what followers can count on from the Club earlier than 2021 involves a detailed.
HollywoodLife: The Ghost Club is such a putting identify that there should be some story behind how this moniker got here to be. What led you to christen this mission so?
The identify really comes from just a little bit of pettiness on my finish. When I first began attempting to do music, I initially needed to have it’s a full band, and so much of musicians I knew on the time would all the time kinda say, “oh yeah, let’s get together sometime and work on some music” and folks would simply preserve falling via. We’d have group chats, and ultimately, after simply not listening to again in any respect, I modified the identify of the one to “The Dead Club” however I believed it sounded too morbid and imply so I modified it to “The Ghost Club.” When I did that, somebody within the group chat really ended up responding and beneficial I take advantage of that because the identify. It’s caught ever since.
How did the animated video come to be?
Music in the present day is simply as visible as it’s auditory, and being unsigned could make it a bit troublesome to maintain bills down. I’d like to make elaborate movies however I don’t have the price range to make one thing that I really feel would help the music and animation has allowed concepts to be achieved that I wouldn’t be capable to do in any other case. Like yeah, animation isn’t low-cost, however I couldn’t have achieved the “Same Graves” video every other method. While trying, I went via Instagram and went via the #animator hashtag till I discovered the precise particular person for the job.
The music hits the “punk” and “new wave” elements of my mind with a spiked leather-based boot – and that’s implausible. What led you to decide on this sound in 2021 versus pop or hip-hop? Did you come across a treasure trove of Rezillos/Stranglers data as a youth?
Finding the route that I’ve needed to take was an enormous battle for me. When I first began making music, I felt pressured to include hip-hop and pop influences into what I used to be doing as a result of I felt that it needed if I needed to pursue music in in the present day’s ambiance, and that if I wouldn’t I’d get misplaced within the noise. It left me feeling that what I used to be making initially was very contrived and I wasn’t actually capable of latch onto it when rehearsing. When I used to be speaking to my producer earlier than creating these songs, I advised him that I needed these songs to principally be imagined as me attempting to write down “Dancing in the Dark” in a contemporary context. I’m an enormous fan of analog synths and just about simply took a leap of religion with the sound I used to be going for.
The refrain has you sing “we just ain’t kids anymore.” What was the latest time while you felt similar to that – such as you weren’t a child/as younger anymore?
That line can just about sum up everything of 2020 for me. I went into 2020 with my head within the clouds and was making ready for stay exhibits simply to have the curtains dropped like each different musician on this planet. I watched so much of associates lose hope and pack up their music ambitions. If we have been all operating collectively, I really feel like 2020 left solely a handful remaining. Quite a bit of worry and uncertainty unfold into what I used to be doing. As of scripting this, the pandemic continues to be right here, and issues on the horizon seem like there’s hope, and I’m hoping I don’t look again on this the identical method I’m final yr. Early expectations final yr have been that it might final till July, so who is aware of when it should finish, possibly tomorrow, possibly two years from now.
What does the remainder of 2021 maintain for The Ghost Club?
I don’t know if there’s a better energy on the market, whether or not it’s God, the flying spaghetti monster, the particular person operating the simulation, witchcraft, or the Illuminati, I’ll pray to all of them in unison within the hopes of getting in entrance of a crowd this yr and enjoying a present (below secure situations, of course). I’ll proceed to create it doesn’t matter what, however except some exhibits begin taking place, I’m gonna be headed into “The Shining” territory quickly. All work and no exhibits makes Jack a boring boy.
“All I Know” is out now.