The rumors ran rampant through the crowd at the Palladium Ballroom on Thursday night as people settled in to watch Ghosthustler perform the opening set at Quick's Big Thing awards show. Was it true? Was this the final time we'd see Ghosthustler perform?
Turns out, yes--to an extent.
The band's awkward performance, which found the Denton-based electronic trio on a stage far too big and a venue far too cavernous for its comfort level (and found unfamiliar crowd members asking if the band's sound was for real or if it was a joke), was, indeed, the final time audiences would see the current incarnation of Ghosthustler perform.
Alan Palomo, the band's frontman, confirmed as much when I asked him about the rumors after his band's performance, but he said he didn't want to go on the record about it until after he spread the word himself on Myspace.
Well, in a Myspace bulletin sent out the next day, Palomo did just that:
"For reasons both creative and life changing, I have decided to leave Ghosthustler and move on. Amidst these circumstances my bandmates have deemed it necessary to carry on without me; I wish them the best of luck. Expect great things to continue being released from the Ghosthustler name and from my new project in the near future."
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Ghosthuster's story is an interesting one; aside from a 10'' vinyl recording, the band never officially released its debut. And yet it found itself a blogosphere darling, earning accolades from Pitchfork and the locally based Gorilla Vs Bear.
We can expect Ghosthustler to continue on without Palomo in some capacity, but to what extent, is tough to say. Will the band find a replacement for him, or go on without an official vocalist as so many electro-dance outfits do these days?
We can be certain, however, that Palomo, whose departure from the band coincides with his move to Austin to attend college next fall, will continue to produce songs on his own. And, though he didn't want to go on the record with any of his possible band names on Thursday, the ones he offered up as potential monikers sounded, well, fitting of Ghosthustler's sound.
I'll do what I can to keep you posted on this front; as I type this, I'm trying to hunt down Palomo--as well as Ghosthustler's remaining members, Grey St. Germain Gideon and Noah Jackson--to get official on-the-record words about their projects' futures. --Pete Freedman