Tuesday, December 21, 2010 |
5 years ago
[Over the next few weeks, we'll be
favorite local songs of the year, counting down from No. 25 to No. 1,
one track a day. Today, we take an in-depth look at song No. 9 on the
list -- and, please, feel free to click after the jump to grab a free download of the track. Also
after the jump, check out songs No. 50-10 in the Top 50 list that will
update as it grows...]
Once upon a time, back in the year 2007, there was a band called Ghosthustler. And, oh, what a band it was. On the strength of just one single, a song called "Parking Lot Nights," the band became immediate blog darlings, despite only releasing a 10-inch vinyl single.
But they did have a music video directed by Pete Ohs, which featured a Nintendo Power Glove punching various hipster types in the face and capitalized on the same nostalgia that the band's '80s-aping electro-dance sounds capitalized upon. And, to a degree that was enough. Because this band was exciting, and, better yet, it was something new to be heard from the North Texas music scene.
Then, in early 2008, the band broke up, and so that chapter in time ended. But this wasn't a completely sad story. Not at all, actually. Because, within a year, frontman Alan Palom, then just 20 years old, would launch into new, even more successful endeavors. First, there was VEGA. And then, before long, came Neon Indian.
But what of his three bandmates? Gray St. Germain Gideon went on to give Bryce Isbell an assist in his FUR project. Shane English became Corporate Park. And there there's Noah Jackson, who, like Palomo before him, also started two projects. One, called LOVELIFE, quickly became a punchline. But the other project, called Kimberly, in which he collaborated with ex-bandmate English? Why, that group's music isn't so bad. Not at all. Actually, it's pretty great.