GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY: When National Geographic would come out with new telescope pictures of space I would always cut out pictures and tape them all over the room. Around the same time we were working on music for a play by August Strindberg called Ghost Sonata. With all that mixed in, one day I was at my former job in the bathroom and it just came into my head. I wasn’t even thinking about the band—it just came to me. So I ran back out of my bathroom stall and told my coworkers and they thought it was awesome. There is a guy at work who I would always bounce things off of. He’s an older gentleman who grew up in the 60s and he would tell me if something was stupid, and he thought it was pretty awesome. So I was like, “This is banging, let’s stick with this.” It was an astrological dumping in my mind.
AD: When did you guys form this duo?
GO: We’ve been together officially for three years. July 4th was our first party.
AD: Is this your first professional music venture?
GO: I used to throw raves in the 90s. I took a break from that and started working on music and just continued, you know?
AD: You guys have exploded onto the scene. When did you know it had hit?
GO: I don’t know. We would get a little bit bigger crowd at each show and start to see fans come to our shows. It just kept growing show after show. We didn’t put too much thought into it and say, “Oh this is happening.” We just kept moving along.
AD: What about your day jobs?
GO: When our touring schedule and our band schedule were interfering too much with our jobs we just had to quit.
AD: You said the new Austin is rising out of the old Austin scene. Does this make it easier to get your new style out there?
GO: I wouldn’t say easy. I don’t think the critics really embraced it at first. They thought it was this or that and wanted to categorize it. People that actually go to shows and want to have a good time, they enjoyed it. From that perspective it was easier I guess. People were having fun. They still do. They show up and they know it is going to be a party from the time they get there until they leave. I think that is a good thing. You should go out and drink and sweat and go home tired.
AD: What do you think about Austin being the “Live Music Capital of the World?”
GO: It really is. We play every city in the area and it’s very hard to go to a city and see numerous genres of music playing at different clubs every night of the week. Even really big cities don’t have that.
AD: What makes this town special to you?
GO: It’s just our home. It just feels good here. Austin has a really good feeling. Our families are here. It has good food. It is home.
AD: What do you miss about it when you’re on the road?
GO: I mostly miss my family.
AD: You guys just did an Austin City Limits taping. What was that experience like?
GO: It was really nice. They treated us well and the staff was really good and they made us comfortable. And our fans were there. It was a really intimate setting. It was a good time—I really enjoyed it.
AD: What do you think about the Austin City Limits Festival this year?
GO: I think it will be great. We are playing on the AT&T stage at night. We get to bring our lasers. It should be fun.
AD: What year is this for you?
GO: This will be our second year.
AD: What’s next for you guys?
GO: We have a bunch of festivals during the fall and we are just going to do our very best in the festivals and other cities.
AD: What wisdom would you offer musicians reading this?
GO: Try to be different. For someone who is trying to do music or art or anything creatively, just try to be different. There are so many things out there that are the same. Try and stand out. When you stand out you have the opportunity to be noticed.