7 questions with Jonah of Ghosts of Modern Man
by Chris Tessmer
With stints on the Vans Warped Tour, showcases on MuchMusicís Going Coastal and NXNE festival, locally-based Ghosts of Modern Man are getting set to play a free show at The Owl on October 16. The Carillonís Chris Tessmer had a chat with Ghosts frontman Jonah Krieser in regards to gigging, record deals and rock and roll music. Here is the conversation in Q&A form.
Chris: Ghosts of Modern Man are playing at The Owl on the 16th at a free concert with Fight the Monster. What can people expect at this show?
Jonah: People can expect pretty much what they have seen in the past shows. For people that havenít seen us before they will get really intense rock and roll. Music with out the frills or icing. Its straight up your ass rock and roll.
C: You havenít really played The Owl before. You have played to university students but not at The Owl. Will it be different as opposed to playing in front of a bunch of kids?
J: I canít really see why it would be different. The people who will be paying attention will either really love live music or have seen us before. So I canít really see it being much of a difference.
C:Your bandís live show is phenomenal and your guitar playing specifically is often described as fabulous. What do you guys set out to do when you hit the stage? Is it just something that just comes together or do you jam constantly?
J: We practice quite a bit. If we are in a practice mode we probably practice 5 days a week. With our live shows we just focus on playing the best that we can. We arenít much for jumping around and freaking out and putting on a really physical show for the kids. We are more focused on just making good rock and roll music the best way we know how.
C:What is coming up in the near future for Ghosts of Modern Man?
J: In the next week or so we are going to Calgary to pre-record half of the record that we will be putting out, hopefully, pretty soon. Just kind of pre-production stuff to kind of give us an idea of how it is going to come across on tape I guess. Weíve also been talking to some record labels so there is something lined up that way. Hopefully by early January things will be more in line in regards to a full length.
C: A few of the labels that have shown interest in your band are fairly large internationally. Is this pretty exciting for the band?
J: Yeah, this is really exciting for the band. How could it not be? It just sort of came out of the blue but at the same time we sort of feel that we have been doing this for a very long time so it would be nice to have some real support behind us and be able to really get out there and have lots of people listening to us.
C: Describe your song writing process.
J: I will usually just sit at home with my guitar and write riffs that I think could be turned into a good song. Then we sort of just jam out an idea and after a while it gets smudged into something that resembles a song and weíll pick at it for a couple of weeks to pick out the crap, so only the good stuff is left. Then we try to write lyrics over top of it all. Thatís pretty much it.Ē
C: Why should people come and check out Ghosts of Modern Man?
J: Besides the fact that it is free, they can expect really good music. If they come down they can expect to get their heads torn off.