Alt-pop act The Ghost Membership 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 reduce from The Ghost Membership. The synths surge, the bass is heavy, and the degrees are within the purple. It’s a blast, a pop music that’s meant for driving – be it the Jersey Turnpike or the Pacific Coast Freeway (assuming site visitors is nice.) It’s a celebration of a particular second, of being too younger to be previous, of being too skilled to be harmless. “Child, your time is simply all I want,” sings Domenic Dunegan, the mastermind behind The Ghost Membership. “We’re gettin’ out ceaselessly if we by no means let go / Don’t actually know who we have been earlier than / I stated, ‘All I do know for positive is that we simply ain’t children anymore.’”
Accompanying this observe is a brand new animated video (visuals for “See Under” and “Similar Graves” have been additionally animated.) “Music at the moment is simply as visible as it’s auditory, and being unsigned could make it a bit troublesome to maintain bills down,” Domenic tells HollywoodLife. “I’d like to make elaborate movies however I don’t have the finances to make one thing that I really feel would assist the music and animation has allowed concepts to be executed that I wouldn’t have the ability to do in any other case.”
Through the chat with HL, Domenic shared how Bruce Springsteen influenced this new musical venture (“I wished these songs to principally be imagined as me making an attempt to write down “Dancing within the Darkish” in a contemporary context”), the origin behind The Ghost Membership’s title, and what followers can count on from the Membership earlier than 2021 involves an in depth.
HollywoodLife: The Ghost Membership is such a placing title that there have to be some story behind how this moniker got here to be. What led you to christen this venture so?
The title truly comes from a bit little bit of pettiness on my finish. After I first began making an attempt to do music, I initially wished to have or not it’s a full band, and a whole lot of musicians I knew on the time would at all times kinda say, “oh yeah, let’s get collectively someday 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 title of the one to “The Useless Membership” however I assumed it sounded too morbid and imply so I modified it to “The Ghost Membership.” After I did that, somebody within the group chat truly ended up responding and advisable I exploit that because the title. It’s caught ever since.
How did the animated video come to be?
Music at the moment 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 finances to make one thing that I really feel would assist the music and animation has allowed concepts to be executed that I wouldn’t have the ability to do in any other case. Like yeah, animation isn’t low cost, however I couldn’t have executed the “Similar Graves” video some other approach. Whereas wanting, I went via Instagram and went via the #animator hashtag till I discovered the precise individual for the job.
The music hits the “punk” and “new wave” elements of my mind with a spiked leather-based boot – and that’s unbelievable. What led you to decide on this sound in 2021 versus pop or hip-hop? Did you locate a treasure trove of Rezillos/Stranglers information as a youth?
Discovering the route that I’ve wished to take was an enormous battle for me. After 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 essential if I wished to pursue music in at the moment’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. After I was speaking to my producer earlier than creating these songs, I instructed him that I wished these songs to principally be imagined as me making an attempt to write down “Dancing within the Darkish” 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 simply ain’t children anymore.” What was the newest time while you felt similar to that – such as you weren’t a child/as younger anymore?
That line can just about sum up the whole thing of 2020 for me. I went into 2020 with my head within the clouds and was making ready for dwell reveals simply to have the curtains dropped like each different musician on the earth. I watched a whole lot of pals 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. Lots of concern 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 appear like there’s hope, and I’m hoping I don’t look again on this the identical approach I’m final yr. Early expectations final yr have been that it will final till July, so who is aware of when it would finish, possibly tomorrow, possibly two years from now.
What does the remainder of 2021 maintain for The Ghost Membership?
I don’t know if there’s a better energy on the market, whether or not it’s God, the flying spaghetti monster, the individual 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 (underneath protected circumstances, in fact). I’ll proceed to create it doesn’t matter what, however except some reveals begin occurring, I’m gonna be headed into “The Shining” territory quickly. All work and no reveals makes Jack a uninteresting boy.
“All I Know” is out now.