Ghostland Observatory, from HRC’s hometown of Austin, TX, have succeeded in carving out their own little distinct space in today’s current music landscape. The duo’s music might best be described as electro funk rock, echoing their self proclaimed disparate influences- Daft Punk, Bowie, The Clash, Prince, and The Animals. The frontman/guitarist/dancer Aaron Behrens and drummer/keyboardist/producer Thomas Turner have formed a collaboration that goes beyond expectations for the noise that two people can make- think Daft Punk meets the White Stripes.
The band is know for putting on great shows- and their high energy is mandatory when they rarely go on stage before midnight. Behrens vocal pitch rivals Nathan Willett’s of Cold War Kids and Behren’s idol, Freddie Mercury, and he strikes fierce poses as he dances around the stage with his typical aviator glasses and Indian braids. Turner wears a blue cape and never speaks, moving seamlessly from pummeling on the keyboards to wailing on the drums.
This performance of Ghostland broke none of the above expectations. There was a what seemed like more killer than normal laser lights show, and several new songs were played off of their upcoming third album, Robotique Majestique, to be released in February.
Youtube from their Austin City Limits performance (Sad, Sad City)
Brief Youtube clip from this show via someones phone- they didn’t allow in cameras…