“We are GHOSTS OF SUNSET. A rock n roll band based out of Michigan and Florida. We have deep roots in the 1980s hard rock/”hair metal” scene, but our influences run much deeper than that”.

How did you all meet?

“Myself (John Merchant) and Todd Long met in high school. We’ve written, recorded, performed, and toured together on and off (mostly on) over the last 30 years”.

Who were your musical influences growing up?

“My biggest influences came from early country music like Waylon, Willie, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, etc… the Beatles were my introduction into rock n roll”.

What made you want to be in a band?

“The Beatles (and actually the Monkees). When I first saw 4-5 people who were collaborating in a band, the idea of sharing that experience and the idea of “one for all, all for one” really appealed to me. A place to belong”.

What has been your best gig?

“Each one, no matter what happens always has good in it. It’s all I ever dreamed about. When I was asking God, I never clarified “good or bad” I just asked to “play music for people”. I got that”.

Can you tell us a bit about your music?

“The latest single is “No Saints in the City”, it’s also the title track. To our up-coming full-length release on Golden Robot Records. It’s a guitar-driven rocker with pop hooks and a big chorus. It takes the dark subject matter of surviving the urban jungle while trying to find your place in the world”.

Can you describe your music in 3 words?

“Rock, And, Roll”

What makes your band stand out from others?

“I like to think it’s the songs. We’re always here to serve the song and develop stories and characters that avoid cliché while remaining universal”.

What are your plans for the rest of 2020?

“Keep pushing this single and a second one to be released just ahead of the album. Negotiating some limited live engagements. We just want to connect with our people. People who love this style of music”.

If your band had to be remembered for one thing apart from your music what would you want it to be?

“That we love it. We simply love music”.

Any gig’s coming up?

“Still in the works but we’re working hard on it. Logistics can be a nightmare. Hang tight everyone”.

By Siân Parker