NO MOSHING: On the Road with Ghost King
Written and Photographed by Rick Perez
Carter, Jorge, Dan, and Christian
In my last two months in New York City, I was fortunate enough to accompany Brooklyn rock n’ roll dudes Ghost King during their mini tour of New England. They played in gritty basement venues that were well known to the DIY communities of each town. In attendance were eager college students in search of good times and cheap beer. It was an opportunity for them to get their music to a different crowd, a chance for me to shoot in a different place, and for all of us, an excuse to go on an adventure.
In the 6 years of living on New York City, I had never ventured this far north. Fitchburg is a college town close to the New Hampshire border among the gorgeous hills of Northern Massachusetts. The house, which everyone called Congress, was an incredible 3 story mansion, with the basement making it 4. Just under 100 people were at Congress, making it an ideal environment for the bands but not for the neighbors. The police were called twice, and the 2nd call had to cut Ghost King’s set short. It didn’t matter though, the kids danced throughout those few songs regardless. Afterwards, we explored the massive old house and partied with its inhabitants. I slept peacefully on an old mattress in the attic, awaiting the following day’s adventure.
New Paltz, New York
The members of Ghost King are very familiar with New Paltz; this is where ‘Melted Sky/Inside Out’ was mixed. We explored the town a bit and decided to play a game of pool, where I became obsessed with the light and shadows that were coming through the windows. Later that evening, we arrived at the venue called Mom’s. Mom’s is in the basement of another gigantic New England style home, situated on a busier street a few blocks from the main drag. This time Ghost King were able to pay their entire set, making their mark once again in New Paltz. We left shortly after the last band, and headed home back to Brooklyn.