Ghost Deserters

Ghost Deserters

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You pull up outside the darkest bar in the county, aiming to end the night face-down in the gravel out back. As you and Jack Daniels get comfortable, the best-looking girl in the bar drops a rockabilly platter on the jukebox and asks you to dance. You’re dancing to the Ghost Deserters.

Biography

Originally formed in early 2006, a mere two weeks before their first performance, the Ghost Deserters have continued to gain momentum and explore their unique sound.
Composed of six very talented individuals with varying musical backgrounds, many of whom are classically trained, the band constantly pushes the limits of the Swing-Rock category to which their music ostensibly belongs. The Ghost Deserters' distinctly grassroots sound is aided by electric stand-up bass, classic keyboard and guitar tones, a revolving door of unusual instruments, and a female backing vocal section. An amalgam of several past bands, they distill reggae backbeats, rockabilly drive/energy and folk lyricism into delectable moonshine.

The band originated with the partnership of recording engineer and producer Mike Rocha (stand-up bass), and Mike Chomez (guitar, vocals), collaborators since grunge cover bands were a musical pre-requisite. As the primary writers for the band, they brought together Roach’s background in funk and rock, and Chomez’s roots in old-school reggae and ska, and they began to create the Ghost Deserters' voodoo magic in their first track, “Footsteps”. Now all that remained was to find other musicians who could bring their own talent and experience to the creative process, and find them they did. Enter drummer Alan White, whose extensive musical experience tends towards funk and soul, and keyboardist The Infamous Bajcar, whose ability to fit a Mario Brothers pop culture medley into the same musical sentence as Mozart keeps both audiences and the rest of the band on their toes. Rounding out the vocal performance are the two female backup singers: Queenly Lee, a classically trained operatic voice, and Leah Erbe, a talented songwriter and lyricist whose ability to keep the band on track is as impressive as her vocal talent.

The Ghost Deserters have performed at some of Toronto’s top venues, including Clinton’s Tavern, the El Mocambo, and the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. They released their self-titled EP in September 2006, and are currently hard at work recording a full-length album of original tracks at their private studio and production facility in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Lyrics

Stay Back

Written By: M. Chomez/ M. Rocha

All the deserters have parted ways and are going home
The long-lost battle is worth nothing no more
They stay back, stay back, stay back, stay back although they are
needed
If they're caught we'll chop off their heads
If properly grown, planted and sown
The valley will blossom all the way back home
And say that they've been long dead

Look how it's precipitating
The bullets rain on down below (umbrellas won't help us now)
Watch out, watch out, watch out, watch out for the deserting soldier
Washed away by the flooding of the day (the floods came down, the
floods came down)
It started in pain, they fight to regain what they needed
And now nothing is needed no more

Where have they gone, those deserters?
Break down the levies keeping enemies at bay
Where oh where have they gone, those deserters?
I hope they'll fight another day
At least that's what I pray

We're gonna pack up, gonna wrap it up
The deserters just got too damn fed up
With the lying and the trying
Can't make us go back, we're too young for dying
It's our philosophy against hypocrisy
Don't make us an effigy 'cause we're too alive for a eulogy
At least that's what we pray

Violin

Written By: M. Chomez / M. Rocha

Down South, time's at a standstill
All Sunday walled in a eulogy
Congregation standing hunched over
But the ghosts dance frantically

Still no sign of the violin
Just the cold air and the silence that it brings
Still no sign of the violin
Just the cold air and the silence that it brings

Bloody women, bumping and grinding
Up above the fog is thickening
No one stirs amongst the grieving
Blank stares wait patiently, but still no

Still no sign of the violin
Just the cold air and the silence that it brings
Still no sign of the violin
Just the cold air and the silence that it brings

Life is lost, so give it up
Spirit's gone, it's had enough
Oh no, it wasn't his time I know
Oh no, should be my turn I know
Oh no, it's time to let it go

East Side of Babylon

Written By: M. Chomez / M. Rocha

Wake up in the morning, radio ablaze
It buys into the subconsciousness selling wishes as well as graves
But someday on the east side of Babylon
Someday on the east side of Babylon

Creatures of the night will cast their own spell
Break free of this living mess, anarchy at its best
But someday on the east side of Babylon
Someday on the east side of Babylon

Meeting place outside of this concrete shell
Throw away your technology, sound the clear notes of the bell
But someday on the east side of Babylon
Someday on the east side of Babylon

Electricity has made us blind
Creeping through the city, moving just like vines
Feeding all the greedy, but in time, if you
If you open up your
Everything will be easier
You've still got a chance to make things better
If you open up your eyes

Take this torch and run, light your neighbour's way
Spreading over the battlefield where the bright red eats the grey
Someday on the east side of Babylon
Someday on the east side of Babylon

Someday on the east side of Babylon
Someday on the east side of Babylon

Discography

Ghost Deserters EP

Set List

A typical set comprises twelve of our original songs and runs approximately 45 minutes.

Sample set list:
Cancer
Stay Back
Good Intentions
Violin
Without A Reason
Change
Little Friend
Howlin Man
Apparition
Burnin Roadhouse
Love in the Dark
East Side of Babylon