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Mr. Sunshine Strikes Again, 2008



"Ghosts of Predators Past" is a concept, an idea to explain North American pronghorn evolution (commonly known as antelope). The idea is antelope run fast due to "ghosts of predators past." Today, even though the ancient predators of North America are extinct, the antelope breed as though the threat was still there.

Why name your band Ghosts of Predators Past? It is an indirect way to represent Wyoming, where two of the band members are from. Wyoming is also the subject of several songs, and home to a large antelope population.

Ghosts of Predators Past formed in 2006 when three students attending the University of Wyoming met. Two of them are Wyoming natives that grew up in small towns. They soon found a drummer from North Carolina who was living in Laramie. The trio decided to form a band in hopes of creating original rock music.

Ryan, Pete and Stephen (AKA Moe) all wanted to write music that was not constrained by conventional songwriting, but was still approachable, and even danceable. All three musicians have different musical influences and training and the result is full of original ideas that draw the listener in. On guitar Ryan Pendleton mixes jazz, blues and punk to come up with his own sonic language. Stephen Moe’s bass lines drip of funk but still have the down and dirty sensibility of rock and roll. Pete’s drumming moves you, bringing people to the dance floor.

By the summer of 2006 they were performing at house parties in Laramie and at benefit shows at the University of Wyoming. In the fall of 2006 they recorded their first demo, and started to play at several bars in Laramie, as well as in Fort Collins, CO. In the winter of 2006 Ghosts of Predators Past continued to play in new cities, including Denver and Aurora, CO. In the summer of 2007 they played at Mishawaka, an outdoor venue outside of Ft. Collins. Also by this time they had played in all the bars and coffee shops in Laramie that have live music. In the fall of 2007, Ghosts of Predators Past continued to play in Laramie, Ft. Collins, and Denver.

In the beginning of 2008 they went to Denver, and recorded their first independent album, Mr. Sunshine Strikes Again.

The band is currently playing shows in the Front Range area including Denver, Laramie, and Ft. Collins, and is planning to record a second album in 2009.