Gun Street Ghost is an alternative folk band with a country twist that’s fresh in the Denver scene. Their new EP One Home, which released Aug. 17, is a 5-track album that captures the group’s indie folk essence.
The band got its start Summers 2010 after vocalist and guitarist Mike Perfetti began working on tunes in his bedroom following the breakup of his band, Johnny Knows Karate.
After a few shows, friendships, and a “whole lot of Miller High Life,” Gun Street Ghost became what it is today.
“I guess what sets us apart, if that’s even possible, is that we’d fit in with a few different genre of music,” Perfetti said.
Gun Street Ghost has the perfect sound for music lovers looking for something groovy to play while studying, commuting or just kicking back.
One Home is a short listen, clocking in at 24 minutes, but it’s totally worth the money to have something local and refreshing on your mp3 player, though you may have trouble deciding what genre to categorize it under.
“What genre are we? I know it’s sort of roots/country based, but there are elements of folk and rock in these songs,” Perfetti said.
“I guess what I like most about this music is that we’ve put our own little twist on a genre and style that we all really love but didn’t make it weird or inaccessible. It wasn’t on purpose either. It’s just how these songs came out after what these wonderful people contributed to them. These songs come from the heart and they, for the most part, are about real events and real people. Songs about life.”
Some tracks to pay close attention to are “I Never Learned Karate,” which has some humorous lyrics and funky beats, and the final, title track, where Gun Street Ghost get a little personal and finish with a sound sample that allows the listeners to hear the band laugh and get a little goofy.
Gun Street Ghost are not show stoppers by any means, but they are a band that are clearly in tune with the music they are creating and want fans to have a good listen. They are definitely worth checking out for anyone into alternative folk with an interesting country feel.
“After [the Sept. 16 show] we plan on heading back to the studio this winter to record another EP or maybe a full length, but that’s up to the band to decide, after all, it is a democracy,” Perfetti said. “Meanwhile, we’re probably gonna drink and play music!”