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A Dirty Dozen with DOMENIC DUNEGAN from THE GHOST CLUB – November 2021

| 23 November 2021 | Reply

Photo credit: Alex Zarek

According to a recent press release: “The Ghost Club, the musical brainchild of singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Domenic Dunegan, delivers anthems that are as infectious as they are intriguing—just the kind of enigma alternative music needs. Newest output “I Feel Fine,” produced by Eric Palmquist [Bad Suns, Thrice, MUTEMATH], rides a funky bass groove to keyboard-lifted dancefloor ecstasy, with lyrics that cut deep. “I Feel Fine” follows The Ghost Club’s recent singles, the chantable “All I Know” and danceable “Nights Like These.” The Ghost Club conjoins dusky analog synths, arena-ready guitars, and energetic vocals in a pastiche of eras and styles spawned by the eighties and forged in the twenty-twenties. Dunegan first recognized the power of music in 2016 when his dad took the then film student to a Bruce Springsteen concert, and he left with his life changed. By 2018, Dunegan started writing and recording songs of his own and The Ghost Club was born. Throughout 2020 and 2021, he teamed up with Palmquist to create this new chapter of The Ghost Club’s story.” We get Domenic to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

In my new single “I Feel Fine,” if you listen hard enough and equal certain parts of it, you’ll actually hear a lot of synth stuff that originally was way more apparent in the mix.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

The moment that I knew I wanted to be a performer was right after I left a Bruce Springsteen concert. I had no idea what I was doing with my life up until that night, and it hit me like a train when I realized it.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

There’s a couple of albums that have guided me. A more recent one, that’s not Springsteen related, would be Vessel by Twenty One Pilots for sure. The fact that it jumps around genre wise so much has influenced me to stay true to what I’m feeling at the moment. That could be a weakness to have songs that are very distant genre wise, but I feel it’s the most accurate representation of myself, because I never find myself listening to just one type of song.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Definitely would want to work with Jack Antonoff. He’s a genius and has been responsible for so much great music.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I’m a huge pc gamer so that’s usually a lot of my free time right there. I also take care of 3 frogs which is a lot more of your time than you would expect. Love to rock climb too.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

For me, I’d say it’s like listening to a band slowly make its transition from indie pop to alt rock. The songs we have coming up are a lot more guitar heavy than everything else and throughout our releases you can hear things slowly get grittier over time.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Zack Leya, our guitarist, is 100% the cook. Dude cooks some mean meals. I’m the one who tends to drink a bit (these Irish genes are a curse). If Stephen Kraus (our drummer) is in the visual range of a guitar or banjo, he will immediately gravitate towards it.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Definitely when I actually met Bruce Springsteen. It’s probably the most embarrassing moment of my life because my voice cracked HEAVILY the second I opened my mouth.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

My favorite part about it is being able to see places I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Los Angeles probably would have been somewhere I went in my 70’s to cross off a bucket list if it weren’t for music. I don’t even have the closest clue of what my plan would be if I weren’t a musician. Anything else just seems like it would be me just working to survive.

10. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Definitely would’ve tried to be more active on social media throughout my time as a musician. I’ve always been very secretive and reclusive which kinda is the exact opposite of what you want to be as a musician.

11. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Born To Run by Springsteen, for sure. His first two albums did not sell and his entire career was dependent on that album being a smash hit (which it was). I feel like some of the best records were made when people have had their backs to the wall. That album has always been and will always be an album that I will strive to emulate.

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