Origin: Oakland, CA via Sweden
- EP “Golden Hour” released Jan 28,2014
- Official description “Ghost Town Jenny effortlessly blend lead singer Kim Kylland’s haunting and powerful voice with remarkable string arrangements and brooding ambient soundscapes to create their own unique genre of spooky, cinematic soul music”
1. What Bay Area city do you call home?
We currently call Oakland/ Berkeley home, though we all lived in SF for a few years before moving over to the east bay. We in Ghost Town Jenny are all transplants to the bay area…I grew up in Southern California & Southern Norway, Johan is from Jönköping Sweden, and Corey is from Michigan. We all moved here at different times in our lives, but we love it. It feels like home.
2. How long have you been a band for and where did you all basically meet?
Ghost Town Jenny started out as my solo project, and eventually turned into a full band when I began doing more complex arrangements in the studio and wanted to bring that to my live shows. I met Corey when we both worked at a classical music record store/cafe in Berkeley, and then I met Johan while I was attending school in Iceland. I feel so lucky to have found these dudes. Johan and Corey are extremely talented musicians who are not only able to understand and convey my musical ideas, but also take those ideas to another level.
3. Your favorite local venues to play?
We really love the Lost Church because of the intimate feeling one gets while seeing a live show there. Plus, the audiences tend to be so silent while the bands are playing, you could hear a pin drop. We also really love Viracocha because of it’s great sound and beautiful stage, not to mention it has the cleanest, nicest bathroom in all of San Francisco! Bottom of the Hill in SF is also a great place to play, as is Disco Volante in Oakland.
4. 5 places we may find you hanging out in your hometown?
We go running in Mountain View Cemetery quite often. It’s so peaceful, and it’s the perfect place to watch the sun set. From time to time we can also be found at Louie’s Diner in SF enjoying burgers and the incredible view of the sutro bath ruins & pacific ocean. Another favorite place of ours is The Thirsty Bear in SF where you can watch some incredible flamenco dancing. I also personally love Issues Magazine Shop off Piedmont avenue in Oakland. We all really like watching the Warriors play too, so Oracle Arena is another place we try to get to as often as we can.
5. What was the most f*cked up thing that ever happened to you at a gig?
Last year at a gig, right before our set was supposed to start, I was walking around in the hallways backstage at this venue when I came upon a dog who was sitting there just staring at me. I love animals, and can generally tell when they don’t want to be bothered, but I didn’t get that vibe from this dog. I reached my hand out to let him smell me, and he bit me. really hard. and drew blood. This happened less than 10 minutes before we were supposed to walk on stage, and it really rattled me. The show was good though, and I did not get rabies or anything, so it all worked out in the end.
6. 7 items we may find on your hospitality rider?
We don’t actually have a rider yet! It’s something we have been asked for by a few major festivals that we’ve played, and every time I think I have just asked for bottled water or hot tea. When I recently googled other band’s riders, I was shocked at how much stuff some bands actually ask for in the backstage area. I am happy if the backstage room has a mirror where I can fix my hair. Anything else the venue provides is just a super nice gesture in my opinion.
7. If you could put together your dream music festival what 8 bands would you book to play with you? (alive or deceased, active or inactive)
I think our dream festival line-up would include: Beethoven, Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, Frank Sinatra, The Dirty Projectors, Glen Campbell, RadioHead , & Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.
8. When not recording music, rehearsing, playing shows, etc, where does each band member work?
I teach music at a private school in San Francisco. Johan works at an Art Gallery in downtown San Francisco. Corey manages a cajun restaurant in Berkeley.
9. What else can we expect from the band in 2014?
We are debuting our first music video in late March! We shot it in some stunning locations, so I am extremely excited to share it with the world… Also, in late summer we will be touring Europe. We are hoping to do a few small tours in the US as well. We will also be recording (our debut) full length album this year. Our Facebook page is the best place to stay up to date with everything that we have going on, as I personally update it quite often 🙂