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Coachella 2009 30/30 Initiative: Ghostland Observatory

Posted by Amoebite, April 6, 2009 10:23pm | Post a Comment
127 Bands, 5 Stages, 3 Days and 1 Mean Sunburn.

"Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - April 17-19th, 2009 or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Find 30 Reasons To Love a Weekend in the Desert."

- By Scott Butterworth


Coachella Lineup   Ghostland Observatory

Day #21 - Artist #21 - Ghostland Observatory:

Ghostland Observatory

At first listen you might think Ghostland Observatory were sharing drinks with The Rapture in dingy downtown NYC bars long before anyone cared about either band. But nope, Ghostland Observatory are not from the scene that gave us the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, LCD Soundsystem, The Strokes, etc. The duo are from the land that most recently brought us Jessica Simpson and George W. Bush. That's right...Texas. While they now make their homebase in Austin (the "Berkeley" of red-state America), these aren't big city hipsters moving to Austin to get a different "vibe." They're country boys at heart, frequently returning to the farms they grew up on in small-town San Saba, Texas.

The duo first formed in 2Ghostland Observatory004 and five years and three albums later they still can't be pegged to one genre of music. A blogger I ran across online recently described the band this way:  "They killed at Austin City Limits (2007), and their new record (Robotique Majestique, 2008) is like Air meets The Killers with a dollup of NIN." Hmm...kinda makes sense...but to me it sounds more like Queen meets Judas Priest in a 1970's NYC disco. The band describes themselves on their myspace page as  sounding like "a robot making love to a tree!!" This is all forming such a clear picture, right?

Since 2006, Ghostland Observatory have won fans over with their ambitious live show at virtually every prestigous festival across the country, including Austin City Limits, Voodoo (New Orleans), Lollopalooza (Chicago), Vegoose (Las Vegas), Sasquatch (Washington) and Monolith (Colorado). It makes sense that they are finally arriving at Coachella, the granddaddy of American festivals, on Friday April 17, 2009. My guess is that they are bringing their intense laser-light show to a primetime slot on one of the smaller "tent" stages, an environment they thrive in. Radiohead and the USC marching band better not quit their day jobs. They might have some competition with this one...

"The Band Marches On" from the album Robotique Majestique (2008):


"No Place For Me" from the album Robotique Majestique (2008):


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