GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY FACTS:
Members: Aaron Kyle Behrens, Thomas Ross Turner
Genre: Electro, Rock, Funk, New Wave
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Albums: delete.delete.i.eat.meat (2005), Paparazzi Lightning (2006), Robotique Majestique (2008), Codename: Rondo (2010)
Other: Their national television debut was on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Austin, Texas, is widely considered to be a hotbed of new and unique music. So it is no surprise that Ghosland Observatory, an innovative band that combines electro, rock and funk, hails from the southwestern city. The group was formed in 2004 by members Aaron Kyle Behrens and Thomas Ross Turner, and have been turning heads with their one-of-a-kind sound.
With Behrens on lead vocals and guitar and Turner on drums and synthesizer, the group released their first album, delete.delete.i.eat.meat, in 2005. The album may have been popular among local fans, but it failed to gain any widespread notoriety.
Ghostland Observatory became increasingly well-known for their exciting lives shows, and appealed to a specific niche of music fans who appreciated their hard beats infused with elements of rock. They are also well-known for their extensive light shows that accompany their performances as well as the impromptu raves that are known to break out in the crowd. Behrens is typically considered a dynamic performer for his unmistakable stage presence and unique vocals.
Not too soon after their first project, Behrens and Turner released their second album, Paparazzi Lightning, in January 2006. The record features songs such as "Piano Man" and "Sad Sad City." While their first endeavor earned very little mainstream attention, Paparazzi Lighting began to gain traction with music critics across the country. Experts at Spin magazine gave the album a positive review.
Thanks to the critical success and growing popularity, Ghostland Observatory made their first public appearance on a 2007 episode of Late Night with Conan O'Brien. They also appeared on Austin City Limits later that year, in addition to filming a live DVD. On the heels of their breakout year in 2007, the Austin-American Statesman named them band of the year.
Riding that wave of popularity, Ghostland Observatory released their third album, Robotique Majestique, in March 2008. Although it failed to earn the significant critical praise of their previous album, it still made waves among their fans with songs like "The Band Marches On."
Their latest release, 2010's Codename: Rondo, continues their penchant for pushing the envelope. Early reviews have pegged it as an improvement on Robotique Majestique due to catchy tunes like "Glitter" and "Body Shop," and a sign that this up-and-coming band is headed in the right direction.