Austin, Texas based band The Ghost Wolves released their new music video for “All The Good’s Gone” from their new album TEXA$ PLATINUM. The Ghost Wolves band members are husband and wife Carley Wolf on vocals and guitar with husband Jonny on drums. The duo was formed in 2010 and has been making get strides on the music scene with their eclectic performances, relentless international touring, and collaborations on art and fashion.
TEXA$ PLATINUM was produced by Mike McCarthy at his private studio in Austin at the end of 2016. McCarthy has produced albums for artists like And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead…, Spoon, OBN III’s. The record was mastered by Howie Weinberg at his Los Angeles facility. Weinberg also mastered Nirvana’s Nevermind album, as well as records for the Beastie Boys, The Clash, White Stripes, U2 and many others.
Carley Wolf filled us in on the writing and recording for the new album, as well as influences and what’s fans can hear on the tour.
How long had you been working on the album and what was the writing process?
We recorded and mixed the album in five days, but the writing process took a year or more. We would write songs and then play them on tour, and as we played them they would evolve. They continue to evolve to this day.
Produced by Mike McCarthy at his private studio in Austin, describe the recording process and working with McCarthy.
McCarthy is an interesting guy and a wonderful engineer. He’s got an ear for old school rock and roll and a very no bull sh*t approach to making records. That really resonated with us. On top of all that, Mike is just really fun to hang out with, so we were comfortable and had a good time in the studio.
When collaborating on the music videos, is this a DIY process or do you work with a director?
A lot of our videos are just straight self-produced and edited by me. When working with other people, it’s always a cooperative effort. We have a lot of ideas and don’t like people telling us exactly what to do, but we welcome new ideas and approaches. We really love to work with people who have a strong personal style or aesthetic. Jacqueline Badeaux is a perfect example of this. She already has her own vibe, and it worked well with ours. We look at people such as her as a sort of lens that we can focus our own art through and achieve something we hadn’t thought possible before.
What musicians have made a major impact on your style of music?
Anyone from Wanda Jackson and Ronnie Dawson to RL Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. We both have more personal heroes like Johnny Falstaff, a rock-a-billy singer and guitar slinger, who I grew up playing with, and Johnny Vidacovich who Jonny studied drums with in New Orleans.
You’re heading out on tour as we speak starting here in the States and then heading to Europe starting in September. What can fans expect to hear?
A mixture of new and older songs from all of our releases. We change it up to keep it interesting for ourselves. They might even hear some acoustic gutbucket stuff, if they’re lucky. I will definitely have the ‘One String Wonder’ — my one string guitar in tow.
TEXA$ PLATINUM tracklist:
1. “Attitude Problem”
2. “Strychnine In My Lemonade”
3. “Whiney Neighbors (Yuppie Scum)”
4. “Crybabies Go Home”
5. “Whettin’ My Knife”
6. “Bunny Run”
7. “Hill Country Howl”
8. “All The Good’s Gone”
9. “Triple Full Moon”
10. “Journey On”
11. “Vroom Vroom”
12. “I Got Money”
14. “Shouldn’t Have Lied”
15. “Valley Of The Wolves”
Check them out HERE.