Hot water is not the best thing to order at a restaurant. Just ask Ghostmouth, formerly known as The Beggars. Then again, there is an interview that needs to be written…It shall have to wait for another time, I guess.
This four piece band has been rocking the stages of the Twin Cities and beyond as The Beggars for about a year now. Now, they are Ghostmouth, due to changes in the band. When asking Sean Chaucer, frontman for the group, about the name change, this is what he had to say: “We all got homes, so we can’t be The Beggars anymore.” Makes perfect sense to me.
Their music is very hard to put into words, as they fuse so many genres into their work. If you had to label it, they are probably best described as a ‘dance punk rock’ band, in that order. Their signature portable shows are what defines this group from the rest. Being the amazing band that they are, many artists like ‘The Flaming Lips’ and ‘Primus’ tend to forget that they need shows to play in order to make money. So, instead of just waiting for some band to tour with, they decided to buy portable, battery powered amps, megaphones for singing, and a mini drum kit to play their music outside the venues after these big named artists had finished. The show must go on, especially to get your name out there.
Ghostmouth’s next big show is this coming Saturday, the 29th, at Wild Tymes in St. Paul. This will be the debut of their new name as well as their new bass player, Zack Warpinski. As a new member, Zack is hoping to “take the band in a new direction.” Rightfully so. Donovan Seaberg (guitarist and backup vocals) and Shawn Mouacheupao (drums) are looking forward to this year. They hope to have their first album out in June, and I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to seeing how the band has evolved. Ghostmouth also wants to start a ‘musical takeover,’ or a summer tour for common minds. Obviously, as the band gets bigger, they will be playing venues more and more and lose their portable gigs, but fear not. “When we’re 128 years old, we would like to do it again,” says Sean. There is still hope for the future, after all. All kidding aside, they will never really lose sight of their humble portable beginnings, so even if the band gets big, they hope to do shows like that from time to time.
In a word, they are uncommon. They have something that most people don’t nowadays and that is good music. Kudos, Ghostmouth. I drink a glass of hot water to you. Good luck in the world.
Ghostmouth’s website. They have music, photos, and a whole new look: www.ghostmouth.com
The Beggars’ Youtube. They have videos of their portable shows and a webisode on Hipster Potter. He’s pretty obscure.
Ghostmouth’s Facebook page. Just in case you wanna be friends. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ghostmouth/177309352292214