KEEPING UP WITH THE GHOSTS OF POMPEII

28 May

Ghosts Of Pompeii, the creation of keyboardist Joseph Shingler, is an ever changing work-in-progress . A tonal experiment in melody, harmony, nature, and rhythm, cross-pollinating and fusing genres to create a distinctive style apart from others in the progressive rock field.
The music is firmly in the old school progressive rock genre with elements of jazz-fusion, avant-garde, aggressive electronics, and filmscore.

Why this name?

In the 70s’ I was keyboardist for the theatrical Indiana Prog/Rock group ‘Vesuvius’ – and as we know the city of Pompeii was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius – leaving me one of the Ghosts Of Pompeii.

Do you play live?

I am presently recording out of my home based studio, Carfax Abbey Studio, and do not forsee any touring or live performances in the near future. Although in recent years I have co-produced and appeared on a pair of projects for local independent artists, "Larson" and Candice Benjamin.

How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry?

It has expanded the world for the independent musician. With a few keystrokes a person across the globe can experience the music of ‘Ghosts Of Pompeii’.

Would you sign a record contract with a major label?

Absolutely – although I’d prefer the freedom of an Independent Label.

Band History:

Ghosts Of Pompeii is the creation of keyboardist Joseph Shingler.
In the late 70’s I manned the keys for the theatrical
Indiana
prog/rock group Vesuvius – an adventurous blend of progressive schizoid-art/rock, bizarre visuals, and pyrotechnics. Leaving behind a legacy of several over the edge concert performances, a small but loyal cult following, and the distinction of being the only group from Northwest Indiana to appear on the radio sponsored WKQX Hometown Album – a compilation of local talent from the Chicagoland area.
Throughout the next two decades I re-channeled my creativity to pursue a career as a free-lance writer, publishing over 40 articles and 4 short stories.
Ghosts Of Pompeii marked my return to the music scene after a twenty year self-imposed exile.
Between 1998 and 2005 I’ve produced eight CDs, a variety of compilation discs, and collaborated with several local musicians, adding a touch of Ghosts to their compositions.
In 2003, Ghosts Of Pompeii appeared on the Progressive Music Society compilation disc "Portals II" and the P.E. compilation "EarSongs 3".
I am one of the founding members of The Progressive Composers Group which will be releasing the first in a series of "Workshop" compilations, featuring new and established independent artists.

Your influences?

Influences are the pioneers of progressive rock: YES, ELP, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Genesis – as well as the more obscure groups as Eloy, Ozric Tentacles, Univers Zero, Devil Doll, and film composer Bernard Herrmann.

Favorite spot?

Whitechapel England during the reign of Jack The Ripper.

 

 

SOME SONGS OF THE GHOSTS OF POMPEII (by Joseph Shingler)

 

BORGO PASS

(previously unreleased)

With horses racing at full gallop, guided by a chaperone of snarling wolves, a driverless carriage ascends the rocky terrain of Borgo Pass to the foreboding gates of Castle Dracula, where a fate worse than death awaits the passenger.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134580

 

A BLOOD STAINED KISS

(previously unreleased)

Inspired by the erotic sexuality of vampirism, and the romantic and terrifying notion of losing one’s self and soul to a fatal kiss.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134612    

 

A GIRL AND A GHOUL – DINNER FOR ONE

(previously unreleased)

A playful homage to George Romero, the director/chef who served up the human race as a main course to a zombie horde.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134546

 

VIRGIN SACRIFICE

(Album: From The Ashes Of Vesuvius)

On an uncharted island forgotten by time and unmarred by the hand of modern civilized man, a native girl peers into the gaping mouth of a volcanic crater, awaiting her part in an ancient Pagan ritual.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134196

 

KALIEDOSCOPE

(Album: From The Ashes Of Vesuvius)

A musical mosaic of changing colors, moods, and tempos.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134104 

 

THESE CLOWNS CAME TO KILL

(Album: A Voyage Beyond The Looking Glass)

A rockin’ kudos to the Chiodo Brothers campy cult classic “Killer Klowns From Outer Space”.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134077

 

WHEN SOULS ENTWINE

(Album: In These Quiet Moments After Midnight)

Inspired by the sonic textures of Vangelis’ “Blade Runner” filmscore, “When Souls Entwine” is a melodic marriage of fretless bass and soulful sax, weaving a tale of love eternal.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134063

 

TEMPLE OF HATSHEPSUT

(Album: A Fistful Of Smoke And A Pocketful Of Promises)

A cursed team of archeologists fall victim to evil incarnate after desecrating the tomb of an ancient Egyptian Queen. King Crimson meets King Tut.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134040

 

WHISPERS OF AUTUMN

(Album: A Voyage Beyond The Looking Glass)

A solitary introspective piece reflecting the short-lived beauty of the changing season which heralds the stark barren months to follow, before the cycle of live begins anew.

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=1134026

 

MIDNIGHT CARROUSEL

(Album: A Fistful Of Smoke And A Pocketful Of Promises)

Carnival Prog for the criminaly insane. Inspired by the Chales L. Grant novel "The Black Carrousel" – a hellspawn carnival ride.

 
 
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One Response to “KEEPING UP WITH THE GHOSTS OF POMPEII”

  1. ♥ Bekkie May 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm #

    I feel silly, I guess this wasn\’t your music but you still used to play. Am I understanding it correctly? Duh….I guess it\’s just early and I had a late night last night. Plus getting those papers done for the rent board! Wish me luck hon! ❤

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