First it was: Blvck. Stamps. Bunz. Jones. Granite. D.
This time it's: Stamps. Bunz. Ace One. Blu Bambu.
Yes, the Ghost Gun Summer tour is shedding its skin again, like a self-aware snake that loves hip-hop. This tour will leave a few members behind, and add a few more for a tour that kicks off tonight at The Hi-Fi. NUVO cover guy Ace One joins the pack; same with synth experimenters Blu Bambu. John Stamps (who slayed his verse in "Bill Murray" at the Digital Dots, Sirius Blvck, Oreo Jones, Vacation club show this weekend) and Freddie Bunz (who booked the last full tour) remain from the original tour lineup. Sirius, Grey and Jones will stay in Indy this time, but fingers crossed they'll venture out together soon.
I spoke with the brothers Ghost Gun after their tour wrapped up at the Mousetrap last fall. Here's some of the best bits from our conversations that evening:
"The best part was going to the places that we were familiar with from last time. The amount of people that we know from last time that we met, and people that came back, the amount of people that we gained and that followed each and every one of us [was amazing]. They knew about it and then all of a sudden they're back. We're making better connections than last time. ... The dude that originally threw the show in St. Pete was from Indianapolis. They really blew it out. It was cool, because everybody that played there was similar to us. It seemed really right. ... We thought there would be maybe 20 people there because it was on a Monday, and it ended up being our best show. It was packed. Everybody did great, and we made connections. We stayed in this warehouse/artist space thing. That's going to be a major part of anything else we do.
"We're going to make the majority of everything in Florida. Florida turns out the most. It's mostly punk territory, but I think we mix well with that. That's one thing I learned, that all these promoters always want to put us with other hip-hop. But the only time that really worked was in St. Pete. We do better with bands."
- Freddie Bunz
"[The best show] was Panama City, because KNAG$ was there. He was there, and we weren't with Lex yet, so he DJ'd for us and then did his own set and stuff. It was really cool. That was an awesome coincidence. St. Pete was fat. We stayed in an art gallery that night. It was dope. Or Knobby's, where we slept on pool tables. That shit was gnarly.
"When we came back from tour, I checked Soundcloud and I had 1500 views on there in the last week. ... Usually if I have 300 plays in the last 7 days, I'm like, that's awesome. But I couldn't believe it. That was really big for me. It really showed that going on tour is worth it. Whether it's people on the road listening, or people back home hearing that we're going on the road listening, people are listening. That really showed it. I didn't really understand the complexity of it until I saw that. I was like, 'Holy shit, we were gone for a week and that happened.'
- John Stamps
Tonight's show features Stamps and Bunz, plus Oreo Jones, Grey Granite, Dirtbike, Blu Bambu and Stakzilla. It kicks off at 9 p.m. and costs $5.
Their tour schedule:
JAN 07 HIFI INDIANAPOLIS, IN
JAN 08 SOUL BAR AUGUSTA, GA
JAN 09 KNOBBY'S ST AUGUSTINE, FL
JAN 10 THE MARKET TAMPA, FL
JAN 11 THE NINE TEN ST PETERSBURG, FL
JAN 12 C LEVEL PANAMA CITY BCH, FL
JAN 13 A&M THEATER PANAMA CITY, FL
JAN 14 HANDLEBAR PENSACOLA, FL
JAN 15 HONEST PINT CHATTANOOGA, TN
JAN 16 BUSTERS LEXINGTON, KY
JAN 17 ROOT CELLAR BLOOMINGTON, IN
And last but certainly not least (perhaps most, actually) a playlist that Taylor Peters at MFT put together for tonight's show is below: