“The true tequila-guzzlin’ sounds of Texxxas!” – Razorcake Magazine
Ghoultown have been described as “If Rob Zombie and Johnny Cash were tossed into a meat packer, Ghoultown is what would come out the other side”. They are a horror punk meets gothabilly meets Spaghetti Western band from Texas, formed in 1998 by frontman Count Lyle (a.k.a. Lyle Blackburn). Since then, the band has released eight albums, two DVDs, toured extensively in both the U.S. and Europe, appeared on several horror movie soundtracks, and was featured on the syndicated television show, Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Ghoultown recorded its first 3-song EP in October 1999 – Boots of Hell. The tradition of ‘Weird West’ -merging western themes with horror and sci-fi- goes back to the 1960s, but Ghoultown are probably the best known musical example of this tradition.
The band are inspired by a wide range of music such as rockabilly, western ballads, goth, punk and metal. Their unique sound resulted in their being featured on compilation albums from New York’s Skully Records. A year later, the band debuted their first full-length disc, Tales from the Dead West, followed by Give ‘Em More Rope and also signed a licensing deal with Netherlands-based Corazong Records to release the Ghoultown catalog in Europe and Canada. The venues they’ve played range from legendary rock club CBGB, to Dragon Con – one of the largest fantasy and sci-fi conventions in the world. The band’s artwork has also featured in RPG PC game Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
In 2002, several Ghoultown songs made the soundtrack of the slasher film, American Nightmare, starring Debbie Rochon (Tromeo & Juliet). As a testament to their memorable live show, the movie script was subsequently altered to include a Ghoultown performance cameo after the director witnessed the band live. Ghoultown’s signature tune “Killer In Texas” also made an appearance in a short film called Headcheese which was bundled with the movie Freak. Appropriately, Headcheese was filmed in the same location as Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Ghoultown has also contributed songs to other independent films such as Suburban Nightmare and Hallow’s End, and most recently Cannibal Flesh Riot, directed by Gris Grimly.
After signing with Zoviet Records in 2006, Ghoultown has gone on to release Bury Them Deep, Skeleton Cowboys, Life After Sundown, Mistress of the Dark and The Unforgotten: Rare & Un-Released.
This is just a very brief overview of the band. Find out more at their official website.
Check out a couple of their videos below.