"BURY THEM DEEP", Ghoultown's fifth release, may prove to be their ultimate collection of songs. Having honed their unique twisted hellbilly style since their inception in 1999, the band has mastered the art of combining old west themes with blood-pumping cowpunk that features gritty vocals and mariachi trumpets. Yep, that's right, this band is one-of-a-kind! BURY THEM DEEP features "Walkin' Through the Desert (with a Crow)" which illustrates the band's mastery of upbeat western sounds along with a tuned-down, driving chorus. The rest of the CD hits equally as hard, displaying a unique songwriting vision and band image.
"Ghoultown is the latest (and probably most extreme) band to offer a perverse take on rock music's twisted roots."
- Dallas Morning News
"Texabilly debauchery at its darkest, drunkest, and most decadent."
"...an all-out battle cry for lost souls and visionaries alike!"
- Rue Morgue
"These guys stand alone with an innovative genre, ground that's not been covered in a long while by a band that has the skill to pull it off."
Five CD releases, horror movie cameos, soundtracks, short films, numerous compilations, DVDs, a video game and even a model kit.... Ghoultown's dark western dirges and unmistakable presence have kicked their way into every facet of entertainment culture.
"The true tequila-guzzlin' sounds of Texxxas!" exclaims Razorcake Magazine, which sums up the music and attitude behind the Texas-based band. Their unique heavy western sound has brought attention from both fans and press alike since their inception in 1999.
Formed in 1999 by vocalist/guitarist COUNT LYLE (Solitude Aeturnus, The Killcreeps), Ghoultown recorded its first 3-song EP in October of that same year. Titled BOOTS OF HELL, the EP illustrated the power of the band's Tex-Mex blend while garnering rabid reviews, a fanbase and independent radio airplay. With BOOTS OF HELL in circulation, the band's early buzz landed them several compilation appearances. The most notable being Skully Records' (NY) GOTHABILLY 2: ROCKIN' NECROPOLIS where they share the bill with some of the best gothabilly/psychobilly acts around the world. As a kick off, the band was invited to participate in the world-release show held at NY's infamous CBGB's on Halloween 2000.
In early 2001 Ghoultown released their full-length debut TALES FROM THE DEAD WEST. The album, produced by Kol Marshall (Mercyful Fate, etc.), captured the versatility and unique sound of the Texan quintet from the powerful "Killer in Texas" to the Doors-esque "Running From the Sun." "This album already has a place on my best of 2001 list," quoted a Harder Beat reviewer who reflected the positive response. Not only were ears turned, but eyes as well as the release pushed the band into new live show territory. With highlight performances such as an Atlanta show, which featured Jerry Only of the legendary Misfits as an onstage guest, Ghoultown has played with an amazing variety of bands such as Hank III, Rocket From the Crypt, Nekromantix, The Independents, DRI, Bile, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Flametrick Subs, Dick Dale, Road Kings, Men of Porn, Dixie Witch, Captured By Robots, Fear, Cruxshadows, The Misfits and many more.
By 2002 Ghoultown invaded the film world when four of their tunes were chosen for the soundtrack of the horror-slasher, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE, starring b-movie queen 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, and the video for their track "Killer In Texas" was included as a bonus on the DVD.
In the spring of 2002, not only did the band release their follow-up GIVE 'EM MORE ROPE, but Angry Planet Records signed an exclusive licensing deal with Netherlands-based Corazong Records to release a special version of Ghoultown's TALES FROM THE DEAD WEST in Europe and Canada. The Euro-Canadian release included tracks from their BOOTS OF HELL EP as well.
By late summer, Ghoultown hit the road for a 35 date U.S. tour which included performances at NY's CBGBs to The Garage in L.A. The tour climaxed with a performance at one of the world's largest annual entertainment media conventions, Dragon*Con in Atlanta, where the band has performed three times total.
Hitting 2003 Ghoultown's signature tune "Killer In Texas" made yet another appearance in a short film called HEADCHEESE which was released on DVD with a movie called FREAK. Appropriately, HEADCHEESE was filmed in the same location as TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE... house and all! Spending the first half of 2003 performing, the band toured the midwest and east coast, in addition to numerous Texas area shows. By the end of spring, Ghoultown completed work on songs for two upcoming Jon Keeyes films, SLICE OF LIFE and HALLOW'S END, the later in which a few members also make a brief cameo appearance.
In 2004 Ghoultown released a double disc set, LIVE FROM TEXAS!, which showcased their powerful live show on both CD and DVD. "Ghoultown puts the grit back into rock 'n' roll with a blazing hellfire vengeance!" said Horror Garage in praise of the release, which has garnered extremely positive feedback and become the best selling release to date. Also in 2004, the band managed to creep into the video game market where several of their actual gig posters can be seen in the award-winning VAMPIRE MASQUERADE: BLOODLINES PC game.
2006 brings us BURY THEM DEEP, Ghoultown's best release to date!