Local Band Alert: A Ghost For All Seasons

Local Band Alert: ThisisReno takes a closer look at local bands in this series of 5-minute interviews. This week we chat with A Ghost For All Seasons.

A Ghost For All Seasons is an American five-piece metalcore band from Reno. The band formed in 2017 and includes vocalist Mark Craig, guitarists Daniel Wiltermood and Cameron Fortmann, bassist John Martensen, and drummer Daniel Keller.

They released their first single “Avarice” on Feb. 11, 2018 to the masses across multiple streaming platforms including: Spotify, Soundcloud, ReverbNation and YouTube. The single is also available for digital download on Google Play Music, Amazon Mp3, iTunes, Apple Music, and CDBaby.

The guys are currently taking a short hiatus to write some new material and preparing for some upcoming shows.

Recently I spoke to the band’s vocalist Mark Craig about the band in an online interview. Here’s what he had to say:

ThisisReno: Who came up with the band name and logo?

Mark Craig: I actually came up with the band name. The concept that came to mind was, “what can I name our band that represents us and where we come from?” So, I thought, we are a bunch of nobodies trying to become something more, from a town that has four seasons. We’re essentially, as a whole, a ghost so to speak. Therefore, A Ghost For All Seasons became sort of a metaphor that described who we were and where we’re from, and stuck. As for the logo, I created the logo after countless attempts at designing something that I liked and that the band would like too. I finally stumbled upon a small error I had made when designing and looked closer into it and there was the logo right in front of me. Some of the best things in life can be seen right in front of you.

TIR: How would you describe your sound and style?

Craig: I would describe our sound and style primarily as a metalcore hybrid. We have a strong metalcore sound, with elements ranging from an ‘80s hair metal sound to our modern day post-hardcore genre. We are experimenting at the moment with incorporating Djent and progressive traits. Not decided on as of yet.

TIR: What bands are you influenced by?

Craig: As a band I might say we are ALL influenced, whether slightly or heavily, by Parkway Drive. Separately, as a band we are influenced by acts such as Miss May I, As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire, Asking Alexandria, Veil of Maya, Wage War, Erra, Bullet For My Valentine, Iron Maiden, and Killswitch Engage.

TIR: How long does it take you to write a song, on average?

Craig: It all really depends. I mean, surely anyone can bust out something to kick their feet to or bang their heads to in a matter of a few hours if they wanted. We usually take a good 3-4 entire practices to put something we can actually enjoy together. From that point, if we’re not into it, we scratch or tweak it. If we are feeling it flow nicely, we then go on to rehearse it for about another 3-4 practices until we have it tight and have all the kinks worked out.

TIR: What do you think about the Reno music scene?

Craig: I really feel that it has significantly improved over the past few years. I have seen a good amount of talented acts rise from the depths recently, and I feel that although Reno may have not been the place once upon a time for metal music, it is beginning to grow into something much more exciting and I have no doubt that it’s going to stop now or anytime soon. Finally, Reno fans are die-hard fans. They stick by your side and they give it all they’ve got. That is truly the reason in my opinion why our local music scene is alive and kicking. Without them, the talent would have no inspiration behind it. A seat cannot stand without its legs and support. It will fall.

There you have it from one of Reno’s newest metal bands, be sure to check them out the next time they play. To learn more about this awesome band or to find out where they are playing next, go to https://www.reverbnation.com/aghostforallseasons or on Facebook or email at [email protected]

Always remember to support your local bands and venues … Go to a Show!

John Tuckness
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John Tuckness has been photographing rock concerts in the Reno/Sparks/Tahoe area and as far as Northern California since 2004. He tries to attend as many shows as he can. John knew he wanted to be a concert photographer when he went to his first concert, Kiss and Montrose way back in 1976. He saw three guys shooting the show and thought to himself, "that's what I want to do." After many years of undercover work (sneaking his camera into venues), he finally got noticed and started getting photo passes through PR people and the bands. John has had many of his photos published in newspapers, websites and band autobiographies.