Ghost Island is John Romero, Roddy Nikpour, and Michael Azrac. Downer Shoegaze from Phoenix, Ariz.
It's been a really interesting experience kicking off a podcast as a "pandemic project" – rarely, if ever, sitting in the same room as co-hosts and almost never sharing a space with our guests. Despite the challenges of producing this show remotely, these conversations have remained engaging, enlightening, fun, and have quenched the thirst that is our curiosity for human beings.
In today's episode, we broke the mold a bit and invited the entire roster of Phoenix, Ariz. based "downer shoegaze" ensemble Ghost Island to join us in a discussion of Sigur Rós' 2002 LP "( )"
We hope you enjoy today's episode with our guests Roddy, John, and Michael of Ghost Island.
NOTE: In this episode, John (of Ghost Island) posits that Hammock brought a significant following to the project from previous projects which, as John suggests, were religious in nature. Hammock has disagreed with this assumption. Virgin Ears, at its core, is a project that seeks to highlight experiences from diverse and varied backgrounds. Virgin Ears values all opinions and perspectives as a means to kick off discussion and discourse and as such will not amend this episode to exclude this statement (00:18:48) and instead include this note.
Ghost Island is John Romero, Roddy Nikpour, and Michael Azrac.
Sigur Rós (Icelandic) translates to "Victory Rose"
Sigur Rós performing Untitled #8, the final track from ( ).
MUSIC & ART
Burn Girl Prom Queen by Mogwai, from their album "EP+6" released in 2001.
Andrew picked this one because he's basic and: desert.
KNOWLEDGE & MISC
Sigur Rós made a cameo in Season 4, Episode 2 of Game of Thrones, "The Lion and The Rose" – they were the minstrels at Geoffrey's wedding.
Michael builds guitar pedals, now you can too!