Ghosts Like Us is a five piece alternative band based in Portland Oregon combining wide ranging soulful vocals with organ and guitar riffs. The group was co-founded by song writing duo Matthew Gailey and Peter Lance after collaborating on Matthew's 2013 solo debut EP Beast in Babylon. Willamette Week describes Ghosts Like Us as "Indie rock bending around a retro sound..." and Pink Martini's China Forbes has this to say of the band's front man, Matthew Gailey: "I was blown away by Matthew's voice the minute he started to sing. He has an effortless sound!"
Gailey, a singer with a gospel, jazz and rock background, has shared the stage with a number of Portland musicians and bands including the Portland Cello Project in a concert version of Radiohead's OK Computer at the Aladdin and has opened for Pink Martini's China Forbes for NW Film Center's annual gala.
Although still fairly new to Portland's music scene, Ghosts Like Us has been featured at local events including BMW Motorfest Northwest's annual vintage car festival and benefit for the Oregon Food Bank, Portland Monthly Magazine's "Light a Fire" awards dinner at the Portland Art Museum and a community event for Weiden Kennedy Center. The group can also be found playing their favorite local haunts including The White Eagle, Alberta Street Pub and The Secret Society.
- Matthew Gailey - lead vocals, melodica, synth, electric guitar
- Peter Lance - electric & acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Charles Neal - drums
- Sam Hallam - bass
- Jeff Simonson - organ and keys
I have been surrounded by music since I was very young. Taking naps underneath the baby grand while my dad was playing Chopin, I fell in love with the haunting melodies and heady themes. My first song I "wrote" was named, "the sad version". I was 5.
Finally I grew tall enough to thumb through dad's records and was immediately taken by Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, Cream, Ohio Players... I felt like I was in "The Jerk" and had just discovered my sound.
Since then, I just get the greatest joy exploring new music, new artists, tasty new grooves and now... I just want to sing and play music. Always.