We are all ghosts.
As if you haven't guessed it, we are Roam Like Ghosts, and thank you for checking us out. This is now the part where we tell you little about us and what we are doing.
Roam Like Ghosts is the acoustic duo of singer/songwriter, Mathew Daugherty and guitarist/songwriter, Bucky Fairfax. Mathew resides in Reston, VA; Bucky in Cary, NC. The duo’s song writing process is a virtual experience, iterating through a geographic distance until songs are formed and the story is told. Despite the distance, the duo performs regionally between DC and North Carolina at a variety of cafes, bars, and breweries in what the band describes as intimate performances in settings conducive to their sound and mood.
Mathew started singing at an early age and started his first band with some high school friends in the 10th grade. Bucky grew up around musicians and started playing guitar at 13. His dad was a major early influence being an amateur bluegrass guitarist. Both grew up on and were influenced by classic rock, 70’s and 80’s metal, grunge and alternative rock of the 90’s, and current hard rock, alternative and acoustic rock.
The Ghosts were introduced in a previous life in 1993 through mutual friends in Richmond, VA when Bucky’s band was looking for a singer. After a few line-up and name changes, the band SEDAH was established and performed and recorded music from 1994-1998. Fast forward twenty years to 2017, after a handful of collaborations and a few bands later (notably for Daugherty - 3STARKARMA and The Unaccountables and notably for Fairfax - Radio Silent Auction, and Something for Now), the two musicians reunited in a musical fusion with a new acoustic sound and writing style more subtle in intensity and deep in reflection and reminiscence, more simplistic and refined, and with a softer edge from their formative years.
Roam Like Ghosts was formed from the writing and recording of their debut album, ‘Yesterday and the Day Before’. The band name comes from a Daugherty lyric in the haunting track "A Ballad of a Friend" and represents for the band a passage of time with connection to our past and future.
“Roam Like Ghosts is an innovative blend of roots-y sounds, put through a post-grunge alternative lens...Anchored by graceful guitar playing and augmented by introspective vocals, the music takes the listener on an emotional ride through the ebb and flow of life.” - Indie Plus Music. Their sound consists of delicate guitar playing and restraint coupled with vocal strength, ghostly melodies, and sober thoughtfulness forming songs of love and loss, life and death, hope and fear.
2021 delivers their sophomore release, '...to that place you call home', in which the Ghosts expanded their production but maintained the pure elements of their acoustic sound delivering a reflective and emotive mix of songs. The album was partly written and mostly recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic and lock down, which made recording all that more of a challenge and rewarding for the duo.
The new album was recorded at Osceola Recording Studios in Raleigh, NC with Dick Hodgin (Hootie and The Blowfish, Cravin' Melon, Clay Aiken, Corrosion Of Conformity, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Quest) at the controls again and finds the group hosting a number of guest musicians providing percussive and ethereal accompaniment to the album's well rounded alternative sound in a full production release.
With roots in alternative and grunge and added acoustic, swampy flair, drawing on life experiences and inspiring self reflection, hope and change, Roam Like Ghosts provides a unique soundscape for much needed escape and reflective calm in current times of the strange and uncertain.