Photo credit Katie Kebely

Photo credit Katie Kebely

Ghosts of the Pacific is a Seattle based hard rock band that pulls roots from the rich history of the Seattle music scene;  a band with a refreshing but familiar sound, original, groovy rock songs with great catchy hooks and a live show that's both visually and sonically entertaining.

We started out as Ashes of Mercury, which was formed in 2014.  The lineup included founding members Sean and David Kebely along with Jim Reagan on vocals.  The band went through various lineups while playing local clubs and bars.  Francis Hunnycut was recruited to perform the bass duties and Brad Turner joined on drums to round out the lineup.

We decided to part ways with frontman Jim Reagan in the summer of 2016.  After auditioning quite a few potential new singers, we finally found Josh Williams.  Josh brings a very welcomed edge to our already gritty alternative Seattle sound.  With the new frontman and the songs and sound evolving into something new, the band decided it would be the perfect time to change the band name.  We became Ghosts of the Pacific.

In December of 2016, it was mutually decided that drummer Brad Turner would leave the band to pursue other musical interests.  Michael Ball was the first drummer we auditioned that same month.  He showed up completely prepared and ready to rock.  He was such a good fit that we didn't feel the need to audition anyone else and he was officially named in January of 2017.

Bassist Francis Hunnycut decided it was time to move on and focus on other areas of his life that following May.  Kyle McClelland filled in for a couple of shows but Francis eventually came back to rejoin the band on an interim basis until we could find a suitable replacement.

Several bassists auditioned in an attempt to fill Francis’ spot.  When Tom Evans arrived for his audition and began playing with us, a wide-open pocket was created and his powerful, edgy sound was an awesome fit.  Tom was officially announced as the new bassist early that September.

We released our first music video, "Human Machine", in May, 2017.  We are currently in the process of recording our first studio album.

 Photo credit Kurt Clark

Photo credit Kurt Clark

Born in Everett, Washington. Started guitar at 16 years of age and began singing professionally at age 25. Studied vocal lessons under maestro David Kyle, who taught great vocal artists such as Geoff Tate, Ann & Nancy Wilson, Layne Stanley and Chris Cornell. Previous bands I've sang for have been Core, Syztem7 and Invertical. I play acoustic shows as a side career in the local Seattle area. In one of my previous bands, we have traveled to Texas SXSW three consecutive years to perform on multiple stages. In past, I have also played the Whiskey a GoGo in LA as our touring destination. I currently sing for Ghosts of the Pacific which is based out of Seattle, WA.

 Photo credit Katie Kebely

Photo credit Katie Kebely

I’ve been playing guitar for 20 years.  My favorite band in Jr. High and High school was Guns N' Roses.  Slash was a huge influence on me for playing guitar.  I took guitar lessons from local guitar hero Lyle Ronglien for a few years.  The first band I ever played in was Nosfaratu, a death metal band that I started with some of my high school friends.  I was heavily influenced by Dime Bag Darrel at the time.  I even had his signature Washburn guitar in “slime green.”  After my metal band fell apart I began playing a lot of acoustic guitar.  I even started an acoustic duo with my room mate at the time.  We played a lot of coffee shops and even started a weekly open mic.  Playing in an acoustic duo with one guitar really forced me to hone in on my rhythm skills.  

I bounced around from band to band taking on both the rhythm and lead guitar rolls.  I played in both cover and original bands until getting recruited to play guitar for Perfect Pistol.  I played guitar in Perfect Pistol for about 8 years before that band broke up.  After breaking up with Perfect Pistol I decided to start my own band.  I started Ashes of Mercury with my dad (Dave Kebely) on keys which has now turned into Ghosts of the Pacific.

 

 Photo credit Katie Kebely

Photo credit Katie Kebely

Born in Berkeley, California Dave started playing piano at the age of eight. He took classical piano lessons through high school, entertaining friends at parties playing rock and roll. He has studied with Joel Robbins in Phoenix, Arizona and Allen Youngblood in Seattle, Washington. His first record bought was Jerry Lee Lewis’s Great Balls Of Fire, and still considers “The Killer” to be one of the greatest keyboard players of all time.

Dave got away from actively playing while raising a family and starting and helping to run a Montessori School with his wife Linda. He teamed up to form the Christmas Rock n Roll band Grinch sleigher with his son (Sean Kebely), then another band called Ashes Of Mercury which is now Ghosts of the Pacific

 Photo credit Kurt Clark

Photo credit Kurt Clark

Born in Barberton, Ohio, Michael studied percussion under William Curtin who was known for his work with Akron Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra as well as such notables as Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdink, Paul Anka, Lawrence Welk, and others.  After graduating high school, he went on to study Music Theory and Chemistry at the University of Akron.

Michael strayed from music for a number of years in order to establish a career in software engineering.  He moved to the Seattle area in 1997 and has been here since.  This move, along with new friends, reignited his passion for music and he jumped back in with both feet.

Michael joined Ghosts of the Pacific after a stint with Primal Breed.  He lists Danny Carey (Tool), Ray Luzier (Korn), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/The Winery Dogs)  and Sean Kinney (Alice in Chains) as major influences and identifies with powerful, progressive rock and metal.

 Photo credit Katie Kebely

Photo credit Katie Kebely

Paul Cary plays bass for Ghosts of the Pacific.  He is native to Massachusetts but has lived in the Pacific Northwest since age 16.  Paul began playing music at eight years old as a percusionnist.  His classical music training has served as the foundation for his wide range of musical experiences and proficiencies.  

He began playing guitar at 16 and started his first band (Primer Grey Polliwog) as a singer/guitar player at age 20 in Portland, OR.  Paul also played bass for a band called Spoiled Sports at this time.  His primary band became PGP and that became Kapuda.  Kapuda picked up a guitar player and Paul became a singer only for this band.  Kapuda went on to put out a 5 song EP and recieve sponsorships from Doc Marten's Shoes and Raven Ink Tatoos.  

In 2003, Paul moved to Seattle and soon joined Down in the Fifth as a bass player.  He also produced a solo album under the moniker of Hclip.  After taking a few years off from performing, Paul became the lead singer of metal band Liquidrive for 2 years.  The band put out a self-produced, full length album.  Liquidrive disbanded in 2016 and Paul turned his creative forces to video production and wound up producing two music videos for Ghosts of the Pacific.  In June of 2018, Sean, of Ghosts of the Pacific, asked Paul if he would like to try out as their new bass player.  It proved to be a great fit and now Paul is not only the band's videographer but the bass player, too.

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