Ghosts of the Pacific is a Seattle based hard rock band that pulls roots from the rich history of the Seattle music scene. GOTP creates original hard rock songs with a metal energy and spirit. GOTP puts on a high energy live show, we integrate visuals and theatrics to bring a local rock show that stands out above the rest. We understand that even though the audience is coming to a local rock show, they expect to be entertained as if they were going to see a big budget touring band.
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. Tom played with the band for a year before deciding to move on.
With the bass player spot being up for grabs once again, we recruited long time friend and videographer of the band Paul Cary. With Paul having a history with the band shooting our first two music videos and being a general fan of the band, it was an easy transition.
Our first studio album, the Human Machine, was released April 20th 2019. We came up with the concept for the Human Machine during the writing process of the album. We decided to tell story through a 3 part music video trilogy. Click the link to watch the trilogy. VIDEOS
Shortly after the release of our album “Human Machine” bassist Paul Cary announced he would be parting ways with the band to focus on raising his new born son. Evan Ingalls was recruited to hold down the low end. Evan is the youngest member of the band. Evan brings a much welcomed energy and discipline to the band.
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.
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.
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
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.
Born in Seattle, Washington in 1997. Evan has been playing and performing music since a young age. He was inspired to pick up the electric bass shortly after beginning to play classical upright bass in his school orchestra at age 12. He grew up listening to the great pop-punk and metal bands from the mid-2000’s such as Finger Eleven and Linkin Park.
Throughout his high school career he played and subbed for bands of all genres; from rock bands to jazz trios, classical orchestras to musical theater. His multifaceted bass skills brought him many places such as into a recording orchestra for film director, Chad Perkins as well as performing in a Seattle production of Spring Awakening under musical director, Heather McLaughlin. During that period he studied bass under the jazz and classical bassist, Matt Hopper, known for his work in the Seattle Rock Orchestra.
After high school Evan decided to take a hiatus from the Seattle scene and pursue his education abroad. However, his break from music didn’t last. He quickly took the opportunity to venture into electronic music and study elements of music production as a new creative outlet.
Following the release of Human Machine in 2019 the band was in need of a new bass player and reached out to Evan. He ultimately decided to work with the band, looking to retake the Seattle scene and give the band a fresh new sound.
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