Photo credit Kurt Clark

Photo credit Kurt Clark

Ghosts of the Pacific is a gritty alternative band that definitely gets it roots from the Seattle area;  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 Kurt Clark

Photo credit Kurt Clark

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 Kurt Clark

Photo credit Kurt Clark

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

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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 Kurt Clark

Photo credit Kurt Clark

I'm young enough to be the other members' kid, but that didn't stop me taking the call to audition for Ghost of the Pacific in July, 2017.

Born and raised on the Eastside of the Seattle area, I’ve been musical since playing clarinet in 5th grade. Everything went downhill from there when my dad bought me an electric guitar.  I quickly realized six strings was too many for my fingers, so I switched to four. I’ve played bass since high school, being heavily inspired by progressive and hard rock masters like Geddy Lee, Geezer Butler, and Chris Squire. I’ve come to love being the low end.


I’m so happy to have the opportunity to play with the Ghosts and be a part of their upcoming album.


Rock on!