If you’ve been paying attention to the New Jersey music scene, you’ve probably heard of these guys. With lockdown came the death of “Shoobies,” the old band name, a complete rebrand, and a new name. On Sunday, GHOSTHAUS sold out their debut show under the new name at House of Independents in Asbury Park. And let us tell you, they did not disappoint.
The energy in the venue was insane! The show had a stacked lineup full of Jersey favorites – Shot, Skyeline, Malibu, and Phoneboy. Every single person in the room was dancing from the start until the very end. Every band on the bill brought their A-game, and we might have some new faves!
When GHOSTHAUS finally took the stage, you could feel the excitement in the crowd. None of their previous shows could compare to the energy level that night. The setlist was all across the board – recent releases, old Shoobies faves, and even some unreleased songs! The crowd was kept on their toes all night, not knowing what would come next.
At one point, Casey, the frontman of the band, realized he forgot his capo for ‘peachy,’ a crowd favorite. While he looked, Brandon on guitar, Dylan on bass, and Brandon (aka Beef) on drums just started playing whatever came to their heads. Crazy impressive if you ask us. One of the new songs they played, ‘dead2me,’ is coming out just next month! Trust us when we say you’re gonna wanna listen to this one when it comes out.
After the set ended with ‘hummingbird’ and the band left the stage, the crowd couldn’t get enough. Chanting for an encore, the four guys made their return (with two shirts this time instead of four). It took everyone by surprise when they started playing ‘Territorial Pissings’ by Nirvana – even GHOSTHAUS themselves. Casey took to Instagram after the show to say “we got an encore and didn’t know what to do so we f*ckin played territorial pissings.” That is not an easy song to cover, especially after playing for an hour already, but they did it flawlessly. The crowd and the band were having so much fun, we couldn’t have asked for a better first show back.
There was so much love and happiness in the air that night. Every single person there reminded us why we do what we do here at The Honey POP. Music is such a special thing to share with each other, and we thank GHOSTHAUS for having us be there for such a special sold-out first show for them!
Make sure to give GHOSTHAUS a listen and tweet us @thehoneypop with your fave GHOSTHAUS songs!
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