Dirty Ghosts' front woman Allyson Baker has been a guitarist in both Toronto and San Francisco’s hardcore scene for years, and now she's stepped up to the microphone with Dirty Ghosts whose "Katana Rock" video directed by Derrick Beckles (creator of TV CARNAGE, Adult Swim's Totally For Teens and the upcoming series Hot Package) marks the second collaboration for these two.
The video for the song carries over elements of Dirty Ghosts’ hardcore background, combining an Argento influenced series of lit rooms. Images of layered psychedelia wash over projections of songstress Baker while she belts out the crafted, driving urgency of Katana Rock.
Now after 11 years in San Francisco—and five spent bringing Dirty Ghosts to life—Allyson now has everything she's always envisioned: a shit-hot record and a fully functioning band that's already got a west coast tour and South by Southwest appearances under its belt. But as much as Dirty Ghosts is a testament to Allyson's drive, more often than not, she feels like she’s the one being driven.
“Music takes complete control over me, and then just when I think the feeling’s gone, it comes back. It's a total love/hate thing: I love it because making music makes me feel so happy, but it kind of does the opposite, in that it takes over to the point where I can't make any rational decisions about anything else in my life. But I have this weird passion for music—there's nothing else I really want to do."
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Photo by Molly Decoudreaux Photography