Allyson Baker doesn’t scare easily. Back in the ’90s, she was sneaking into Dwarves shows and frequenting mosh pits before she was barely out of junior high. By 17, she was playing guitar for some of Toronto’s most notorious punk and hardcore bands and split in 2000 to shake up some action in San Francisco. Allyson and Carson Binks (another Toronto expat) launched Dirty Ghosts as a stripped-down duo in 2006, writing rhythmically driven new songs built around intricate drum loops pieced together by Aesop Rock.
In sharp contrast to the skull-crushing assault of her previous groups, Dirty Ghosts are more about putting the disco into discord, using everything from dubby funk to minimalist. Allyson says, “I’m thinking more about songs, and not volume and attack. That’s part of being young, but then you get older and you want to write songs that are catchy and that people will enjoy.”
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, a fully functioning band made up of bassist Erin McDermott and drummer Ben Tuttle and appearances at SXSW, Treasure Island Festival, MusicFest NW and several tours under her belt. Keep the dial tuned and listen while they keep crushing it.
"Using Monster has been great for us because it's one less thing to worry about while we're playing live. We don't have to worry about a cable being the source of any technical problem on stage and often times they can be when they're not well made. As someone who uses a lot of pedals and is concerned with tone, I don't have to worry about losing any of it!"
- Dirty Ghosts