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Monday, April 20, 2015

Cool Ghouls: The Rock 'n' Rollers

Posted By on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 at 9:24 AM

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According to Pat Thomas, Pat McDonald’s father had San Francisco’s now-defunct radio station KFRC playing in the family garage at all hours of the day, turning a young McDonald into a “Beatles freak.” After high school, the group of friends, most of whom attended SF State, got into some more current bands like Thee Oh Sees.

The group decided it was time to take that mid-’60s psych-rock inspiration the Benicia garage had given them and bring it to crowded San Francisco house parties filled with SF State students. But by the time the band really got going, it seemed most of their musical cohorts had disappeared.

“We were late to catch the wave,” Thomas says of the city’s much-talked-about resurgent psych-rock scene. “Everyone had already packed up and moved to L.A.”

Undeterred, even after recently getting evicted from their practice spot, Cool Ghouls found support from The Fresh and Only’s Tim Cohen, who recorded the band’s first record — a self-titled slab of vinyl with strong vocal harmonies and Revolver and Rubber Soul vibes — in his house.

The band just returned from a national tour which saw them playing the East Coast for the first time. Cool Ghouls will be releasing a new seven-inch single soon, and is gearing up to record another LP. 

The Cool Ghouls play The Chapel May 21.
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