The Local 913: Ghost Hounds
"I almost lost everything," says Johnny Baab, guitarist in Ghost Hounds. "I was riding my bike in Brooklyn and I got hit head-on by a car. I got run over, subsequently, and my arm snapped in half. It was a very real thing for a few month of like, ‘Hey man, it might not be there when you’re all good.’ It provided a lot of perspective and insight. It was like an instant download of appreciating being able to wake up and play music with my friends."
Baab is a lucky guy. Not only did he recover from his accident, but along with his band Ghost Hounds, has found himself in some other very lucky situations – like opening for the Rolling Stones. Baab says, "It was insane. Being able to witness them getting ready for their show and their process was inspiring to say the least. I think for the band it was a really great affirmation. I kind of sleep better now because I know the ramen noodle days were worth it."
Just don’t expect Baab to forget those noodle days any time soon. Ghost Hounds got the inspiration for their name from legendary blues artist Robert Johnson. "Robert Johnson sang about having hellhounds on his heels and that’s where the name stems from – these ghost hounds chasing you right along," Baab says. "They never really go away. They’re always there." And sometimes those hounds will bite you. Ghost Hounds not only run with those bruises and scrapes and broken bones, they embrace them, as well. "Rock-n-Roll is just an attitude to me," says Baab. "I think that in a world where everything is so polished and clean and produced, sometimes you just need to hear a guitar screaming through an amp."
Photo by Alba Tull