Total Ghost began when Randy Washington and Adam Nix made a cheesy music video for a friend as a birthday present. Before long, the two came to embody the personae of Chön and Biktor, fictional German characters who travel the world in exotic jets to play shows and party. Over the past year, the characters have developed somewhat, and Washington says that they've accepted the fact that they're trapped in America and can't go back to Germany. Nix's brother Evan, who plays their assistant, Günther, and who also manages the band, has been added to the mix. We caught up with Washington and Evan Nix to talk about the band's new EP, which has yet to be titled.
Westword: How does the new EP differ from your previous album, Space Lightning?
Randy Washington: The first album, as everyone has hopefully heard, was pretty tongue-in-cheek and pretty straightforward. A lot of stuff about going into outer space and a UFO and partying and meeting girls and stuff. So with the new EP, we decided to go a little more serious. Nope, no we didn't [laughs]. A lot of it is the same stuff. We have a song in the same vein as our old album called "Do a Party," which just lists off if you want to kiss us, if you want to ride a motorcycle, if you want to drink champagne, then we say, "Well, come with us."
Evan Nix: I would beg to differ a little bit. I think the new album is definitely dancier, and the quality is better. The songs are even better written, I would say.
RW: The songs are even a little more specific. We have a song called "President of Tokyo," which is where we arrived in Tokyo and we wanted to be president. The people loved us so much that we decided to run for the president of Tokyo, and we won. The second we get into office, we're just like, "Okay, we're going to party all day," and then that's the whole song. So it's a little more specific.
EN: We issue mandatory decrees that everyone must have a dance floor.
RW: And you have to party every day. That's what Chön and Biktor would do if they get elected to be any head of office; the first thing they would do would be, "Okay, how do we make this city party more?" So that's pretty much what it is.
It doesn't sound like you guys are taking yourselves any more seriously.
RW: No. I think the second we start taking ourselves seriously is the second that this whole thing falls apart. We take our performances seriously, because we want to make sure that everyone has a really good time and that it's the most fun for everyone's dollar that they can get. But if you're taking being a band seriously, then it will just totally show through.
EN: I would say we definitely take the work seriously. As far as the videos go, we put hours into them, and the music we record in the studio. Our shows are a tremendous amount of fun and energy on our part and on the audience's part. But I think the characters and the whole joke of it you can't take seriously.