Alternative Rock Duo Stops At Slide Bar On Current Tour

Magnets and Ghosts

Magnets and Ghosts play Slide Bar Nov. 18

Magnets and Ghosts are Ryan Potesta and Dean Roland, and alternative rock duo who met in Boston. This duo has taken inspiration from bands such as Radiohead and Elbow to make their own sound unique. They play Nov. 18 at the Slidebar in Fullerton.

OC Concert Guide recently caught up with Roland of Magnets and Ghosts to talk about how these bandmates met and future plans for the group.

OCCG: How did you guys become a duo? What brought you two to make awesome music?
Dean: We first met when Ryan was going to Berklee in Boston. We worked on a project together. We quickly realized we had similar taste in music and that was the beginning of the musical connection

OCCG: Who are some of your biggest influences individually and as a duo?
Dean: I was a child of the 80’s so I was into a lot of early 80’s music like U2, INXS, The Cure, REM etc…As a duo our musical taste range from jazz and classical to really whatever but we truly connected on a handful of bands like Elbow, Doves and Radiohead.

OCCG: How would you describe your music to someone who has never heard of you?
Dean: It’s always been difficult for me to be objective about the music we create, but we strive to create music that first and foremost has space. Then it can range from a spacious melodic vibe to more of an in your face rock driven vibe.

OCCG: What inspired you guys to come back after three years for your newest EP?
Dean: It really wasn’t a decision to come back. We had been writing and recording since the release of Mass. However, we did want to take the approach of having most of the songs written first. We wanted more of a live/band sound this time around.. So playing live was essential to make that happen. And we’re also not afraid of taking our time to get the music to place where we feel great about it.

OCCG: What are some of your favorite songs to perform live?
Dean: Each show has its own life. Favorite songs to play can change, but I do enjoy playing some of the more anthemic piano songs like Here to Save Me or Hold on. Then some nights it can be completely therapeutic to play a song like Drug Money and purge some frustrations.

OCCG: Are you guys excited to be playing in Fullerton?
Dean: We’re super excited to play Fullerton. It’s our first time! We’re still breaking in some of the new songs live and that can be a scary and exciting at the same time. So we’re definitely looking forward to the show.