Dialup Ghost is an emerging band from Nashville, Tennessee. Their new album I’m Fine, I’m Fine is available now on Bandcamp and Spotify.

Their new album I’m Fine, I’m Fine, is confessional and blunt, providing sad songs about ex-girlfriends, clinical depression, and internet addiction.  Most of the songs were written in 2017 while listening to a lot of Guided By Voices, Sparklehorse, Elliot Smith, Sonic Youth, Pavement, and Townes Van Zandt. “We recorded an EP first, which was self-titled and recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder in my apartment,” explains Russ Finn. “We released that in the Spring (2018).  Because we liked it so much, we decided to re-record all of those songs + 6 others in a studio here in Nashville this summer, which resulted in the final product.”

“PPSSP” was written last summer and is a song that is about 98% true.  I literally went on a couple dates with a girl and fell HARD for her.  The song isn’t really imaginative, as nearly everything in it is a true detail, but she was this beautiful artist that made collages out of porno mags.  Anyway, the day after our date she ghosted me, then played a lot of manipulative games with me until I had to cut my losses.  At the time (summer 2017) I was wanting to start a band and had been writing a lot of songs, but didn’t know what the band would be or the direction I was going.  This song was intended as a humorous song for my alt-country band that hasn’t happened yet.  When Dialup Ghost was formed, we avoided this song for a while because it seemed too happy and poppy compared to the other material.  We ultimately chose this song for our debut album because we think it’s well-written and, it turns out, our sad-as-shit album could use a happy, radio-ready song.”

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“When we went to record it, we wanted to keep the alt-country vibe while meshing it with some of our indie rock influences.  We kept referring to “Range Life” by Pavement and “Here Comes Your Man” by Pixies as our sonic references (Jordan, who plays lead guitar on that song, is a huge fan of Teenage Fanclub and was going for that sound too.  He’s very glad you mentioned that on the Fluence review).  I had to write “PPSSP” because I couldn’t get this girl out of my mind.  I had never met someone who went by “Espe” and just knew I had to write a song that said the line “And P.S. Espe.”  Also, I literally do pronounce her name incorrectly because of my accent by saying that hard “RAN” in Esperanza.  Sometime after I had written the song, she hit me up and wanted to begin playing the same games and “be friends.”  I told her “I’m sorry, but you’re better song material than friend material.”


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