The presence of Sheet Ghosts first haunted the mind of Ben Crowell, which he used as a means to pay tribute to his lifelong love of horror movies and their accompanying soundtracks. Teaming up with Matt Christensen (Zelienople), the two created a “lost soundtrack” to a film that never existed, The Terror In LaBagh Woods (a local and notable site during the Satanic Panic hysteria of the 1980’s.) Shortly after it’s mysterious digital release through Glassworks Coffee, Matt vanished back into the night while Ben chose to move forward, eager to see what else he would be able to conjure.
Early in 2020, work began on new songs, and Ben summoned friends Thor Harris (Thor & Friends, Swans, Shearwater, a squillion others) Pall Jenkins (Black Heart Procession, Three Mile Pilot) and Tom Sadler (Tatsongs). Assisted by Matt Orenstein (Lionel O) and Justin Sinkovich (The Poison Arrows, Atombombpocketknife, Thumbnail) these songs slowly took form and revealed themselves as the Did It Ever Happen? EP.
Now available through the ether via File 13 Records, with physical manifestations forthcoming.
A new collection of songs based on a short story by weird fiction author Laird Barron is currently in the works, and should likely show itself in 2021.
released October 23, 2020
Ben Crowell: Synths, Guitar, Drum Machine
Thor Harris: Vibraphone, Marimba, Harmonium, Electric Tongue Drum, Dulcimer, Drums, Congas
Pall Jenkins: Synths, Saw, Mellotron, Guitar
Tom Sadler: Guitar
Matt Orenstein: Additional Synth on Track 1
Justin Sinkovich: Additional Guitar on Track 6
Recorded February - September 2020 in Chicago, Austin, San Diego, St. Louis, & Los Angeles.
Mixed by Justin Sinkovich
Mastered by Zachary Caputo
Art Direction & Layout: David Babbitt
Hail David Babbitt!
Ghosts photographed by Ben Crowell
Ghosts: Sara Hays
File 13 Records is a Chicago-based record label that has previously resided in Philadelphia PA as well as its original home
in Little Rock AR. Serving as a conduit for creativity since 1989, File 13 is a community of like-minded artists who forge new ground in a constantly evolving aesthetic....more
supported by 5 fans who also own “Did It Ever Happen?”
The depth of the songs and sonics is profound, throughout this. I happened to run into Chris in Vermont and he humbly didn't mention what he'd been up to. Extremely happy I went on my own and found this brand new release; a GEM. David Fenichel