Singled Out: DRGN King

01/24/2013
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Today Dom from DRGN King tells us about the song "Holy Ghost" from their debut album release, Paragraph Nights. Here is the story:

A couple years ago, Joe (our drummer) and I lived in a neighborhood in North Philadelphia called Port Richmond. It's a largely Polish neighborhood with great tiny bars and a Lithuanian Dance Hall. We branched out from our other friends living closer to downtown, purposefully carving out a private place where we could record all night and drink cheaply. Around this time I also met Ritz (the producer/other half of Drgn King) and spent a good amount of time riding the 25 bus to his studio in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia.

One afternoon, I was on my way to the bus stop and happened into a particularly sketchy establishment down the street from our home. it claimed to be a sandwich shop, but I never saw anyone make/eat a sandwich there. A majority of the drinks were expired, and it was generally open late. My parents used to call a place like that a "front." A group of pre-teen kids were sitting at the weird sandwich counter as I walked in, and one particularly skittish girl grabbed a rosary around her neck and shouted "GET AWAY FROM ME JESUS!" to me, like I was some sort of weird satanic Christ that had come to earth for nefarious purposes. I'm pretty sure she was just trying to show off for her friends in the way that most kids do, but she kept up the act until I left the sketchy store. I got on the bus and immediately had the idea for the riff and the verses. They got demoed on my phone as I walked under I-95 to Ritz's studio.

That night, Ritz and I laid down the foundation of the song as it's known today. The whole "I'm on my way" chorus thing was a freestyle, thrown off type thing that ended up being the centerpiece of the song. Over the next few weeks, Ritz added all the cool synth swells and the sound effects. The song was eventually labored over, but the song itself as written in ten minutes under Interstate 95.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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