We recently featured “Sleepwalker”, the dreamy Post-punk music by Crooked Ghost, on our New Music Radar, and now, front-man Ray Clark has been kind enough to indulge us with answers to some of our DISARMing questions.

What are you listening to right now?

The sound of my cat purring.

What was the first LP/tape/CD you remember owning?

The Best Of Blondie on cassette. I wore it out!

Vinyl or CD/Digital?

There’s something magical and nostalgic about vinyl, though I do like the accessibility of digital formats. We release our albums on all of those formats.

What are your favorite bands?

My top 3 would be The Cure, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and Cocteau Twins.

(Disarm – NICE!)

Why do you live where you do?

Asheville is very kind to artists and musicians. The mountains here are beautiful, you can see the stars, and there are a lot of wickedly talented people here. 

What is your favorite journey? 

Touring with my friends in Crooked Ghost. We look forward to touring our new album Skeleton House in the Spring!

What is your idea of a perfect Sunday?

A day spent with my loved ones filled with music, great food, and nature.

Crooked Ghost – photo by Rome Widenhouse

What essentials do you take on a plane or tour bus?

Good books, things to draw/write on, lots of music, trail mix. A nice pillow is a must.

What is your dream vacation if money was no object?

To sail around the world playing music.

What do you do with 4 hours to yourself in a new city?

Go to ALL the record stores, thrift stores and antique stores in the vicinity.

What inspired you to take up music?

Music has always been a big part of my life from a young age. Starting on piano, violin, then later guitar and singing. Mostly all self-taught, I was a bit too rebellious for violin lessons. Music was the ultimate escape for a reclusive person like myself.

What was your most memorable day job?

Working at a bar was pretty wild.

What advice should you have taken but didn’t?

I try not to think about that! I live in the “now.”

What should everyone shut up about?

I think everyone should be vocal about the things they believe in. Never shut up.

Who’s your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would the menu be?

Frida Kahlo. We’d dine lavishly on fruits in a beautiful garden with lots of wine.

With thanks to Ray and Crooked Ghost!

Check out more from Crooked Ghost and buy their newest album, Skeleton House, from their Bandcamp page HERE.