Ghostmouth's Sean Chaucer: My dad can beat up your band's dad

Categories: CD Release
Ghostmouth_Facebook.jpg
First impressions are hard to take back, but even with ludicrousness of a name like Ghostmouth, the Twin Cities band's members take themselves seriously. With their new album, which is actually a collection five years in the making, the band share with their fans a new maturity that opens an element of truth to music that is stratospherically brilliant, hidden behind an attitude that has caught many people's attention.

Gimme Noise caught up with quick-witted lead singer Sean Chaucer before their CD release show on Friday, and he spend a good amount of time boasting that his father could beat the crap out of the dads of the members of Howler, Polica, Doomtree, and a load of other Minneapolis darlings.


Band Members: Sean Chaucer, Donovan Seaberg, Shawn Mouacheupao

You seem to include a lot of humor and fun into Ghostmouth's music, which I very much appreciate. Do you find it easy to to be take seriously as an artist when approaching your career with this view?


I find it painfully easy in fact. While our demeanor and overall attitude towards promotion and stage performance can be very brash and humorous, it is executed with a degree of wit and cynicism that puts a greater weight on what we say and do. If I could compare our approach to anyone else, it would be Kurt Vonnegut. While his writing is very satirical and humorous in nature, his readers are only laughing in self-defense. I feel as though it's the same way with those that find what we do humorous.

Musically, while we may incorporate some of this quick-wit into lyrics and melodic choices, it is always a very conscious decision, and the deeper message behind our music is usually more meaningful, and often quite sad.

Minneapolis is well known for its indie-rock scene, as well as its detractors that hate this scene. How do you describe Ghostmouth's music, and what do you think of the scene? 

Ghostmouth fits into an interesting mold. While many bands, local or otherwise, find their sound early on in their career and have problems breaking away from it, we have never let labels and genres hinder us from doing whatever it is that we want to do. I believe that many bands are so frightened by the idea of breaking away from "their sound" that they leave no room to rediscover themselves and bring their music to an entirely new and unique place.

That being said, I have a great deal of appreciation for the Twin Cities music scene, because there are a lot of musicians who do break away from this mold. Some of my personal favorites have included Dosh, Kill Sadie, Peter Wolf Crier, Self-Evident, and No Bird Sing. Although the indie-rock community is certainly thriving, I feel as though many of the bands that deserve recognition for taking risks and growing as artists are instead recognized for less meaningful reasons, or just not recognized at all.

ghostmouth live portable 2.jpg


You say that you hate Howler, The 4onthefloor, as well as Doomtree, Communist Daughter, and Polica. Are you really prepared to kill all of their puppies and have your dad fight their dads?

I'm sure they're all lovely people; I know some of them. I'm certainly not fond of any of their music, let alone impressed, though I wouldn't be surprised if they said the same thing about my music.

The 4onthefloor puts on a terrific live show, but when listening to them on record, I feel as though their energy and songs fall flat. They seem like rather fit individuals, but I'd be willing to bet that their dads smoke a lot of cigarettes, and therefore get winded rather easily. My dad doesn't smoke, so I'm quite certain that my dad has far greater stamina and could therefore take their dads in a fistfight.

Doomtree certainly has a lot of talented people involved; I've loved nearly everything Lazerbeak has been involved in, and Cecil Otter's Rebel Yellow was a well-above-average release, but I can't take Doomtree seriously. I know this is a touchy subject for Minnesota music fans, but it's just my opinion. Music is supposed to create a fictional dream for its listeners, and by constantly shouting "Doomtree! Rhymesayers!" into your ear buds, they are breaking the fourth wall and reminding you that you are just listening to a hip-hop song. It really detracts from any messages they are attempting to put into their music. They're all a bit older, so I assume their dads are a bit older as well. My dad could take their dads.

Communist Daughter comes close to some deeper insights lyrically at times, but their guitar tones are awful, and their music is kind of wimpy. If Johnny's dad is as wimpy as his singing voice, my dad could take his dad.

Polica is the living proof of the only bad thing that Justin Vernon did to the indie music scene; convincing burgeoning indie-pop musicians that it is okay to use auto-tune for every vocal part in every song, even though Vernon only used it for two or three songs. My dad doesn't really know anything about auto-tune, and what people don't understand, they destroy, so my dad would destroy their dads.

Howler is kind of cute, I suppose. They play at being bigger dicks than they actually are in an attempt to snag more press, but Jordan Gatesmith is much nicer and far less of a celebrity than the Twin Cities writers are making him out to be. His music is very derivative, and reminds me of music I was writing when I was 16 years old, and he's only two years younger than me. His lyrics seem to lack any meaning whatsoever, most likely due to the fact that he does little to examine his songwriting process. The songs are probably meaningless to him, and so I find them meaningless as well. Plus, they're an awful live act. They're not a tenth as punk-rock as they think they are, and my dad was in a real punk-rock band in New York in the early 1980s. There is not a doubt in my mind that my dad is more punk-rock that Jordan Gatesmith's dad, and so he would definitely make a fool out of him in a physical battle.

I'll leave all of their puppies alone though, simply because I'm a vegan and can't bring myself to harm an animal.

This being said, if any of the aforementioned artists were ever to release an album that I enjoyed, I would be fully prepared to spread the love.

I hear some traces of ska in the new album; what did you draw from when writing for Toast Mouth?

Well, I wrote these songs when I was was 16 years old (except for two songs on the album that were written by my old band-mate from my high school days). I'm 21 now, which doesn't seem much older, but I can barely relate to the person I was back then. People tend to underestimate how much human beings change in short periods of time. I had never really intended on releasing these songs, but we were still playing them live, and fans would always come up to us after shows and ask why some specific song wasn't on our debut album. So this one is really for the fans. Back then, I was listening to The Libertines a lot, as well as some truly awful Libertines knockoff bands that were being paraded around England as the second coming of Pete Doherty. So they songs on the new album have a similar catchy punk-rock vibe, mixed with my 16 year old attempts to write poetic and meaningful lyrics. Sometimes I got lucky and hit more towards the mark, and other times I fell flat, most likely die to fact that I did little in the way of examining my songs and lyrics back then. I basically just had this dream of moving to London and becoming a starving poet. I moved to Minnesota instead, and I'm still kind of hungry.



My Voice Nation Help
45 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
A Normal Person
A Normal Person

Oh my god, 42 comments. Stop supporting this shit. 

Someone Who knows Sean
Someone Who knows Sean

oh and by the way.  There was only about 25 people at the EP release show of "Toastmouth". Actually there were more people for the openers, who are good bands: Crimes and Phantom Tales. 

Guest
Guest

And it's Phantom TAILS.  Learn how to spell the name of bands you like, prick.

Someone Who knows Sean
Someone Who knows Sean

Well technically, I didn't spell anything wrong.  But after a couple drinks, Ill say my grammar could use a little work. 

Marc
Marc

Actually my headcount was well above 70, and that shit was nuts.

Fart
Fart

30 tops. People left after Phantom Tails.

Fart
Fart

Regrettably, yes. I stayed mainly to support a bar I love. One that was clearly suffering that night.

Guest
Guest

Well clearly you were still there

Someone Who knows Sean
Someone Who knows Sean

Dude all I'm is this dude just put out an album called "Toastmouth". Seriously? Oh and by the way, he's from New Jersey.

Well Respected Gentleman
Well Respected Gentleman

I'd say this interview was quite effective. Well done.

Cripes
Cripes

Yes. Put the lowest-level staff writer into a situation where they interview a local twit who bashes the bands who are actually providing Minneapolis with something meaningful and tangible. Not to mention the fact that we all had to combine Sean's mouth-dumping with Vang's journalism typos. GREAT work.

AnotherAnotherGuest
AnotherAnotherGuest

I go to school with Sean Chaucer-Levine.  So for "Another Guest"...he's not lying about his last name.  But nice try.  

Attention wh*re from a fan
Attention wh*re from a fan

Anyone who knows Sean knows he will do anything for attention. His ego is the size of Jupiter. Surely he is being a tiny bit sarcastic...but mostly not. That is the sad, sad truth. I like Ghostmouth but it's hard to support them when Sean does stupid crap like this.

Rascalk_45
Rascalk_45

This is sad.  Clearly Sean is trying to ruffle feathers for press.  In Jordan's case, it sparked a meaningful debate (being that Howler is signed to a very notable label so there are swaths of local folks that hang on his every word) ... in this case, Sean just comes across as a pathetic dick.  I was thinking about going to the show tonight due to the impressive bill but I'm not going to support this trash.  I "get" that he's being sarcastic with some elements but you can tell he believes some of the sh*t that dumps out of his mouth.

PutSomeRanchOnIt
PutSomeRanchOnIt

Wowee! You all got so mad. Doesn't this interview go along with the mission of Ghostmouth? They make a soft mockery of other bands by playing guerilla-style gigs outside of their pro-booked shows. This is the interview version of that.

You all fell into their trap, and they won!

btw: Toastmouth. Love it!

Kurt  Vonnegut
Kurt Vonnegut

 Hello, Sean. Welcome to Earth. It's hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It's round and wet and crowded. At the outside, Sean, you've got about a hundred years here. There's only one rule that I know of, Sean—God damn it, you've got to be kind

guest
guest

Haha hilarious. Its about time someone has balls talking to press. Im so sick of people stroking press egos and shaking hands. God forbid someone speak their mind. And to all you people who cant take a joke......read it again. Hilarious

Eddypete4
Eddypete4

A. This is 85% tongue in cheekB. It's courageous...notableC. Appreciate a joke and don't be pussies.

R2
R2

goddamn im glad im not 21. trying too hard to be funny, trying too hard w/ everything. but you can tell he really is a conceited ass that believes everything he is saying. I believe that the best humor is steeped in truth... but if you're trying to be an ass, hiding it in humor didn't work here.  

Dickwadhole
Dickwadhole

It is not worth commenting on, but I have no choice.  I don't understand why we having lowered ourselves to self-righteous pricks like this person clearly is.  

Why support this?  

Stop commenting on it and having anything to do with this bullshit person right now.

Boycott his ass.

Guest
Guest

wow. you're all idiots. helllo understand Sarcasm much!? damn...not every one is so literal with everything ALL the time. He's obviously just trying to get a rise out of everyone, and it obviously worked.

guezt
guezt

if you get the opportunity to do some promo for your album, you don't do this, unless you're looking to make a stupid statement about your band and how you look at music.

Another Guest
Another Guest

Who cares if it's sarcasm? Sean is an idiot. Oh, and by the way, his last name is Levine. Not Chaucer. Way to be pretentious, dumb-fuck. 

Kef2point0
Kef2point0

Was planning on going to the release show on Friday.  But I can't do it.  Supporting this kind of holier-than-thou attitude on perpetuates the already growing problem we have after that Gatesmith debacle.  Fuck this.

Alex
Alex

Can someone explain to me why all of these dipshits are running their mouths lately?  Fuck.  Shut up and play shows and be kind.  Stop wasting your breath. 

swimsuit
swimsuit

phantom tails and crimes?  that's a pretty sweet lineup.  Goondas next week at triple rock?  I'd say there doing pretty well for a band im just hearing of now.

Guest
Guest

I've seen these guys.  their last album was really cool, not so fond of this one though

Marc
Marc

Well he doesn't seem to enjoy his own music too much either, so maybe their next one will be better.

Guest
Guest

kind of agreed with him until he got to doomtree, that's taking it too far

Marc
Marc

Well I like his music better then any of the bands he trashed so he wins this round if you ask me

Steve
Steve

Yeah, well the more you all talk about these A-holes, the more media attention they're gonna get.  You are fueling the fire.  

Chris A
Chris A

Wow Jill, Harsh much?  How can you not tell that this was a joke?  This is the most tongue in cheek interview ever!  If you take this seriously, you need to take a class on sarcasm.  The beating up your dad thing is a dead give away.  What have you done lately?  

Jill Nelson
Jill Nelson

What an arrogant asshole.  His bandmates are probably so embarrassed, unless they're assholes as well.  "The only man who ever matched me in intellect was maybe...maybe Kurt Vonnegut."  Good luck with you Amsterdam show Ghostmouth.  Hitting it big in downtown St. Paul!  

Err'one
Err'one

Hmm... It doesn't sound like he was being very serious.  It seems more like he was trying to make an ass out of the whole feud thing in general.

Llgreen
Llgreen

gross..trying too hard

Wow
Wow

This was seriously the worst move these guys could have made. Compare yourself to Kurt Vonnegutt?  Diss every band of note in the TC?  

Weird that they don't have any legitimate shows lined up. Have fun on your "battery powered tour."

SadSakabones
SadSakabones

For someone who just slammed every rising act in the Twin Cities - His music is completely bland and unexceptional. I dig his confidence though, too bad he writes bubblegum bullshit. The lyrical content has a clever story line, but the overall sound.. does nothing for me. It took them 5 years to make this album? This song is less than 2 minutes, has maybe 5 tracks of instruments and 2 layers of vocals. wooooah, what a masterpiece!!! -_- Get over yourself, Do-Do-Do-Do-DOUCHE BAG :)

Sean
Sean

No it didn't take us 5 years.  I wrote the songs when I was 16 and we just chose to record them 5 years later.  The new music we're working on sounds nothing like this.  I happen to agree with you, it is rather bubblegummy bullshit, but hey, I was 16.

Gay
Gay

Start ban on this pathetic band... now.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Minnesota Event Tickets
Loading...