Asbury Park Press - RHYTHM ROOM 11/04/08

“Anarcho cow-punk” to play Asbury Lanes

November 04, 2008 • 1:21 pm
By Steve Bove

Since 2002, Austin, Texas musician Steve Schecter (BillySwamp, The Standards, End Of The West) has hit the road in troubadour form under the name Ghostwriter.

With a homemade foot-percussion device, hollow-body guitar, banjo and harmonica, Schecter, who’s music falls somewhere between rusty folk and noise-punk, has been crowned as everything from “an anarcho cow-punk” to “a one-man existential blues machine” to “the most punk rock mother f*#ker in Austin.”

Don’t take the critics word for it though, check him out when he plays Asbury Lanes Nov. 7, and make the call for yourself.

Over the last few years, Ghostwriter built a reputation through relentless touring and an raucous stage presence. Recently, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds asked the one-man-show to open for the band on the Portland leg of the “Dig Lazarus Dig” tour, Sept. 22 at Crystal Ballroom.

Previously, Ghostwriter has opened for Dex Romweber (Flat Duo Jets), as well as the Legendary Shack Shakers. He has been invited to festivals that include Sleazefest in Chapel Hill, N.C., to Not The Same Old Blues Crap in London.

Before relocating to central Oregon in 2007, Ghostwriter was a constant on the Austin music scene and played happy hour every Friday at Beerland when not on the road.

Ghostwriter’s fifth full length album: “Wreck the City / simplify your life” is available now from End Of The West records. Previous releases include “Hobo Nouveau,” a collaboration with San Antonio’s no-wave blues trio Boxcar Satan, and a trilogy of analogue self-releases, including the now notorious “Road Angels & Torrential Rain”.

Friday’s show starts at 10 p.m. Asbury Lanes is at 209 4th Ave. in Asbury Park. For more information, call (732) 776-6160 or visit

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