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Danceable grooves, reverb guitar, and lyrics that seem to reach for your soul are the foundation of Nashville-based band, Haunted Device, whose members are as unique as its sound. This collaboration between Chad McWherter, Cory Johnson, and Chris Husak presents its listeners with well-crafted tunes that take on a dreamy quality, yet with detailed rhythmic arrangements that make you want to move. Frontman McWherter’s shadowy vocals paired with Johnson and Husak's driving force come together to form the electrifying and aptly named Haunted Device.
McWherter and Johnson first started playing together in 2005 under the name My Relationship With Gravity. They created an immediate buzz around Nashville with their high energy shows but experienced difficulty due to the inability to lock down a drummer. They took a break in 2006 in an attempt to find a solid drummer, and in 2007 they were introduced by Rollum Haas of The Features to local drummer Chris Husak. McWherter and Johnson quickly meshed with Husak, and they dubbed the new lineup Sleep Study. Although this lineup was very active around Nashville in the couple of years to follow, they ended up going on hiatus to pursue individual efforts. During these years, McWherter spent time travelling around the country, Johnson received his bachelor's degree from MTSU and stayed in the Nashville rock scene as the lead vocalist and guitarist for the band Calvin, and Husak maintained his presence in the Nashville rock scene by playing with The Dead Towns and being a part of the creation of Nashville studio Screen Door Records.
In 2012, the band reformed under the name Haunted Device. They quickly recorded and released a self-titled five-song EP in October 2012. The EP has received praise from various blogs and websites, most notably NME.
Throughout their various incarnations, the band has played with acts such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Jeff The Brotherhood, Adam Franklin (Swervedriver), How I Became The Bomb, Whirlwind Heat (Thirdman Records), The Rapture, and Ken Stringfellow (ex-REM, Big Star, Posies).