Ghost Town Silence / Bio

Ghost Town Silence (formerly The Rebel Set) is a 5 piece rock n' roll band from Dayton, Ohio.

The band was formed in early 2006 by Tom Gilliam (vocals/lead guitar), Gavin Spencer (vocals/bass/harmonica/accordion) and Jason Johantges (rhythm guitar). Feeling they needed to expand the band’s musical diversity to capture the sound they were seeking, they soon added friends of the band Adam Kempf (drums/trumpet) and Ken Hall (keyboards/trombone), rounding out the final band lineup. By November, the band had completed their first two demo tracks for the songs “130” and “Radio” and had played their debut live show to a sold out crowd at The Nite Owl in Dayton’s Historic Oregon District.

Throughout the rest of 2006 and much of 2007, The Rebel Set tightened their sound and added many fans as they continued to play live shows around the state of Ohio. In August of 2007, The Rebel Set headlined the Official After Party for the National Rollergirls tournament taking place in Columbus, Ohio. The time the band spent together practicing and playing shows allowed them to create a wealth of original music. This led them to the recording studio in August to record their full length debut album.

Working with engineer/producer Patrick Himes (who engineered the Ryan Adams debut solo album “Heartbreaker” plus albums by fellow Dayton bands Shrug & Flyaway Minion) in August and September of 2007, the band was able to record 11 original songs to complete their album debut, Ghost Town Silence. On March 29, 2008, The Rebel Set played the "Ghost Town Silence" album live in its entirety during their CD Release Party to a completely sold out crowd at The Oregon Express, located in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio. The show broke a 24 year attendance & alcohol/food sales record at The O.E. for a non-holiday event (second only to Saint Patrick's Day).

The band completed recording of the follow-up CD to "Ghost Town Silence" called "Across The Relentless Sea" at Babblefish Recording Studios in Franklin, Ohio. A CD release party for the album was held @ The Oregon Express in Dayton, Ohio on November 14, 2009.

We have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with the following bands/solo artists: Hqax, Akillis Green, Tom Vollman, Snake Oil, Stereo Deluxe, Ryan Smith, The Stapletons, Tupelo Honey, Nate McDonough, Reece & The Renegades, Matt Haupt, Joey Hebdo, Sleepybird, Murmur, Appalachian Heartache, Brian Hoeflich & The All-Nighters, Suicide Hill, Adam Haroff, The Gem City Ramblers, Atomic Johnny, Electric Smoke, The Youngers, Okay Lindon, Drexel, Jordan Hull, To Catch A Matador, Frontier Folk Nebraska, The Turkish Delights, The Twitches, Eric Campbell, Me & Mountains, Vanity Theft, JT Woodruff of Hawthorne Heights, Mark Rose (formerly of Spitalfield), Auburndale, The Story Changes, Sohio, Andy Smith, Ed vs. Radio, Sam at Eleven, Nightbeast, Josh Eagle & The Harvest City, Charge Scenic, The Fair Shakes, Authors & Audio, The Avery Set, OneSecond, The Redtone Sixes, Go Robot, Go!, The State Line, Shrug, Mavis Pearly & The Nicky Kay Orchestra.

General Info

Band Members
Tom Gilliam - Electric Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter/Producer/Manager, Gavin Spencer - Bass/Vocals/Songwriter/Producer, Jason Johantges - Guitar/Electric & Acoustic Rhythm Guitar/Songwriter, Nathan Warden - Keyboard/Backing Vocals/Guitar, Brian Winter - Drums, Chris Suttle - Engineer/Producer
Artist Name
Ghost Town Silence
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Active Since
Americana / Rock

Contact Info

Dayton, OH
Tom Gilliam

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