R.I.P., Ghost Ship

SF Weekly honors a few of the numerous musicians shed in the Dec. 2 stockroom fire in East Oakland.


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Money Askew (Kristin Cofer)

On Friday, Dec. 2, at the very least 36 individuals died in a fire that happened throughout a digital songs performance at Ghost Ship, an East Oakland stockroom where several young musicians and also protestors likewise lived.

Head of state Obama called the misfortune, which has actually attracted around the world focus, "among the most awful fires in the state's background."

The Dec. 2 program belonged to the Golden Donna 100% Silk West Coastline Scenic tour as well as included over half a loads musicians authorized to the husband-and-wife Los Angeles document tag, 100% Silk, as well as it drew in a wide-range of participants from a variety of ethnic cultures as well as sexual preferences in addition to a big swath of the regional songs scene.

Amongst those that passed away in the fire, or are still missing out on, are the entertainers Cherushii, Obsidian Blade, and also Nackt, along with regional musicians, like Ben Runnels of Introflirt, Vanfantom, and also Ghosts of Lightning.

A number of us at SF Weekly recognized individuals that passed away in the blaze, as well as we are past distressed by their loss. As independent as well as D.I.Y. musicians, several of them played essential functions in the Bay Location as well as past, as well as their existence will certainly be sorely missed out on. Below's a consider simply a couple of.


Money Askew

Twenty-two-year-old Money Askew was a transgender female and also the guitar player as well as back-up vocalist for the goth-pop duo Them Are United States Too. For the in 2015, the band, that includes singer-songwriter Kennedy Ashlyn, had actually been visiting the united state on behalf of their 2015 launching cd, Remain. With its droning and also brushing up synths, the eight-track document is an industrialized analysis of shoegaze overlaced with a gauzy '80s luster and also Ashlyn's sentimental, piercing voice. A self-described "queer femme," Askew was a singing challenger of misogyny, bigotry, homophobia, transphobia, prejudice, as well as much more just recently, Donald Trump and also Mike Pence.


Chelsea Belief Dolan (Cherushii)

Chelsea Belief Dolan was a San Francisco dancing songs manufacturer, occasion marketer, and also DJ for UC Berkeley's KALX-FM that did under the name Cherushii. From a very early age, she started playing tools, researching timeless piano in senior high school prior to changing her focus to digital songs manufacturing. A passionate songs fan, the 33-year-old was greatly affected by Detroit techno as well as Chicago home, as well as had actually been a component in below ground Bay Location songs because the very early 2000s. When executing, Cherushii was recognized to give up plastic as well as USB sticks for digital plug-ins, like drum-sampling makers as well as knotted synthesizers, to offer her songs a much more dynamic as well as natural noise.

Johnny Igaz (Nackt)

Johnny Igaz was a recently employed worker at Environment-friendly Apple Books as well as a popular techno as well as acid-house DJ in Oakland. Considering that November 2014, he had actually launched songs under the name Nackt on Bandcamp. On Nov. 21, he dropped his newest launch, Scheherazade (the City Liberator), a transcendent three-track document including remixes of the exact same baritone, synth-punctuated ambient tune with various paces as well as beats. On the cd's Bandcamp web page, Igaz talked openly regarding often thinking of self-destruction as well as exactly how silly those needs appeared in retrospection. "I have actually intended to eliminate myself a hundred times," he composed, "however in some way I am still crazy with life." When the fire damaged out, igaz was playing documents in a cubicle on the 2nd tale of the storage facility.

Ben Runnels (Introflirt)

When I initially satisfied Ben Runnels, the vocalist of Introflirt, he was seated around the grand piano at the Street, an Oakland dive bar, cooing a mid-century jazz criterion. For many years, the artist-- that showed off green-tinged blonde hair-- often visited the Street, waiting patiently for his turn at the microphone where he would certainly develop his vocal singing chops and also job to conquer his long-lasting battle with shyness. He called atrioventricular bundle's mix of songs "croonwave" due to its woozy blend of plaintive vocals with dark digital beats. Introflirt's 2nd cd, Short-lived Paradise, appeared in August, and also includes 8 tracks of disco-inspired synth-pop.

Denalda Nicole Renae (Vanfantom)

A Lincoln, Nebraska, citizen that researched fabric clothes as well as style at the College of Nebraska-Lincoln, Denalda Nicole Renae stayed in Oakland, where she made keyboard-heavy dream-pop under the name Vanfantom. She started rapping in 2010 prior to changing to vocal singing as well as manufacturing a couple of years later on. Her initial cd, Knock or Ring, is a stripped-down, minimal document with ahead of time vocals as well as repetition tunes. According to good friends, Renae was additionally a passionate bicyclist as well as sushi fanatic.

Joey Casio (Obsidian Blade)


Self-described as "a one-man digital punk band," Joey Casio, that did under the name Obsidian Blade, ended up being energetic as a manufacturer in the songs scene in his indigenous Olympia, Washington, as a teen, prior to evacuating his "scruffy traveling bag of drum synthesizers as well as makers" to take a trip the nation, playing cellar programs as well as dancing clubs. A 100% Silk signee, Casio was set up to execute at Ghost Ship, as well as he got in the location around 11:15 p.m., approximately 10 mins prior to the fire burst out, the East Bay Express records.

Micah Danemayer

Micah Danemayer was among the musicians slated to carry out at the Golden Donna 100% Silk program at Ghost Ship. Danemayer, a 28-year-old from Massachusetts, relocated to the Bay Location in 2011, making songs with his synthesizer and also beginning a tag called Discarded, whereby he launched below ground digital documents. Strategies remained in the benefit him to begin a band called Red Storage with his pal Devyn Fordyce, and also both currently had actually a program set up for January at the Evening Light in midtown Oakland.

Travis Hough (Ghosts of Lightning)

The creator as well as frontman of the digital act Ghosts of Lightning, 35-year-old Travis Hough was an imaginative arts therapist at a college in the Bay Location. He launched his launching EP Generations in April, an unpredictable, high-tempo, nine-track document loaded with active modular synths and also battering drums.

Ghost Ship Advantage with Shannon and also the Clams at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 9, at Eli's Mile High Club in Oakland. Free.