City Ghost in the Machine
posted by October 26 at 11:29 AMon
There’s a ghost that haunts Robert Lang Studio, and it hates heavy metal.
The neighborhood of Richmond Beach, where the studio is located, is a supernatural hotspot, crawling with the spirits of drowned mariners and dead children and George the Janitor (that’s another story).
Robert Lang—a respected studio engineer who’s hosted myriad historic sessions over his 30-year career, including Nirvana’s last and the Foo Fighters’ first—has a spook story all his own. It involves buried treasure, a dead man’s ghost, the Afghan Whigs, and a piece of Italian marble depicting the image of Jesus.
The story is this week’s music lead. The online version comes with large-scale versions of Lang’s photos of the ghost (seen above; check out the top right corner) and the Jesus marble.
For extra chills, check out Trent Moorman’s eight-minute video documentary on our visit to the studio. We spoke with Lang and his assistant as they told us the full story of the ghost and gave us a tour of the studio. Some excerpts:
“I saw this vision or this ghostly figure—I could see right through it—and I squealed like a little bitch.”
“This was 1996, 1997. Greg Dulli says, ‘I just got a call from my medium and I’m a little bit concerned.’”
“And Devon finds a dead bat under the piano.”
“The spirit was pointing northward, and that’s exactly where I found the money.”
“Anyone who comes here who has a negative vibe, this place will shit on ‘em.”