Van Ghost release new video for “Domino Effect”

Today, Van Ghost debuted the much anticipated video for the first single from the forthcoming LP, The Domino Effect.

Hailing from Chicago, Van Ghost was founded by Michael Berg, who spends the majority of his time promoting other acts. With tunes like this, as well as those from Van Ghost’s previous album, Melodies for Lovers, Berg may be finding himself spending a larger portion of his time on the other side of things in the very near future.

The title track song is chock full of hearty lyrics and immaculate production, that finds no band member owning the number; but rather coming across as a collective and well put together front.

Below is the video as well as a free listen to the first track from The Domino Effect and an Honest Tune interview with Berg and bandmate, Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band, Jennifer Hartswick Band) spliced with an acoustic offering of “Domino Effect,” recorded in early 2011.

In related news, Hartswick also just released her second studio album, Ocean Floor.



For nearly a decade Michael Harrison Berg of Van Ghost was a behind the scenes type of guy. Having poured his energy into his ventures as a concert promoter and band manager, little was left over for personal creative endeavors.

That all changed in 2007 when Berg’s close friends encouraged him to revisit the acoustic guitar he put down in his younger days and asked him to perform a song at their wedding. Melding the inspiration from the many talented bands he has worked with and his own passion for music, the singer returned to his roots. He began writing songs, drawing from his life experiences, creating a heartfelt and staggeringly honest perspective. After building up a solid repertoire of poppy folk ballads, gritty Americana tunes and classic rock laced jams, Berg called on his dear friend Jennifer Hartswick (Trey Anastasio Band), and they collectively assembled an all-star cast of musicians and named the project Van Ghost.

With an exquisite 5 piece band flavored with psychedelic guitars, an earth shattering rhythm section, & haunting guy/girl harmonies, the band played it’s debut show before a packed audience at Chicago’s revered Metro in January 2008. It was an auspicious beginning for one of world’s most promising new acts.

Following up their debut record, “Melodies For Lovers”, on Split Red Records, the band headed down to Nashville, TN to begin the tracking of their next release “The Domino Effect” for Dustimmoff Records (a start up label with Split Red owner Timm Martin & 8 time Grammy winning Producer/Engineer/Mixer Justin Niebank). With Justin Niebank at the helm the bands sound continues to develop and expand. Berg has established that he is as comfortable operating under the spotlight as he is behind the curtain. With Van Ghost, he sets out to inspire music fans the same as other artists have inspired him – one song at a time.


Van Ghost is:

  • Michael Harrison Berg  – vocals, guitars
  • Jennifer Hartswick – vocals
  • Grant Tye – guitar
  • Greg Marsh – drums
  • Klem Hayes – bass

Official Video: Van Ghost : “Domino Effect”

 An Honest Tune interview with Van Ghost’s Berg & Hartswick

(with acoustic performance of “Domino Effect”)