Ghosts and Vodka was an instrumental math rock band from Chicago, known for their impressive technical skills. The band was made up of guitarist Victor Villareal (ex-Cap'n Jazz), guitarist Sam Zurick (ex-Cap'n Jazz, currently in Joan of Arc and Make Believe), bassist Erik Bocek (ex-Tetsuo, ex-Joan of Arc) and drummer Scott Shellhammer (ex-Tetsuo, currently in American Heritage). The band formed after Bocek and Zurick ran into Villareal and Shellhammer at a Sky Corvair reunion show in 1998. Bocek and Zurick were both members of Joan of Arc at the time but quit shortly after joining up with Villareal and Shellhammer (Zurick would return to Joan of Arc several years later) . Ghosts and Vodka ceased playing sometime in 2001 after Villareal and Zurick opted to concentrate on Owls, which saw them reuniting with their ex-Cap'n Jazz bandmates Mike and Tim Kinsella. In 2003, the Sixgunlover label compiled the group's full anthology onto one CD.