Summer vibes for a Winter’s day.
Ghost Wave NYC / Interview
Not to be confused with the witch house genre of electronic music (which sometimes goes under the ghost wave tag), the band Ghost Wave is a New Zealand power trio. It’s inspired by ’80s bands on the Flying Nun record label, as well as the ’60s British Invasion and some ’70s recordings by Lee “Scratch” Perry. Ghost Wave’s 2012 eponymous EP opens with a reverberated electric guitar picking over scratchy vinyl fidelity before the rhythm section ignites and “Sounds” plays with an early-‘80s authenticity. “On a Breeze” shimmers with twangy surf-guitar tones that recall ‘60s bands like The Sunrays and The Ventures, as well as more contemporary hodad-rockers like Ty Segall, Allah-Las, and Wavves. The sunny “Gold” is a mellower tune with a Byrdsy jangle and three-part nasal-toned, vocal harmonies reminiscent of early Beachwood Sparks. “Sunsetter” cranks up the reverb on the guitars as the bass plays a little higher than usual on the fretboard over a driving beat that culminates in a sound that would work well opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre.
2. On a Breeze
5. Mood Ring
SEE YOU IN 2013
shows we have booked:
January 11 - 13 … Chronophonium (local music and art party set up by Carl who does our visuals and others… music from across NZ)
January 19 … Mighty Mighty (WGTN)
January 25 … Whammy Bar (AKL) with “Gang of Four” and High Society
January 26 … “Laneway Presents” Silo Sessions with a bunch of bands (can’t remember who right now) / Downtown Auckland