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Ghosts of Electricity - Don´t Try EP (2013)

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Where did New Zealand go? Bars without fights, a rugby team full of pricks, unfinished scoops of chips. Jesus Christ. Where, you ask, looking around to see a people with more smooth edges than rough. With more fellatio than fuck-you. Something has shifted. Three men heard those gears change. Three Ghosts. Ghosts, not just of a way of life, but of a sound with all the perspective and clarity a man can get from four handles of piss.

A sound that's more a movement. That familiar drunken lurch. Ah, it's got the bite, that anger, that frustration. A sound born in that total-booze wander home from the pub at Uni, alone again, to a cold flat and a wank. A sound crafted sitting in a car in South Auckland, a drop-out in a labouring job, a shitty service station pie for lunch. A sound honed sitting in front of ten thousand work computers, wasting time on the net before knock-off rolls round. Of weekends hung-over when the neighbour's lawnmower never fucking turns off. Hear it in Tim Fowler's gritty frets and brutally romantic growl, Watts reborn a Tron-ite; Vince Langdon and his roll on the skins; Winston Shadbolt, heavy fucking metal, and fingers that dance on bass.

This is the sound of the real New Zealand, the poetry of a generation of wandering Kiwis, staggering home too, wondering what the hell happened. You can keep your Silver Scrolls, your guest spots on Good Morning. Give them to someone else in that soft-cock army content with irony and a Stella in a Newmarket bar. Give them to someone who doesn't really get it. The Ghosts do. Ah, a group, their sound torsades de pointes, with staggering conviction, with drive. Unafraid to take a swing, unafraid to miss and fall back down on their ass, knowing that that really is this fucking country.

This is the sound of Ghosts of Electricity.

Written by Ben Stanley


released April 10, 2013



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