Organ Thing of The Day – we did point you in the direction of Ghost Car and their new single a few days back, there’s a video now, here it is, they are rather infectious, they’re probably good for you…
I got to run, paint to throw, here’s what the press release says…
“Ghost Car, the London-based international punk quartet, have announced their debut album ‘Truly Trash’ following their signing to One Little Independent Records. The riotous, quick-witted collection of 11 garage-rock bangers will be released on October 28th.
The album provides Ghost Car with a platform to rage against political injustices, as their unified battle cries attack patriarchal inequality, homophobia, racism and toxic relationships. ‘Truly Trash’ is a call to reclaim autonomy and to revolt against the powers that uphold an archaic nationalist system.
Grungy pop-punk anthem and lead single ‘Sex’ channels the likes of Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones, mixing with the bands amalgamated influences from 60’s girl groups to the explosive rock n’ roll of The Runaways.
Of the new video they say; “We asked our good friend, Simon Eaves, who is a director and also in the band Pleasure Complex, to direct this. We’ve always loved his style and knew he would send the song into another dimension, literally. The idea originally was to have Maeve as Kuntessa’s character but we all loved Kuntessa’s style as a performer and thought she brought a different kind of energy we really needed. She is that annoying person you’re stuck in a lift with, no awareness of personal space but also doesn’t give a sh*t. The concept is really just all of us slumming it in a lift, Clara, late for an interview, Laura, the psycho boss from hell, Maeve, the nonchalant grocery shopper and Cece as a depressed mechanic working in the building and then Scott, the weird male architect no one asked for. The idea was contextually different than the content of the lyrics, Simon’s idea was to really go into that feeling of headbanging to your favourite pop banger, there’s something really jumpy about the staccato chords we like. Then when we all hit the ground, we all lose it and get that euphoric full body feeling.
I suppose it’s about feeling really uptight, going to work, then clocking off, going to that gig, hearing music really loud, incredible. The euphoric part when the music goes a bit more extra-terrestrial was so fun to shoot, look at our hair! Our make-up! Our outfits! The making of it was pretty wild, Simon managed to pull it all together in 2 weeks, even sourcing a real elevator, real buttons to push, the ‘sex’ lift panel, real posters made by Maria De La O Garrido etc. The attention to detail was just incredible. So they rebuilt it for the set, and that’s us, in a real elevator, having existential breakdowns.”
Right out the gate ‘Truly Trash’ makes its intentions clear. Riff-heavy ballads rises in raw intensity as group harmonies build toward shoegaze noise-outs, and frenzied synth drags the sound in a 60’s psych direction. Call-and-response gang vocals permeate the entire record as back-to-back choruses keep energy levels at maximum, boasting huge glam guitars and caustic drums of pure fury.
“This album is our way to express what bothers us, from personal interactions to international politics. We wanted to explore different themes in a simple way so that they could be accessible to everyone.”
Originally the album was due to be released by Burger Records, however as accounts of sexual assault and exploitation of women by associates of the label came to light the band pulled out of the planned release. As activists for feminism and members of the LGBTQ+ community, Ghost Car practice what they preach, and aim to spread their mantra of inclusivity and equal rights as loud as possible.
Ghost Car aim to utilize their diversity to explore different writing styles, while expressing themes of openness and empowerment. They’ve been championed by the likes of Mickey Bradley (Undertones), Skin and Du Blonde, and were deeply inspired by the late Lyndell Mansfield. They’ve also grown as performers supporting the likes of Shonen Knife, Amyl and The Sniffers and Beth Ditto, while remaining a London headline mainstay”.
Previously on these fractured pages
STOP PRESS October 2022: The debut album is now out – ORGAN THING: Ghost Car’s debut album, just go go go, truly trashy, brilliant, thrilliant, vital, power to them, I love this band!