When emerging London band Mouth of Ghosts tell us that their latest track was “their best attempt” at writing a James Bond theme tune, we rightfully got our hopes for something pretty epic.
So did they deliver? Well, yes, but more on that in a moment. The term ‘band’ is used fairly loosely with Mouth of Ghosts, given it’s the work of Simon Langford, who plays guitar, synth and drums, with a whole host of guest vocalists and musicians along the way. The main assistance comes from Silke, a singer who provides the delicious vocals on the aforementioned track Somebody Like You and other tracks on their impressive debut eponymous album.
Somebody Like You opens up with creeping descending violins over drawn-out synth, then a light guitar and drums come in through an eerie sounding verse of meandering vocals. It picks up in pace with the high-pitched, drawn-out vocals “As for me, I knew I should have trusted somebody like you, Oh silly me for loving you, How could I love somebody like you.”
Another laid-back verse, with echoey backing vocals, returns and builds to another intense chorus. Big powerful vocals then take over, with impressive high-pitched cries that feed into a big final chorus. It’s pretty epic stuff, give it a listen below:
The debut album is packed with equally powerful, atmospheric tracks, including the superb Home, which is again dominated by Silke’s vocals, particularly ending on huge cries of “Don’t forget about tomorrow,” and the darker, more intense Lost.
There is, however, a rockier edge to the band that comes across in the more lively lead single from the album, The Price. Heavier drums and looping atmospheric guitar licks support big high-pitched vocals, which build in intensity in a really cool edgy section that gives way to a final chorus. Check it out in the fun animated video below:
We had a chat with Simon to find out more about the band. Read on to find out more…
GR: Who are Mouth of Ghosts?
SL: “It’s just me. Originally the band started in 2012, released two EPs and toured the UK. In around 2015, that stopped and we took a pretty permanent hiatus. I always wanted to release an album under the name of the band, so flash forward to 2019 and here we are, releasing an album on Shunu Records.”
GR; You just released Somebody Like You. What should people be expecting from the song?
SL: “Big epic musical drama and tension! Big guitars, big drums and even bigger vocals. I also wanted to write a James Bond theme tune – I think this was the best attempt.”
GR: Sounds like a pretty epic ambition! Going back to the album, which is out now too, what should be expecting from it?
SL: “It’s a mix of sounds and influences and the songs were written either all in 2012 or in 2018m with nothing in the middle…as such there’s a big change in dynamic from song to song, so you’re on a journey.”
GR: How would you describe the Mouth of Ghosts sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
SL: “I’d like to think: Like a movie soundtrack, encompassing a range of feelings and emotions. At times it’s heavier and guitar-driven, at other times softer and piano-driven. There’s synths, there’s orchestral parts, there’s big alt-rock drums and the vocals are dramatic and at the front of the tracks.
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
SL: “I wish I knew. I didn’t write any music for ages…then loads came pretty quickly. There’s no particular themes. As there’s no band in the traditional sense I can follow whatever I feel at the time or be influenced by whatever I am listening to without other people trying to change that, which has made for a diverse record. I guess it’s safe to say it’s on the more melancholy end of the spectrum though.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
“Loads. I mostly listen to pretty extreme metal, though I’ve had a love of trip-hop bands and alternative rock bands for a long time. The songs mostly start with guitar or drum tracks… they don’t really come from any musical influence, just whatever I think sounds good at the time.
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?
“There’s going to be two singles and videos to support Somebody Like You and The Price. I’m just now finishing up a 4-track EP to release maybe later in the year or early 2020.”