Los Angeles rock band Love Ghost offer up an enticing concoction of various sounds and styles in one deliciously finessed, eerie yet engaging sound.
They’ve honed an intriguing rock sound that leaps between styles within songs, let alone on different tracks, but somehow make it work – such as a really cool stabbing violin instrumental section on their track Quiet Voices. This ability to mix things up has seen Love Ghost lauded with several awards, but the band also excels in making videos to support their music, and has won a whole host of awards for them over the last few years.
The band sent us latest single Dead Brother to have a listen to, and it’s eerie, creepy but brilliant. It opens up with a funky bassline and light drums then a spacey synth sound drops into a verse of frontman Finnegan Bell’s unsettling vocals “I killed my brother last night, I stabbed him twice with a knife, It was a thing that felt right, He went down without a fight.”
It drops into drawn-out vocals “Love you, hate you, Trust you, doubt you” in a chorus that epitomises the track’s very 90s rock vibe. And the second verse deepens the darkness with the lines “I killed my brother last night, I ate his remains, Thanks for all the abuse, Now my screws are all lose, I killed that, I killed that, I killed that motherfucker, I used to call him brother” then drops into another atmospheric chorus.
A rumbling bassline takes over, then chugging guitars join in as it builds up then suddenly drops out to end the track. Give it a listen below:
The band does offer more upbeat music though, such as Mr. Blue, which opens up with cool call and answer guitars. They continue under light vocals that build up to a big singalong chorus that gives way to a funky little violin ditty. Give it a listen below:
Then there’s the lively Let It All Burn, which begins with building guitars and drums then engaging vocals “Burn, burn, let it all burn” take over. Edgy high-pitched guitars come, in, then drop out leaving just Finnegan’s vocals, which builds up to a catchy chorus. The video won a whole host of awards, so watch it below:
We had a chat with lead vocalist and guitarist Finnegan Bell to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Love Ghost?
FB: “Love Ghost is an alternative rock band with beats, we are from Los Angeles, California. We’ve been making music for 5 years, but this line up has only been together for 8 months. The bass player Ryan and I have been doing this for 4 years, the drummer Samson for 2-and-a-half. Cory and Nicky are recent additions. We really just linked up through mutual homies.”
GR: You just released Dead Brother. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
FB: “People should listen to Dead Brother with an open mind, you can expect a dark, brooding, and groovy hard rock song. it was inspired by a dream/nightmare I had and I really played to the horror aspect of it.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
FB: “Our sound has really changed over the years, but for the music that we’ll be releasing throughout this year is best described as trap rock. We can’t wait to release it.
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
FB: “For me, writing music is really a coping process. I’ve gone through some fucked up things, and I want to be that voice for someone going through adversity in their life. I want people to not feel alone in their struggles. I wanna change the world, and really give a voice to components of mental health.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
FB: “I take inspiration from all across the board, my main musical influences are rock and hip-hop/trap. I grew up with Nirvana, Radiohead, Elliott Smith, Alice in Chains to name a few. But in my teenage years, I felt really inspired by the Soundcloud community and young artists that were doing it through the Internet. Bones, Juice Wrld, Lil Peep, I love all those guys.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
FB: “We have hella songs in the pipeline, we’re definitely sitting on a few gems right now, and I’m really proud of them. We made all this new music on a laptop in a garage, and it’s amazing. We’re also setting up an April west coast tour and we have a headlining show at The Moroccan Lounge on 11 April.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
FB: “A lot of the money we make goes into feeding our brothers and sisters on Skid Row.”