26 October 2015

Ghost Signals - Trauma! Trauma! Trauma!

Whilst we are in a frenzy of activity due to the end of year polls coming up, late reviews, late releases and the Mercury Music Prize round up, you would be forgiven for thinking that we are trying to bite off more than we can chew; that might be the case (for me especially), but I will always try to find time to add more to the ever growing list.  The latest edition to the ever growing list is Ghost Signals; they hail from Newcastle upon Tyne and are composed of Andy Johnson, Rick Lanning and Mark Cliff. At present they have only completed a few gigs and this is their debut release, there was a limited number CD run which was given out at their last show.  This track has already been given radio play over here which is good to hear, but how does the song actually sound?

The sound of the band can best be described as Post Punk/Cure influenced indie rock from this song; a few months ago I reviewed a band called Publicist UK who did something a bit similar, but these guys have something that Publicist UK do not - it sounds natural and organic.  With this sort of music, you can tell if it is being done as a fashion statement or a joke - that is not the case with Ghost Signals.  It has a retro tone to some of the music for sure, but it does not sound like a tribute or unoriginal.  With this being a one track release, I sadly cannot give it a higher mark, but I really do like this song a lot.  It is an interesting and thought provoking song that deserves repeated listening and I look forward to future releases from Ghost Signals.

4 out of five - This is really good, just short of perfect

You can stream or download Trauma Trauma Trauma! on Soundcloud here

You can follow their activities on Facebook here

Obviously as they are a new act, this is not on Spotify, Deezer, etc - but you can listen to it on Soundcloud

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