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Q&A w/ Ghouls

In this day and age where anyone is pretty much able to pick up an instrument, what would you say sets your band apart from the rest? 

Our music is kind of non-genre. We have vibes from a whole slew of genres, punk rock, pop-punk, alternative punk, hip hop, and even heavier rock and metal stuff. We have horns but don’t play ska punk. It’s kind of a cool place to be as it means we get to play across a whole bunch of scenes without being locked into any. We get people digging us from all musical backgrounds at shows and thats cool AF. Whatever you’re into, give us a listen and there’s gonna be something for you. Genre is over!

Where are people able to hear your songs? 

All the usual places, just stick Ghouls into Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp etc and you’re sorted. If YouTubes your thing, then straight to youtube.com/ghoulsuk. We’ve just dropped a new track called ‘Internet Famous’, all about the horrors of social media.

What’s the best show you’ve been to this year?

Flat out, Menzingers / PUP / Cayetana at Shephards Bush Empire. Absolutley rad bands, and it felt like the whole London scene turned out for it. Friends everywhere we turned!

All touring bands know that no two venues are created equal. What are some of the best rooms you’ve played and why? 

We’ve been incredibly lucky to play tiny punk squat veunes, all the way up to 5,000 capacity mega rooms. They all have their charms and appeals! Brixton Academy in London was a massive venue and somewhere we’d always wanted to play, so that was pretty insane. There’s too many places for us to do them all justice, but some highlights have included Cross Club in Prague, a mad 24 hour never closing steampunk club, a sweaty co-operative run punx club in Munich called Rulps (literally the sound a burp makes in German) where we’ve had some mad parties (and a guy casually wanders round with a sword). We did a packed out show in Wilmington North Carolina on our very first USA tour that holds a special place in my heart. We were all pretty strung out when we got there, on the tail end of a huge tour, and it was the crazy pick me up show we needed at the time. We met some real characters that night! I could keep going. We’re looking forward to plaing some brand new venues this tour and getting to know each places unique charms!

Are you playing any shows anytime soon? 

We certainly are! We’ve got a national tour coming up, and it’s our first time over – see the dates and poster below. We’re out with Aussie natives Foxblood and couldn’t be more excited!

05.04 // PERTH // LAST NIGHT
06.04 // ADELAIDE // ENIGMA BAR
07.04 // MELBOURNE // BANG!=
10.04 // CANBERRA // THE BASEMENT
12.04 // SYDNEY // FACTORY FLOOR
14.04 // BRISBANE // NEW GLOBE THEATRE

Tix on sale here: www.inhalemusicproductions.com/

Favourite Simpsons episode? Discuss. 

You Only Move Twice. It’s a stone cold fact that Hank Scorpio is the finest one off character ever created in any Simpsons episode ever.

Are there any band photographers that you’re into and would love to be shot by? 

Having a photographer along for a tour is absolutley amazing. I got hold of a DSLR camera a year or so ago and i’m absolutley hopeless with it hahah. How they make that magic happen i have no clue! We’ve been lucky enough to be shot by a bunch of really talented shooters in out time as a band. Go check out Sean Shore Photography, Lies Praet Photography, Ben Walker, Nick Zimmer, Miranda Jayne, Neil McCarty, Jessica Pichon, Tash Greene, Graley Photography and man I could go on all day. On this tour we’re going to be joined by the amazing Dana Grace Hope – keep an eye on our and her socials for some rad pics!

What is your favourite track to perform live? 

I’m totally sure that every memeber of the band would have a different answer to this but mine would have to be either our current set intro of Expect Greater Things // Great Expectations, or Dive In. The former because it builds in a really crazy way and as soon as GE kicks in people are ready to GO OFF. The latter because people take the song title to heart and we get some crazy stage dives and bodies fly around. There’s even shots of me crowdsurfing while playing sax during this, which is pretty f***ing dumb but fun!

Recently, creating more diversity within the Aus music scene has been a high priority for event organisers and music curators everywhere, what changes have you personally seen and how have they affected you/your band? 

The same thing is happening within the DIY / Underground scene in the UK and we couldn’t be more behind it. There’s some awesomely diverse bands out there at the moment to check out on the UK scene, including Kamikaze Girls, Nervus, Personal Best, Happy Accidents, Peaness, and more. The alternative and DIY punk community is generally rad at being super inclusive, and the more comfortable and incuded people feel at shows, either on or off stage, is a great thing. Global politics and the state of the world right now feels as though intolerance and xenophobia is something that we really need to rage against, and it’s rad to see the alternative music scene helping the cause.

Tell us 3 bands that we should be listening to/be keeping an eye out for?

We’ve gotta give a huge shout to our brothers in Riskee and the Ridicule. They’re the best punk band active in the UK at the moment, smashing out a crazy mix of Punk, Grime, Spoken Word, Hip Hop, and Metal. Kamikaze Girls are another band we’ve spent a lot of time with, and they’re something else. You’ve really gotta see them live to fully experience their Fuzz/Grunge onslaught. Finally check out our tour support Foxblood – massive Architects-style riffs to melt your faces.

Anything Else you’d like to add?

Come hang out with us in April at a show, come say hi, tell us some cool stuff we’ve GOT to do while we’re here in Oz!

Ghouls are on tour in Australia through April: