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The Ghost Hotel
Whiskeytown, wilco, Teenage Fanclub
Congratulations to The Ghost Hotel from Perth who will flown to Newcastle to play the opening set of Powderfinger's last ever tour! The Ghost Hotel are a five-piece band of multi-instrumentalists who share lead vocal duties and feature some of the Perth's most respected songwriters.
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Interview: 12 July 2010
Tell us about your music – how did you develop your sound?
The Ghost Hotel has a little bit of the alt.country about it but owes plenty to indie rock, which is mostly what we grew up listening to and playing. Everyone in this band has played in different bands around Perth for years and knew each other from the scene long before we ever started the group so I suppose we had a lot of common influences that were starting to come through in our music and that drew us together.
Ghosties basically have three frontmen, we all write and we take turns singing the songs. When we first got together it was essentially three guys who were playing acoustic singer/songwriter type stuff and helping each other out with the arrangements. There’s five of us now and it’s very much a band, we haven’t ditched the acoustic guitar completely but we have been getting louder ever since and we now know whether a song is ‘Ghostie’ enough to go into the set. As the band’s gone along we’ve started to find a sound I hope makes the music consistent even though the lead vocal is shifting around. The three guitar thing is part of that, it lets us do harmony parts and engage in some splendid noise making when the mood takes us.
Tell us how you feel about being selected out of all the bands on Unearthed to support Powderfinger?
Umm…shocked, delighted and a little bit freaked out, it’s just a massive thing to be involved with - the ‘fingers farewell. When we got the call from our manager there was a lot of “What the fuck?!” going on, that’s for sure.
Tell us about what the audience can expect when you take the stage.
They can expect to see five of the widest grins ever to grace a venue I would imagine, possibly some bemused head shaking also.
We’ll serve up some noisy, country-tinged rock, maybe a ballad or two and see if we can’t pick up some new fans for ourselves. I’m hoping everyone has a listen to the EP, particularly Let Your Hand Be Your Guide – I’d love to hear a few thousand people help us out with those chorus vocals!
What’s coming up in the future?
We’ll be recording a ‘double A side’ next month, and play a few shows supporting it. After that we’ll start to focus on writing the album. Because we have members who play in other bands (Capital City, Red Jezebel) we have to pick our moments so that will more likely be early next year.
In the meantime we’ll just be honing our skills for Newcastle!
Australian music is?
Full of suprises…
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