Black Ghosts: Get Spooked
- Words: Tomas Palermo
It’s getting close to Halloween, and some scary-good music is starting to creep our way. Thanks to the break-up of indie band Simian, two great projects have emerged from its corpse: the on-every-hipster’s-lips Simian Mobile Disco and a second, equally good offshoot, Black Ghosts.
Some of you may have caught their sick single “Any Way You Choose to Give It” with Playgroup’s nasty Baltimore breaks mix on Norman Cook’s Southern Fried imprint. One thing’s for sure–Black Ghosts’s Simon Lord and Theo Keating (formerly of Simian and The Wiseguys, respectively) can rock the funky beats and sing. They have a knack for combining dance-punk, indie-pop, and electro-breaks, and somehow do it without sounding lame.
Now signed to a U.S. deal via IAM Sound, the limey wraiths’ debut EP will drop into your goodie bag on October 31. The four-track EP features the original mix of “Any Way…” plus the infectious electro-goth ditty “I Want Nothing,” sure to be an iPod mainstay for the black-bangs-over-eyes crowd. “Full Moon” is a moody mid-tempo ballad made for smoking cigarettes on the front porch at midnight.
The EP is rounded out with the vaguely Crowded House-sounding “Something New.” Don’t let the comparison throw you, though–Black Ghosts are uncommon pop-geniuses with a knack for catchy songs that avoid clichés. And if you’re too cool for that, then just check the band’s specialty site made for dance snobs like us, Black Ghost Remixes, where you can get your fill of BG’s reworks of The Gossip, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Skream, plus Plastician’s and Wajeed’s remixes of the Ghosts! Scary!
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