Cool Ghous – ‘Animal Races’
19th August 2016 on Melodic Records
Live dates including Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia (below)
As West-Coast gentrification washes a wave of loud and gritty garage bands away from San Francisco, Cool Ghouls stand strong. Just like the most revered, political records of the 60s and 70s, their third album Animal Races channels the past, the present and the future with an authentically fresh psych-rock take on American society through its own neo-cosmic language.
“San Francisco has always been great and hopefully always will be but these days there are things we despise,” tells Ghoul guitarist and vocalist Pat McDonald, “the lifestyle The Bay once afforded artists has been decimated. This gold-rush of the tech industry is forcing prices up and it’s been a flood of bullshit. Some people are being forcibly displaced, others are disheartened and leave by choice, but San Francisco isn’t dead until you let it die in your heart.”
Those who fell for the raw, primitive sound of 2014’s long-player A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye ( Empty Cellar Records / Burger Records) , will be pleasantly surprised by the Ghouls’ latest evolution in sound on Amimal Races. This time recorded with melodic maestro Kelley Stoltz in his backyard Electric Duck studio, the album was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control / Eddy Current Suppression Ring), and features full-colour artwork by Shannon Shaw of Shannon and The Clams.
“We chose the title because the song’s lyrics are a broad characterization of society. So any track on the album, whether it be about love, personal growth, death or whatever, takes place in the setting of the ‘animal races'” says Pat M, while speaking on lead track ‘Sundial’ “It’s about that certain beautiful twinge of pain you feel when nostalgia and regret stumble upon an old love you keep stowed away in the basement of your heart”.
It’s impossible to separate Cool Ghouls from their adopted hometown. The place where Gram Parsons’ Flying Burrito Brothers unwittingly inspired lesser-known followers of the Cosmic American gospel to commit readings to tape, Cool Ghouls slot right in the city’s rich musical lineage. The perfect antidote for San Francisco’s current state of mind, providing the real-life soundtrack whilst not letting the city’s culture be burned to the ground.
20/09/2016 – Sticky Mike’s Frog – Brighton
21/09/2016 – The Black Prince – Northampton
22/09/2016 – Birthday’s – Dalston – London
23/09/2016 – Liverpool Psych Festival – Liverpool
24/09/2016 – Picture House Social – Sheffield
25/09/2016 – The Eagle Inn – Manchester
01. Animal Races
03. Time Capsule
04. When You Were Gone
06. Just Like Me
07. The Man
08. Brown Bag
09. Never You Mind
10. Material love