Words: Ellie Ward
After building up local interest and putting out a rough demo of live favourite 'Trauma, Trauma, Trauma' - which sparked the interest of BBC Introducing - Newcastle's indie/dark-pop four-piece Ghost//Signals are about to release their debut single.
Out on July 17, Little Indie can bring you an advance listen in our premiere of 'Start Families:Avoid Hip Parties'. Whilst we're not sure if that is a statement or an instruction, we can see how the band say they are regularly compared to Pulp on the lyrical side - and a touch of The Cure on melodies.
"The inspiration behind 'Start Families:Avoid Hip Parties' mainly comes from society's expectations of 'growing older', vocalist Rick Lanning tells Little Indie, "and how the struggle against it becomes more real as time progresses. It's also a tongue in cheek way of documenting the advantages of doing so, though sometimes family commitments are the perfect get-out of clause from a party made up of disingenuous folks."
Take a listen below to the just under four minutes of 'Start Families:Avoid Hip Parties'. Filled with an urgent power pop vibrancy which is certain to have you tapping a foot or fingers on the rousing vocals of Lanning, golden guitar hooks and insistent beat.
Ghost//Signals are: Rick Lanning (vocals, guitars), Cole Gilroy (guitars), Andy Johnson (bass), Mark Cliff (drums).
11 Think:Tank Underground, Newcastle (single launch show)
09 The Tyne Bar, Newcastle
07 Black Bull, Gateshead
20 Gateshead Oxjam Takeover.