Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Interview with Tom Lacey, The Ghost Of A Thousand

The Ghost Of A Thousand are looking forward to the release of their second studio album coming out on June 1st. A lot has changed since the release of their debut album back in 2007 and we caught up with Tom Lacey (Vocals) from TGOAT:

So are you all prepared for what looks like will be a very busy summer for ghost?
Always, we love being busy and to be honest we've not toured much in the last year so we're itching to get back on it.

What are you looking forward to most in the upcoming months?
Just playing all our new songs to new people, getting out into Europe has been one of our main goals since we started and we've now got the chance to finally achieve it. We're delighted to be playing so many big Euro festivals.

How come you have made the launch party gigs in London and Brighton free entry?
We're just nice like that...we want them to feel like parties rather than ego worshipping gigs so we just felt that making them free and giving away lots of free clobber would make people loosen up and come and say Hi more readily.

You’re playing the lockup stage at Reading and Leeds this year, even though you played in 2007 do you still get nervous about it? Especially with stories of bands being bottled off, etc?
If I get a bottle in the face it’s going straight back at the person who threw it, but fuck it man, if people want to come and cause trouble we're more than capable of handling ourselves ha ha! We're moving targets anyway so they'll have a tough time.

What can be expected from the upcoming album?
More riffs, more melody, more heart, and more good times. It’s a bleak fucking record in places but the end goal is to salvage some good from all the shitty things you have to deal with in this life, so hopefully that is portrayed well by the album.

It’s said to be ‘sadder’ than ‘This is where the fight begins’, in what way is it?

We had a really rough year personally the year we wrote it and alot of that seeped through into the music and lyrics...I try not to bring too much personal stuff into what we do but it was inevitable that it would become more apparent as we wrote the record so we just went with it.

Where did the name ‘New Hopes, New Demonstrations’ come from?

It’s about proving to other people that you can make a good thing of your life, hence the demonstrations part, the new hope is just trying to be optimistic about very negative things, it’s almost ironic because the last song on the record is pretty blunt and leaves you on a bit a of a downer, but we kept it just because that’s the kind of people we are, we have to try and put a positive spin on these things, it’s in our nature.

Do you have a favourite track from the album?

‘Knees, toes, teeth’ is my favourite at the moment just because it sounds like AC/DC if they listened to Converge as kids!

What was it like recording in Stockholm with Pelle Gunnerfeldt?
Pelle was an inspiration, a funny little dude, but we loved him and his beautiful studio. We had 5 weeks out there with no pool tables, no lounge, nothing, we'd just work all day and watch films at night until one by one we passed out. We work better without mates dropping in every second, so it was perfect.

What’s the weirdest thing to happen to you in the band so far?

It blows my mind that kids love our band and can get so passionate about us, that in itself is insane and humbling at the same time!

Listen to and keep up with The Ghost Of A Thousand on their

Damon Fowler

Comfort in Sound

No comments:

Post a Comment