It’s a solid set of five songs that harken back to the early days of the genre. Musically these guys would fit right in with circa 2003 Underoath and Saosin. They’re putting down melodic tunes with a heavy twist. By the end of the EP I found myself searching for the repeat button just so I could sing along again to the catchy hooks. When these guys want to go heavy they definitely do, but it never goes overboard they know their comfort zone and rock it. Even the heavy parts still flow smoothly and become catchy.
My favorite track on this album is Les Enfants Terribles. It strikes the perfect blend of styles and is representative of not only what the band can do but what the genre will be. It’s easily the catchiest tune on this EP as well as the most striking. They know how to write a hook as well as handle emotional subjects very well.
The Closest Thing To Closure may not be treading new ground but it does what it does so very well. The post hardcore genre is one that is so saturated with talented bands that have come and gone. It’s clear that Ghosts Again know the genre well and make it work. It may only be five songs, but don’t sleep on this band, I for one can’t wait to hear what they do with a full length album.
Read an interview with the band below!
So first off introduce yourselves, who is Ghosts Again?
We've got Alex on vocals and guitar, Brandon playing bass, Arun on drums, and Matt playing guitar.
Where did the name come from, how did the band start?
Alex came up with the name after probably weeks of trying to find something that everyone could go with. Ghosts Again was the only one we could all agree on and it stuck. The band started out of the ashes of some former projects about a year ago and we've been running with it since.
What went into writing this album? Where did you draw inspiration from?
It was a really collaborative effort from everyone. We wrote all of The Closest Thing to Closure piece by piece, bar by bar, sending demos back and forth for months until we got every part of it to where we wanted it. As far as inspiration it's pretty tough to say just one place- we're all always listening to all kinds of different music.
You guys just released a video from Relive/Revive what’s the story behind the video?
Well we spent a lot of time trying to come up with something simple that could sort of illustrate what the lyrics are about. In the end, we came to something that basically is just Alex dealing with depression and loss, coming to terms with that and picking himself up to move on.
Will you be touring to support the release the new EP?
So far we're mostly just looking at one off shows here and there but we'd certainly be open to the possibility of touring.
What can we expect next from Ghost Again?
You can expect the next release to sound absolutely nothing like Closure. We all love that EP to death but we've got some surprises up our sleeves.
When not throwing down Post hardcore tracks what does Ghosts Again like to do?
Well we all work as much as we can to support ourselves and the band. But on any given day you can probably find Alex and Brandon playing with their dogs, Arun making guacamole, and Matt skating or sleeping.
Anything else you guys want to say?
If you're reading this we'd just like to take a moment to say thank you for supporting us in any way at all. Whether it's just reading this interview, or it's buying the EP, or even just checking out the new video- thank you so much.