Holiday Ghosts are today announcing “Total Crisis”, the latest single to be taken from their upcoming new album North Street Air, due May 21 via FatCat Records. The album can be pre-ordered here.
Holiday Ghosts – based in Brighton, via Falmouth, and comprised of drummer Katja Rackin and guitarist Sam Stacpoole – mine the works of eras past to cast the best of artists such as The Kinks, Violent Femmes, Alex Chilton and Modern Lovers as a backdrop onto which they deconstruct a myriad of social issues. Themes of breaking out of moulds and expectations whilst addressing displacement, disillusionment, and living in the midst of heavy advertising and commercial landscapes, spider their way through the new record.
Through the course of two previous singles, “Mr. Herandi” and “Off Grid”, they confronted themes of capitalism and social disconnection, respectively, telling their story from the perspective of what it feels like to be on the blunt end of years of cuts to key services, and tax breaks for the rich. New single “Total Crisis” was written by occasional member of the band Charlie Murphy, who said this about the song: “Total Crisis was written before the world descended into an actual total crisis. It’s about deciding whether you can live with a personal problem, or whether it should be the catalyst for a big change.”
Listen to “Total Crisis” on DSPs here
UK South coasters, relocating from West to East: Katja Rackin and Sam Stacpoole have been grafting and honing alone, away from the expertise of music producers and other governors since 2016. The result is unadulterated and unclean, unabashed and uncompromised. Through their love of artists such as The Kinks, Alex Chilton and The Nerves or any other artist who spends less time with the polishing cloth and more time with the power shower, Holiday Ghosts make music with a lean and primitive rock n roll spirit. Drums are stripped naked to the point of metronome status and no stomp boxes, nor cahons or didgeridoos could obscure the energy of guitars at their rawest.
In stories of landlords, steady jobs, wrong turns, short straws, sunny moods and city life, Kat and Sam share lead vocals alongside returning band-mate and song writer, Charlie Murphy, and a host of other musicians from Falmouth, Cornwall where the band began. Two albums in with Punk Slime Records and a casually bandcamped EP, Holiday Ghosts are back with their 3rd full length – North Street Air on FatCat Records (May 2021) – 12 songs of love, hate and everything in between.
Continuing about the album Katja Rackin says: “North Street is the busiest and most polluted feeling street in Brighton, and for 6 months that’s where we lived. Having the city center at your doorstep provides so many bizarre experiences and scenarios, so many weird and interesting people, continuous noise, and crowds.”
Holiday Ghosts – North Street Air track listing