Love Ghost is an enigmatic Los Angeles-based group that has been making waves for some time with genre-bending music that is informed by both Seattle tradition and Soundcloud-era fearlessness. Frontman Finnegan Bell began playing guitar and singing at the age of eleven, soon opening SoundCloud and YouTube accounts to upload his own music and videos. He began playing acoustic shows in 2014 and subsequently founded Love Ghost.
As a quartet, Love Ghost have toured extensively, playing shows in major cities all over the world, while they have earned plaudits from US publications such as Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, American Songwriter and New Noise for their music that has included collaborations with artists from countries that include Mexico, Spain, Turkey, UK, Colombia, Germany and Russia.
They are now adding to that list of territories with ‘Payback’, a first single from a forthcoming album made with Swedish musician and producer Tim Skold. Best known for his work with Shotgun Messiah, KMFDM, Marilyn Manson and as a solo artist, Skold has recently been working as part of the duo Not My God (with Nero Bellum) and has also just toured with Front Line Assembly.
“I met Tim at the Viper Room [in LA] on Halloween night, after which everything magically fell into place,” explains Bell. “We had a few meetings and recorded ‘Payback’ in my band’s studio. Having just come out of a difficult relationship, I wanted to make a song about revenge, redemption and love gone astray. When I was writing the lyrics, Tim had some very interesting tips and production choices that really brought the song to life. SKOLD is a legend and I’m super grateful and excited to release this song and for everyone to hear it.”
Skold adds that “Love Ghost has a super natural flow to writing and performing so it’s pretty easy for me join in, step up and keep the action going. You don’t run into talent like this every day so it was obviously an opportunity I wanted to act on immediately. I’ve been around the block a few times, but I’m very excited about this collaboration and look forward to digging deeper into the full length album.”