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GHOULS – ‘Run’ Album Review

GHOULS – Run

ghoulsLondon-based punk rock quintet, Ghouls, release their new 12 track album, Run on 5th May 2017 via 1471 Records.

Inspired by true stories from the daily grind of real life and the struggles faced in the modern day, the album encapsulates the challenges, thought processes and feelings of a group of young men coming of age.

The band has a very unique sound, in the zip-code of the Epitaph and “Fat” label bands in the US and this sound is on display with the opening track, Seasonal Affective where the chunky guitar chords are joined with an eclectic beat and vocals that fit perfectly.

Autophobia focuses on loneliness and personal relationships over an emo background with the added bonus of some horns! The brass section opens the third track, Better Places although the fuzzed out bass soon takes us into an edgy, rockier number. Ghouls try out some more ska infused beats with Facebook Friend where the horns and plaintive vocals create an atmosphere of longing and nihilism.

The band has a strong work ethic and an admirable DIY approach that embraces their fans and other bands that they play with. Their distinctive sound and songwriting approach sets them apart from most of the music out there right now. Tracks such as Salt, The Difference and Home are full of hooks and melody with an almost pop-punk accessibility.

Antagonist surprises with a dancy/funky rhythm replete with brass section showing another side to the band and they continue to display their diversity with Hard Days that is a super Frank Turner style crowd pleaser. On Expect Greater Things we are treated to some Spanish style acoustic guitar and vocals recorded in the bedroom but the Lo-Fi approach builds to a full on noise fest!

Closing with Oxycotin, Ghouls deliver an almost perfect three minute power punk rock song with contained power verses and a chorus demanding “gimmee more Oxytocin” – It’s a strong end to a strong and distinctive release.
‘RUN’ will be released on Friday 5th May through 1471 Records on 12 inch vinyl, CD and digital download: https://www.1471records.com/ghouls

 

GHOULS are:

Benedict Goold – Guitar and Lead vocals

Sam Mussell – Bass and backing vocals

Ben Maz – Saxophone

Russell Spencer – Trombone and backing vocals

Jay Swinstead – Drums

 

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