Dead Ghosts are part of that highly fertile garage-punk-psych-indie-pop scene, having toured with plenty of the leading lights and being released on Burger Records. Love And Death And All The Rest is their third album, and it features (a little) less aggression and plenty of fine tunes. And some delicious guitar tones.
7/10 Robin Staff review, 05 November 2015
Feels good to be back in the office after two long weeks not typing the word psych into a word doc. It really does. So yeah: how are you? What did you do for Halloween? Did you dress as surf or did you spook people with your wah pedals? It’s all cool either way, and we can put the fear behind us: Dead Ghosts are here to have a real good time with their fuzzed up garage, echoing the way the Cairo Gang echo the Sound of the ‘60s from a distance. The guitars: nice. The basslines: a li’l cheeky. The name of the game: mid-tempo madness!
‘Love and Death and All The Best’ is one of the brightest records of its type this year, eschewing the showy tricks similar bands such as Tijuana Panthers have employed, instead going for a throwback vibe that echoes the Men circa ‘New Moon’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’: imagine a ramshackle, lo-fi kinda garage rock that’s indebted to Tom Petty. Dead Ghosts’ sense of fun is thankfully infectious: “Rat Race” ends on “ey ey!” chants, as if the Ramones were just your pals, while “Upside Down” slows down for an old-school ballad, full of lethargic strums and Beach Boys harmonies: I don’t know what asking someone out for the prom is like, but I imagine this song, with all its feelings and pining for a darlin’, is very pre-prom.
For those looking for the echo effect and the rollicking grooves, they happen: they’re just punctuated with cool cadences and slick choruses. “Good Love (Is Not Free)” keeps steady time as the guitar billows squeakily down the frets. Indie pop didn’t exist a few decades ago so this one’s making up for lost time.
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