Today’s Track of the Day comes to us all the way from San Francisco, with Cool Ghouls delivering a fine track in the form of ‘Sundial,’ taken from their imminent third album ‘Animal Races.’
With proud roots in rock n’ roll, Cool Ghouls have refused to comply; with the quartet ensuring their third album remains just as gritty as its predecessors. The theme of love permeates ‘Sundial,’ the first track taken from their third album to be realised this summer. With jangly guitar and hazy vocals, it’s the perfect accompaniment to a lazy afternoon or a long summer evening.
GIGsoup caught up with Ryan to talk all things Cool Ghouls as the band gear up for a busy few months…
Without wanting to completely pigeonhole Cool Ghouls, how would you describe your sound? Would you slot yourself into a specific genre?
Hahaha well I think our sound comes from all over the place. First and foremost we’re rooted in rock n’ roll. Straight up no bullshit frills, but we’ll dip our toes into a lot of other things. We’ve been influenced from Coltrane’s ‘Ascension’ to Glen Campbell’s cheesiest.
Your third album ‘Animal Races’ is out in August. What are your expectations for the album how does it compare to your previous work to date?
I think we all feel that this is our strongest work to date. As players we’re all becoming more confident with our instruments and I think that comes off pretty strong on ‘Animal Races.’ Our focus right now is on playing live, a lot of these songs have the potential to stretch and twist in the live setting, so it’ll be fun to see where these all go.
Are the feelings of love and nostalgia that are present on ‘Sundial’ recurring themes throughout the album?
I think these are in all of our albums, but definitely more fleshed out on this one. A couple of us went through some tough breakups when we were writing this one, so naturally those feelings come out when we’re writing.
You’re touring the UK in September – how does coming over to these shores compare with playing gigs over in the States?
We’re all pretty excited to get over there to play and see what the vibe is. All we’ve heard are great things. I think it’s safe to say that touring in Europe is much more hospitable to musicians than in the US.
One of these is Liverpool’s Psych Festival – are you looking forward to playing this?
Really excited for this one. Some of our friends are playing this one so it’ll be great to see some familiar faces. Plus fuckin’ Silver Apples is playing…SILVER APPLES.
What does the rest of 2016 look like for you – do you have any other festivals lined up?
Touring hard and working on the next one.
‘Animal Races’ is out on the 19th August via Melodic Records.
This Track of the Day article was written by Natalie Whitehouse, a GIGsoup contributor.