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Thursday 14 October 2021

Holiday Ghosts: Brighton-Based Melodic Truth-Tellers Set For For A Brace Of Hometown Shows

Brighton-based Holiday Ghosts 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 myriad 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 aforementioned latest album.

Nowhere else on their current album North Street Air is the weight of capitalism on creative cultures more directly assessed than on recent single Mr. Herandi, a song about their landlord.

As Katja comments: 

"I was introduced to issues of social inequality at a really young age because my parents were political refugees and got me involved in debates and conversations that allowed me to question my surroundings and society. 

"Outside of music I do a lot of writing in response to current social issues. 

"I think my music does this in a more inward sense - it is often rooted in metaphorical themes of deconstructing pre-conceived ideas and naturally becomes a way for me to place myself within the surroundings that I"m so often critiquing."

Guitarist Sam adds: 

"This song started out as a joke folky country song I wrote almost on the spot. Just looping the chords and commenting on ways it felt like an unfair deal with our landlord/tenant situation. 

"The landlord is taking the stance of being completely oblivious to the standards of what he"s paid large sums monthly for whilst living abroad.

"All the lines are directly factual to the situation we were in at that point - and his name really is Mr Herandi. We also recorded it in his house which was directly above his letting agents."

Two albums in with Punk Slime Records and a casually Bandcamp-ed EP, Holiday Ghosts are back with their third full-length record – North Street Air twelve songs of love, hate and everything in between.

Talking about their inspiration for the latest album, Katja says: 

"North Street is the busiest and most polluted feeling street in Brighton - and for six months that's where we lived. 

"Having the city centre at your doorstep provides so many bizarre experiences and scenarios, so many weird and interesting people, continuous noise and crowds."

Holiday Ghosts play Brighton Patterns (Mutations Festival) on 4th November and Concorde 2, Brighton, on 10 December 2021. Click HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley


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