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Hungry Ghosts

On an off night in Melbourne on Sonic Youth's 98 Australian tour, Steve Shelley and Luc Suer set out to hear ex- BirthdayParty and These Immortal Souls stalwart Rowland S. Howard play a local pub. They missed the man but caught hisyoungproteges: Hungry Ghosts, a trio of dour lads who proceeded to blow the doors off the place with a wild storm offlickeringFender sparkle, Jaguar growl, bass drum boom, and minimal martial snare. That show and their self-released EP were impressive enough to prompt an invitation from Steve to come up from downunderto make a new record. So in June 99 th ...read more

On an off night in Melbourne on Sonic Youth's 98 Australian tour, Steve Shelley and Luc Suer set out to hear ex- BirthdayParty and These Immortal Souls stalwart Rowland S. Howard play a local pub. They missed the man but caught hisyoungproteges: Hungry Ghosts, a trio of dour lads who proceeded to blow the doors off the place with a wild storm offlickeringFender sparkle, Jaguar growl, bass drum boom, and minimal martial snare. That show and their self-released EP were impressive enough to prompt an invitation from Steve to come up from downunderto make a new record. So in June 99 the band set up shop at Tribeca Recording, with Steve producing and Lucengineering,and cut 15 tracks of sweet outback soul, dusty red ballads that drip, curl, and spark. Initial listens will prove the Ghosts have expertly absorbed the ruff wailing waltzes and swoopingly tidal minor movementsoftheir countrymen the Dirty Three (not to mention the barroom baroque of the Boys Next Door brood: Birthday Party,BadSeeds, These Immortal Souls, etc). Subsequent listens yield grander rewards they've significantly expanded this palettebyusing equal measures of conventional chops and avant technical antics; liberally rotating instruments including electricandacoustic guitars, a wide range of tuned percussion, trap kit, fiddle, accordion, organ; and deftly deploying elementsofSpanish, Eastern European, Middle Eastern South East Asian and American idioms. The result is a unique brand ofcombustivefolk music, where primitive punk roots patrol a more mature Morricone/Badalamenti beat. Finally, after almost 13 years of silence(they broke up in 2001) they have start recording again together. Their albumsareavailable at hungry-ghosts.bandcamp.com. Instrumental group from Melbourne, Australia : J.P. Shilo, Tim Howden, Jason Boneham, with Nancy Lam (1998- 2000)SteveBoyle (96-98). Taken from Smell Like Records. « hide

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LPs
Alone, Alone
2000

4.2
93 Votes
Hungry Ghosts
1997

3.9
19 Votes
EPs
Hungry Ghosts EP
1997

3.3
6 Votes

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