ALBUM: The Ghost Of A Thousand – New Hopes, New Demonstrations

Release Date: June 1st, 2009
Label: Epitaph
Rating: 8/10

Website: www.theghostofathousand.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/theghostofathousand

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In 2007, The Ghost Of A Thousand tore up the British punk scene with their debut effort ‘This Is Where The Fight Begins’. The Brighton boys weren’t afraid of pushing musical boundaries and their interpretation of hardcore punk was welcomed with open arms. Two years later and the quintet release sophomore album ‘New Hopes, New Demonstrations’. The band wanted to create a record that was “weird and dark” and felt that producer Pelle Gunnefeldt (Refused, The Hives) had the ability to bring out a much more sinister side to them.

This record is a whirlwind of emotions from start to finish, and I’m pleased to find that there is a range of diversity and variety track after track. Opener ‘Moved As Mountains, Dreamt By The Sea’ is a superb start to the album, welcomed by Lacey‘s immense vocals, the song showcases the band’s familiar hardcore sound we’ve all come to know and love. However the quintet make it very clear early on in the record that they are not afraid to experiment. ‘Split The Atom’ showcases the group in a very different light, they are pushing towards the alternative rock genre and somehow manage to pull it off with great success. ‘Knees, Toes, Teeth’ stands out like a sore thumb – if fellow UK punk band Gallows and rock n roll legend Bruce Springsteen were to ever team up, this is close to what it would sound like. Another noticable change is the intensification in lyrics. Don’t get me wrong, the songwriting skills used on This Is Where The Fight Begins were witty, but it’s clear to see that they have improved a great deal over the past two years. You can’t help but notice the constant reference to oceanic imagery – it must be all that seaside air down south.

‘New Hopes, New Demonstrations’ is a memorable album with strong music and sturdy lyrics, and seemingly the Brighton five-piece can do no wrong. The Ghost Of A Thousand have once again destroyed any expectations of them sticking to a particular style of music and staying to common and safe ground. The noticeable change in sound throughout the album is symbolic of a band who have progressed, and leaves them hard to categorise them into just one genre. Lacey was very right in saying “… the perception of us as a band within a scene will be blown apart now”. I can’t even begin to imagine what album number three will sound like!

Written by Kate Rees