Alt-rock power trio Loud Ghost, made up of Mark Hussey on drums, Sam Taylor on bass and songwriter Darryn Paterson-Harkness on vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion, would have slotted into the ’90s grunge era perfectly, when attitude mattered more than production or technique. Burgeoning angst is palpable from the opening track and their album maintains the infectious enthusiasm through its short 25 minute journey. Fire Up is a great opener with energy and hooks galore. After a relentless three tracks Take A Ride contrasts perfectly while still retaining the intensity. Another Lie is unabashedly raw and therein lies this band’s appeal.
The most impressive aspect of the album is the band’s consistency in style. They clearly are not trying to be anything they aren’t and deliver simple songs with lots of passion. Fire Up has a great reverse technique video online and the synching of lyric prompts and visual is well executed. Heads up indie rock fans, this Auckland three-piece is well worth a listen.