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Cool Ghouls

June 13, 2017


LISTEN & SHARE: Cool Ghouls – “Gord’s Horse”

“…using a stomp, tone and timbre that is throwback in the best of ways, combining harmonized vocals with a swagger and twang ready to blare out of a protest bus. By nailing that retro approach with a hummable and killer melody, “Gord’s Horse” sounds like it’s built for singing around a campfire.”

“The SF band touch on classic 60s rock like The Byrds, CSNY, and more, astonishing their way through multi-part harmonies.”
– Noisey

Today, San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls share their new single “Gord’s Horse”, from their upcoming tour only cassette, on CLRVYNT. The band will be touring North America this May & June. Dates for their shows are listed below. Keep your eye out for Cool Ghouls as the year goes on, the band plans to release new music soon!

Cool Ghouls is a rock’n’roll band from San Francisco on Empty Cellar Records. A band for playing rock’n’roll – that electric American folk art – without pretense. Think of rock’n’roll less as a genre and more as an action. A ritual performed with electric guitars and a drum kit to conjure a certain youthful spirit.

Inevitably, when listening to Cool Ghouls, you may recall performers of the past, other summoners of this same spirit, whose fingers were also channels through which rock’n’roll was made physical. But this band’s purpose is not to reference, fetishize, or even celebrate these incarnations of rock’n’roll that came before them. Their intention is to animate their medium – bring to life the inanimate framework that is rock’n’roll. Get the kids dancing. Get the floor at the house party to cave in. Not to sound like a rock’n’roll band, but to do what a rock’n’roll band does. A band for playing rock’n’roll.

It’s something the Ghouls know they have not yet entirely mastered. (How many of the numerous outfits playing these days have?) While they’ve certainly managed to convince audiences aplenty around the globe of their prowess, they are ever honing their blade. Refining an approach, learning to listen more keenly, seeing beyond bullshit, really getting at the essence of not only rock’n’roll, but of that which exists between four unique players – it’s a task to keep a body busy for a lifetime. A kind of four-way collective self-actualization.

You might not hear all of this in a Cool Ghouls track. That might be because there’s something about rock’n’roll that you’re missing. That might be because there’s something about Cool Ghouls that you’re missing. Or it might be because the Ghouls have not yet distilled the eternal powers from which they draw into an expression that your ears understand. But make no mistake, this is music about and for the here and now.

They have toured the world and released 3 full-length albums: Cool Ghouls, A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye, and Animal Races.