Sounds From The Other City

April 20, 2011

A chat with… Ghost Outfit

Some bands come out of nowhere – Ghost Outfit came out of the remains of another, ridiculously boring band. Slimmed down to a two piece, they take to the stage and absolutely rip up any venue that puts them on. Whilst Salford prepares for the clean-up job that’ll doubtlessly need to follow their noise-pop antics, Jack took the time to have a chit-chat with us:

You’re part of Ghost Outfit. For the uninitiated, explain what you’re all about:

Ghost Outfit is me and Mike Benson.  We started the band in its current form early last year after playing for a long while as a three and four piece.  Our bassist left and we just decided to see how well we could pull off being a two-piece.  One of the things we were keen not to do is fall into the same old cliches that a lot of guitar & drums duos seem to prescribe to, but instead continue with our shoegaze, alternative and noise rock influences without being hampered by the limitations of two people.  Anyone coming to see us live for the first time may be surprised at just how big we can sound.

You played a show on a bus recently, what was that like?

Actually lots of fun. The idea for the show started off as a simple acoustic session for Manchester music filmmakers MCR Scenewipe. However the concept seemed too good to waste on a one song session, and the idea quickly turned into a invited acoustic gig. We work pretty well under pressure, and I think we managed to pull a fairly interesting acoustic set out of the bag, considering our usual live sound is a long way away from acoustic. Really glad we did it now, and we’ve made some great friends in the Scenewipe guys.

Anything you’re particularly looking forward to at this year’s festival?

Both me and Mike are really looking forward to Those Dancing Days. Also looking forward to Money, Creep and Girls Names especially, as well as bound-to-be-great-sets from our pals Patterns, Weird Era, Louche FC, With That Knife etc. And of course, we’re looking forward to actually playing the festival, its our first one, and on my birthday too! Going to be pretty special.

What can we expect in the future from the band?

Well, we’re just become part of Salford’s very own Sways Records, and we’ve got some pretty interesting plans for upcoming releases with them. In terms of our near-future releases, people can hopefully expect to hear a little more of our shoegaze and alternative rock influences coming through. Also, exciting plans for September this year are being formulated, should be a good time, and not just for us.

Anything else we should know?

All polar bears are left handed.

Cheers Jack!