Meet Los Angeles band United Ghosts. The band blends a seemingly dizzying collection of influences that range from Kraut-rock and electro to classic psychedelia and shoegaze into a cohesive sound that celebrates its influences, while keeping one eye firmly set towards the future.
Initially conceived as a loose garage-studio project by founding members and co-vocalists Sha Sabi and Axel Steuerwald, United Ghosts quickly developed into a fully-fledged band with the inclusion of drummer Sean Burgess and guitar player Jason O.
United Ghosts released its debut 7", “Holes Into the Night” in November 2011. With its propulsive Kraut-rock beat and blissful, yet haunting melodic textures, "Holes…" quickly made waves in the blogosphere, and despite its late-in-the-year release, made a number of "Best of 2011" lists, from Buzzbands LA and LA Record to NYC's Indie Darkroom, and garnered attention and favorable reviews worldwide. The accompanying video expanded on the track’s alluring Lost Highway ambience, and can be seen on NME.com as well as YouTube.
Radio acclaim soon followed, most recently by UK indie maven Steve Lamaq on BBC 6music. Los Angeles DJ Nic Harcourt, formerly host of the legendary “Morning Becomes Eclectic”, had already made the track his “Daily Connection” granting three spins a day for a week, and New York City DJ Steve Newcastle of Dream Wave Radio, 87.7FM had “Holes…” as no. 3 in the station's best tracks of the year list. Energized by the positive response, the band returned to the studio to work on a full-length album.
“We want to explore a different side of LA,” says Steuerwald, “the side we know. It's not all sunshine and gloss. There's a hazy, murky, electric-night-pulse to this place that is really interesting. Where sometimes the dream goes astray, takes a wrong turn and gets lost in the lights.”
The album is slated for a fall/winter '12 release, followed by the band taking their visceral show on the road. As they continue to chart their course, United Ghosts welcome listeners to their hazy, dynamic world.
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