RIYL: Thee oh Sees, the Monks, Allah-Las, the Byrds, Jefferson Airplane
Label: Empty Cellar
Hello fellow foxes and sly vinyl buyers.
Just like me, Cool Ghouls are back!
We wrote about their last LP back in 2014 and everyone at Sy HQ was completely blown away by the feel of their sweet sweet California rock n roll which is mixed ever so tastefully with just the right amount of 60’s psych.
This is a pre order for their newest LP, Animal Races. Not only does it have some killer tunes and some neat-o artwork but this release is limited to only 1,000 copies in total. That’s 300 on translucent blue and 700 on black.
Take a listen to track Sundial below and then hit that buy link tout suite!
"â€śSundial,â€ť premiering below, takes the bandâ€™s sound a step further. Its melodies are simple and near-perfect, its guitars jangly and unembellished. Itâ€™s distinctly West Coast in its feel, but itâ€™s also the sound of a band that are increasingly their own."
"The track practically pools with cool water harmonies and warm breezes and every note is ready to tug at a the heart with just a subtle twinge of nostalgia for lazy days with nothing to do but watch the waves. No doubt this is just the first thread to pull before the rest of the album unravels in cascades of sunny West Coast pop goodness." - Raven Sings The Blues
Empty Cellar Records is stoked to announce the third full-length release by San Francisco's Cool Ghouls, Animal Races. Fans of their self-titled debut and 2014's A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye will be similarly stoked to hear how this band has continued to evolve. If the first album was a celebratory debut, and the second an earnest venture into deeper waters... this third album is like the crystal born of the murky womb that was the second, fertilized by the initial intention of the first. Not only have the ghouls reaped the crop they sowed; theyâ€™ve baked it into some new kind of bread!
For the uninitiated - Cool Ghouls play rock'n'roll. That's about all there is to it. They're California natives. They try to do a good job. They like to try to elevate and get far out. They also like to keep it real. They like to make friends and have a good time. They don't like bullshit. They want to keep growing and learning how to become more powerful musicians. This record reflects the discoveries theyâ€™ve made over the last five years about live performance, themselves, and each other.
The eleven tracks, recorded to tape by Kelley Stoltz in his backyard studio and mixed/mastered by Mikey Young (Total Control etc.), are first and foremost documents of the four-piece's live performance of the tunes. Many of the songs were road-tested, but - unlike the prior records - a few of them were not. This opened the door for some new looks: an acoustic guitar, some synth, upright piano, a little pedal steel wizardry from Tom Heyman, etc. Itâ€™s Cool Ghouls doing what they've always done, but in more ways and better.
Animal Races will be available on LP/CD (8/19/16) in the US via Empty Cellar Records and the EU/UK via Melodic Records; and also, on cassette via Burger Records. All versions feature full-color artwork painted by Shannon Shaw (Shannon and The Clams). Distributed by Revolver/Midheaven USA
There will be 300 limited edition color (transluscent royal blue) copies available from Empty Cellar Records as well as 700 standard black LPs.
Listen to Sundial on Soundcloud
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