South West punk duo Ghost of the Avalanche drop their fifth EP Civil Unrest this weekend, as one of International Cassette Store Day’s official releases. Recorded straight to cassette tape, the short six-track EP gives a raw, uncontaminated glance into Ghost of the Avalanche’s state of mind.
This record will resonate with anyone suffering the absurdism of modern urban life. Opening with title track Civil Unrest, the song beckons like a call to arms; with ‘the storm brewing deep inside’ it’s time to make ‘make a stand’ and ‘fight fire with fire’.
This record will resonate with anyone suffering the absurdism of modern urban life
Nitelife is thrilled to be premiering the EP’s title track on NOISE all this week – before the full project is released via DIE DAS DER on 12 October, which you can pre-order from Ghost of the Avalanche’s Bandcamp page .
From the very get go, Civil Unrest hits like a sledgehammer to the head. In short; hard, loud and fast are the three basic words to describe the Ghost of the Avalanche’s latest emphatic and hard-hitting EP.
After the immediate hammer blow of track one, try to bag up your brains and do your best to seal them shut, because you’re being chucked into a washing machine set on heavy duty for a serious session of aggression. This punk duo really allow their listener no time to brace against their berserker ability, because as soon as that play button gets pressed, be ready to summon a beast of instantaneous, inexorable infection.
this punk duo allow their listener no time to brace against their berserker ability
This dual outfit capitalise on their would-be limitation of only being two men, with limbs enough to play a bass guitar and drum kit and voices to roar their discontent as they, somehow, are still able to produce a full on, effective and hugely talented trio of sound.
Robbo Clark’s thudding kick, puncturing snare and throbbing floor tom sets the agenda from the very beginning of the record, while the rasping, wet lumbs and licks of bass from frontman Nick Wilton are accompanied by his passionate, scorching screams of vocal.
As hard, loud and fast as it reverberates, do not be fooled, as the level of ability and intricacy in this duo is beyond question. Like a blitzkrieg assault, the speed, precision and devastation in which this band attack, will claim your attention without warning.
rebellion against the political system is bought back to life in this cathartic, rampageous EP
Inspired by the punk sounds of the 80s, the disenchantment with and the rebellion against the political system is bought back to life in this cathartic, rampageous EP, which listens like a by-product of the neo-liberalism Thachter and Reagan envisioned and implemented all those years ago, and which has since materialised as the dominant ideology in a society in the hands of Johnson and Trump. Now, there’s definitely something to shout about.
Listen to the track Civil Unrest in full above.