ABOVE: TV GHOST. IMAGE COURTESY OF GREG THE MAYOR
TV Ghost’s frontman Tim Gick sees humanity on the verge of a shipwreck. Invoking Greek tragedies thousands of years old, he had this to say about his band’s latest offering, “Siren,” a track we’re pleased to debut here: “I see so much potential in the world that remains unfulfilled. Can you see how much power we have at our fingertips? The wealth of human knowledge fits in our pockets, but we fall prey to its distraction. We sacrifice real movement, real change, for the sake of the siren’s song. A burial of comfort in the placid deep of static and chatter.”
Pay too close attention to that comfort, and you’ll find yourself tangled up in the rocky shores. It’s a warning, and it’s no surprise that the song Gick is describing sounds like a warning shot in itself.
The Lafayette, Indiana-based quintet has spent the better part of the last decade churning out their own take on the gloomier ends of post-punk. Gick and co.’s work recalls shadows and nightmares rather than the neon-streaked rave-ups of early Factory Records material, and “Siren” is no exception—even if it is a little more subdued. Taut rhythmic interplay recalls at once the smoky psychedelia of Spacemen 3 and the grimy goth-rock of Echo and The Bunnymen’s least pompous work, but any sonic familiarity is just on the surface. The roiling anxiety in between notes, and Gick’s patient drawl give the whole thing a cinematic suspense that few of their forebearers attempted.
So turn around. Gick’s telling you not to pay attention to the siren song, and the music’s foreboding is enough to let you know the shore is quickly approaching. Pay no attention to its allures, but pay attention to TV Ghost. If “Siren” and the other couple of recent singles they’ve put out are any indication, their upcoming full-length Disconnect is going to be something terrifying—and awesome—to behold.
TV GHOST’S DISCONNECT IS OUT SEPTEMBER 3 (IN THE RED). FOR MORE ON THE BAND, PLEASE VISIT ITS FACEBOOK PAGE.