Premiere: Ghost Care make a big entrance with their debut EP, Outdoor Recreation Centre
The four-track offering is a brilliant introduction to one of Perth's best rising bands, following on from a handful of elite singles last year.
If you're involved with the Perth music scene in any way, there's a strong chance you've seen Ghost Care pop up here and there. The west-coast alt-pop trio have toured with the likes of Spacey Jane and Demon Days in the past year alongside sets at WAMFest and more - their live set brimming with an energy and craftsmanship that comes with having three members strongly interconnected with one another; their energies and class ricocheting off one another to welcome something incredibly great to the Australian indie world that has some serious potential to turn into something special.
Release-wise, 2019 was a big year for the group that set themselves up perfectly for what's next. Consisting of their debut single Another and its October-released follow-up Home Run, 2019 was a year that saw Ghost Care put their foot forward into the spotlight; introducing the world to the group through their crafty indie and hand-gripping hooks that's become a local favourite over the last year. Today, however, they're taking things to the next step, sharing their debut EP Outdoor Recreation Centre ahead of its full release tomorrow and a launch show at Lucy's Love Shack on February 8th.
It's four tracks of breezy alt-pop brilliance, with lead vocalist Beau Torrance and vocalist/bassist Tanaya Harper sharing their spotlight with their clear-cut vocals as they swirl and glide amongst guitar-driven rock that teeters on the more indie-adjacent side of things, allowing the vocals to take the lead spotlight in many of the EP's tracks. That isn't to say that the EP doesn't bite instrumentally, however. Another brings a drumming 90s rock rhythm forward into 2019 in a move that almost feels like The Black Keys' non-Lonely Boy alt-rock, while the EP's opening track Tell Me That toys with playful bursts of guitar akin to bands like Holy Holy and Boy & Bear.
"The title of the EP stems from us getting kicked out of soccer and sport stadiums alike to try and get photos for the Home Run single release," the band say on the release, with the EP marking their evolution from a rising two-piece in the Perth live music world to a well-loved trio with the joining of Harper - someone who is already a familiar face to many in Perth indie-pop. "After many attempts, we were about to give up when a catering van let us into one, so we spent the rest of the day getting action shots, many of which will never see the light of day. Anyways this trail of events and our unlikely relationship with being athletes inspired the name.
"The four tracks on the EP revolve around a range of themes and as a whole covers the crumbling and complexity of relationships, moving away from home and finding your place in the world."
Dive into the EP below, and find more information on that Lucy's Love Shack launch here.
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