Written by: Jen Dan
L.A.-based indie/alt-rock band Love Ghost is relatively new to the music field – and the planet – since all its members are still teenagers.
Finn Bell (Guitar, Vocals), Max Toth (Lead Guitar), Will Toth (Bass), Ale Sierra (Drums), and Mya Greene (Viola) possess a maturity and ability beyond their years, however, on their involving, Smashing Pumpkins-like debut single, Friday Afternoon.
Inspired by the 90s grunge subculture, Love Ghost successfully pays tribute to the most influential genre of alternative rock, while carving out its own modern niche. The band members have all grown up together and they poignantly express both the hardships and joys of suburban teenage culture with their music.
Friday Afternoon steadily churns with a thickly textured, simmering to roiling rhythm of planing to searing guitar distortion, heavy bass, chugging to dynamic drums, and the weave of sweet viola lines. Bell sings in a subdued tone on the verses and then exclaims in a yearning register on the smashing chorus sections.
The lyrics of the song aim to reflect the importance of standing up for oneself, especially during a time of hardship in teenage years. Bell reflected upon his own experiences through the creation of Friday Afternoon, and actively urges his audience to do the same. Bell explains, “It’s a shame that people tend to shy away from anything that feels too personal, because those types of things let you know who you really are.”
Despite only being together for a little over a year, Love Ghost has already opened for such artists as The Tubes, Berlin, Ozomatli, and Buckcherry. The band has also played several high-profile festivals including Make Music Pasadena and Echo Park Rising.
Photo by Dan Bell