Posts Tagged ‘Handsome Ghost’

May 29, 2018

I HEART MOOSIQ interview : HANDSOME GHOST

We’ve been in love with Los Angeles based indie duo Handsome Ghost for the past several years (revisit some of our past features, here). The pair has liquefied our hearts to no end with their music, which they sometimes describe as “indie-prom”, likely due to the bittersweet nostalgia and dreamy romanticism that oozes from its luscious folds. We’re thrilled that Handsome Ghost is currently on tour for their debut album, Welcome Back. IHM chatted with the dashing duo ahead of their show this Saturday, June 2, at

Café

Du Nord in San Francisco. Check out our interview below. Don’t miss out on Handsome Ghost’s tour! We’re also GIVING AWAY A PAIR OF TICKETS for their SF show on Twitter! Just head over to Twitter, here, and retweet for a chance at winning, winner announced Friday morning!

I Heart Moosiq: First off, I gotta ask, Handsome Ghost… How’d you come up with a brilliant name that matches the beautifully haunting sound of your music?

Handsome Ghost: Well, thank you. The band name came about back when I was using really heavy effects on my vocals. Ghostly vocals, if you will. The handsome part started as a joke and ended up sticking. I named the band when I was pretty confident that Handsome Ghost would never actually be a “real” band…but I’m happy with the name, I feel like it fits.

IHM: Tim, I read somewhere that growing up Postal Service was a big influence on you.  If you could pick one song to describe you or as your anthem, which song would it be?

Handsome Ghost:

Yeah, absolutely. Both The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie, basically Ben Gibbard’s songwriting, were huge influences for me as I was starting to learn how to make music. The first Postal Service song I heard was “The District Sleeps Alone Tonight” and I remember being completely blown away. The build throughout the song, the fact that it doesn’t follow a traditional strong structure. And at that point those sounds and tones were so innovative, not to mention how perfect the lyrics are. That whole album really moved me, but I’ll pick that song because it’s the one that introduced me to the band. 

IHM:

Eddie, I read that you were really into Taking Back Sunday. So same question to you – If you could pick one song to describe you or as your anthem, which song would it be?

Handsome Ghost:

I still listen to a bunch of those songs from my pop-punk days. I have a playlist for when I’m driving on tour with everyone else asleep. Just the hits (they’re all hits). I’d probably say “Cute Without The E”… So emotional. So so emotional. 

IHM:

How did you guys first decide to do an Acoustic album and secondly how did you guys narrow it down to those 6 tracks?

Handsome Ghost:

Welcome Back took so long to get to where it ended up, but I feel like songs can sometimes be living things. I love how the songs are arranged on the album, but we wanted to offer kinda a companion piece to the album. Maybe hearing the songs differently gives them a new meaning? We chose each of the six songs for different reasons. Some were arranged so differently compared to how Tim originally wrote them (“Shallow City” and “Here’s To Endings”), some were really important songs that we felt deserved a little emphasis. “Soft” we had done for the record but it didn’t quite fit. But we love the song and lyrically really fit the story of the album. 

IHM:

This is your first full-length album, but I’m surprised to hear you already put out two EPs over the last several years. Do you look back on those EPs and wish you would have done something differently with the sound or lyrics? Or even something as simple as the process of making those EPs. I think what I’m asking is have you guys refined the developmental process or each EP / Album / Song it’s own journey?

Handsome Ghost:

I definitely look back and wish I had done some things differently on those two EPs, sure. I’m proud of them both, and I think they represent where I was at those moments in time, but I feel like we’re better now than we were back then. At the same time, I think there’s an innocence or a naivety there, especially on that first EP, that is pretty special. I don’t listen to my own music (because it feels very awkward) but I know there are some little things on that first EP that I’d probably change now that give it a little charm, if that makes sense. But we’re always trying to get better, and if we’re lucky enough to make another album, I’ll probably feel the same way about Welcome Back. 

IHM:

If I was a performer I think my favorite song to perform would be one that the audience sings back or the one that blew up. Which song is your favorite to perform that people don’t know so well yet?

Handsome Ghost:

Hah yes! It’s always cool to hear people singing along. Sometimes you hear someone singing and it’s like “daaaaaaammmmnnn….!”
I really love playing “Creatures.” It’s the last song on the album, and one that I think you kinda have to pay attention to. Playing it live is fun and it’s also nice to kinda force people to listen to it. hahah. Hopefully it makes people revisit it on the album.  

IHM:

I see that you guys have performed at some East Coast Festivals like Firefly. Is there any festival or location that you would consider a dream place to play?

Handsome Ghost:

As a young man I saw a video of Dave Matthews Band playing at Red Rocks. That’s a venue that I would just be happy to see some day. So beautiful.

IHM:

Handsome Ghost is from Boston. Here we’re big Warrior fans. We’re actually surprised how far the Celtics have come in the playoffs. Do Celtics fans feel like if they had Kyrie and Gordon Hayward this year that they would be title favorites?

Handsome Ghost:

Okay, I have a lot to say about this but I will try my best to keep it brief. I absolutely adore this Celtics team as it’s currently constituted. They just play so hard, they’re so fun to root for. Even with all the injuries, here they are giving the Cavs (Lebron is my nemesis) a run for their money. That said: Even with a healthy Kyrie and Gordon, I think the Warriors are still the favorites. Even if you play perfect basketball, if the Warriors shoot well they’re going to win. They’re just dream crushers, what can you say. If it ends up being Celtics/Warriors this year I still think my boys are going to make GS work really hard for it.

IHM:

We’re looking forward to your show at Café Du Nord and years of meeting your Celtics in The Finals.

Handsome Ghost:

Thanks! Excited for San Francisco. Such a beautiful city.

Thanks for chatting with us, Handsome Ghost! So sorry the Warriors and Celtics won’t be meeting in The Finals after all, maybe next year! 

Listen to debut album Welcome Back:


For the rest of Handsome Ghost’s Welcome Back tour dates, click here.

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December 21, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 12.15.2017 – 12.20.2017

Featured Music – December 15 – 20, 2017
(excluding tracks not available on Soundcloud)

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December 19, 2017
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I watched the Oscar nominated film A Ghost Story over the weekend, and from all that I’ve read about it afterwards, it seems it’s split people into two camps: those that thought it was painfully boring, and those, like me, who thought it was exquisitely beautiful. But I think we can all find common ground when it comes to this “ghost story”, a very “handsome” one at that, too. Central Massachusetts’ Handsome Ghost melts us to the core with the band’s new single, Reckless Lover, a dulcet smooth, lushly shimmering alt/indie electro meets bittersweet synthpop ballad. The song is lifted from the pair’s highly anticipated debut full length Welcome Back, arriving January 26th via Photo Finish Records. Handsome Ghost has been moving us with their music, which they’ve called “indie-prom” in the past, for over two years. Welcome Back is going to be a welcome blessing. 

March 25, 2017

Los Angeles’ Handsome Ghost revealed not one but two new gems today to follow up on his last song, a haunting cover of Postal Service’s Brand New Colony (which you must listen to, here, if you managed to pass it by till today). The first of these treats is a mellifluous longing electronic meets alt pop strummer named “beauty/bends”. Handsome Ghost’s Tim Noyes wrote the song towards the end of his band’s first tour while outside a Virginia hotel. Accompanying “beauty/bends” is tenderly melting “indian summer”, which you can find below. Together, the songs pack a one two nostalgic punch heavily drenched in lovelorn dewy feels. With the two songs comes news of a U.S. headline tour with special guest Frances Cone, as well as a long awaited debut album set to arrive this fall via Photo Finish Records. You can download “beauty/bends”, here, as well as grab “indian summer”, here. Find out more of Handsome Ghost’s May tour, here.

January 17, 2017
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MOOSIQ MOSAIC : 01.15.2017

Featured music – January 15th, 2017

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January 16, 2017
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I don’t know what sort of “brand new colony” LA Handsome Ghost is fashioning of late, but I’m certainly game to join in on the settlement. I melt and dissolve into the self proclaimed “indie-prom” purveyor’s new taste from a forthcoming full length. Handsome Ghost gives Postal Service’s Brand New Colony a distinct and fresh makeover, serving up a drafty drifter of a dewy eyed ballad. The gorgeous alt cover can be purchased and streamed from all major services, here.

June 7, 2016
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I’m still utterly obsessed with the dreamy gliding beauty of Handsome Ghost’s synthpop single, Graduate, but I can’t help but make plenty of room in my heart for the Los Angeles based band’s latest “indie prom” confection, a tropical delight named Eyes Wide that features Whole Doubts. This one’s juicy luscious and summery stirring, a Cheat Codes meets Panama Wedding sort of youthful springing, honey glowing gem. Eyes Wide is available from various outlets, here.

April 16, 2016
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This morning, I find myself drifting through memories of nostalgia and regret, but it’s very much a blissful and liberating experience. You see, I’ve lost myself in the regal synthpop beauty of Handsome Ghost’s new single, Graduate. On the glowing tune, the Los Angeles based “indie-prom” band pays tribute to the past and how it’s shaped us, but also celebrates moving forward and how wonderful it feels to let all the yesterdays go and start again. Though it’s been eons since I’ve “graduated” from anything in an official sense, Handsome Ghost reminds us all that graduation can apply to anything, be it heartbreak or remnants of the past keeping you back. The airy, dreamy gem will be on Handsome Ghost’s forthcoming new album. Graduate is available now from iTunes.

March 13, 2016
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The Weight Of It All is a rather weightless and sleek affair on this melodic indie dance remix of the Handsome Ghost song by Sweden’s Cape Lion. The synthpop duo give us a richly smooth edit whose chill coolness gives off a thrilling yet introspective effect. It’s been raining all week here in San Francisco, and it feels as if I’m in the midst of a tropical monsoon rather than a California El Nino while listening to the remix. The original comes from Handsome Ghost’s Steps EP, which you can stream in full on Soundcloud.

February 19, 2015
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Handsome Ghost is based in Los Angeles, but they were originally from rural Vermont, which may explain some of the earnest intimacy of this tune. The indie act caught my attention now with their song Blood Stutter, which has created a fine amount of buzz already in the past months. It’s a gentle and melting song, melding indie electronic with alternative pop. Handsome Ghost will be heading off on tour supporting red hot indie act MisterWives on their Our Own House tour soon. They’ll also be releasing a debut EP, Steps, on March 3rd.