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Ghosts Again Discusses Debut EP "The Closest Thing To Closure"

North Carolina three-piece band Ghosts Again is set to release new EP "The Closest Thing To Closure" tomorrow (April 22nd, 2016) that includes the recent singles "Pant's Division" and "Les Enfants Terribles."

With the EP just about to drop and a music video recently coming online (see below), we checked in with bassist Brandon Washington to get the skinny on how this fresh post-hardcore outfit came together and recorded the emotionally driven anthems of "The Closest Thing To Closure."

For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here and you can also pre-order the new EP directly at this location.

xFiruath: Let's start off with some background: how long have you been involved in music and what bands have you been apart of before Ghosts Again?

Brandon: I started out by playing bass for a band that some friends and I formed when I was a sophomore in high school called The Aura Rising. We played together for about 3 years before calling it quits in 2011. Not too long after I joined up with Alex to play guitar for a band he had just formed in Close Up On The Quiet Ones. We played together for about 4 years before calling it quits and formed what is now Ghosts Again.

xFiruath: Can you give me a brief run down of what the band has done so far up this point?

Brandon: Ghosts Again was formed around October of 2015. Alex and I have been in bands together for the past 4 years and we met Arun when our respective bands would play shows together. After Close Up disbanded, Alex and I briefly joined Arun's then band, Messenger Down. Due to creative differences, Arun, Alex and myself decided it was best to part ways with MD and form our project that is now know as Ghosts Again. Since then we have released a debut single to announce the band, played a handful of shows and we are now working on the release of our debut EP, "The Closest Thing To Closure" coming out on April 22nd.

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about the upcoming EP - what's happening lyrically on these tracks?

Brandon: Well all lyrics are written by Alex. I think it's safe to say the when you listen to the record, you're also taking a look at what's going on in Alex's head. I know that these songs are all about experiences and things that Alex has gone through over the last couple of years. I know Alex has said that he is constantly coming up with new lyrics and ideas and i'm sure the notes are overflowing on his phone.

xFiruath: On the tracking front, where did you handle the recording for "The Closest Thing To Closure?"

Brandon: We tracked everything with Phillip Wilson out of New Bern, NC. The recording process was different from any other recording process I've ever been apart of. Arun came down for a weekend to track all of his drum parts and then Alex and I would get off work around 5:00 in the afternoon and head straight to the studio every day for the next week. A lot of long nights in the studio that week but it was a lot of fun. Phillip is a pretty good friend of ours so there wasn't too much pressure or anything like that. It was a really fun and positive experience, tracking with Phillip. After tracking was finished, we sent everything over to John Harrell of the Sound Barn to get mixed and mastered.

xFiruath: When did you shoot that video for “Les Enfants Terrible” and how did the filming go down?

Brandon: We shot the video for "Les Enfants Terrible" back in January a couple weeks before it was released. After being kicked out of a couple of different places we were finally able to get into a cool little place at a small church in Ahoski, NC thanks to one of our good friends, Tyler Hughes. He was nice enough to let us use the attic at the church one night and we filmed everything in about 3 or 4 hours. The music video done ourselves. Alex has the camera and all the equipment needed to film everything. Alex films everything that he isn't in and any shots of Alex gets filmed by myself and then Alex goes and edits it and puts it all together. Alex and I have recorded music videos for our bands this way for a while now so I like to think we've gotten pretty good at it!

xFiruath: Will there be any other full music videos, lyric clips, etc. off any of the tracks from this EP?

Brandon: We are currently in the process of getting a music video for another song off of the EP right now actually so be on the look out for that in the near future!

xFiruath: Have you played any really memorable live shows lately, and where will the band be headed out to perform live in support of the EP in the near future?

Brandon: The most memorable show as of late for me as to be the first show we ever played back in December that also happened to be one of the last shows ever put on at Tremont Music Hall before it closed down in Charlotte, NC. The turnout and response we got from everyone was so overwhelming and we can't thank the fans enough for the amount of support they've shown is in our short time of being a band.

xFiruath: What's happening in the rock/metal/hardcore scene in your local area, and are there any particular venues that are more friendly to music?

Brandon: Well Alex and I live in Greenville, NC and the music scene around here is virtually non existent. The metal/hardcore scene is seems to still be going strong in the Raleigh, NC area and the Charlotte, NC area is where we receive the best turnouts and responses.

xFiruath: Other than your own record, what album or EP are you listening to lately that you'd really recommend?

Brandon: Lately I have been really desperate for new music. I've been jamming The Plot In You's most recent record, "Happiness In Self-Destruction." Other than that I'm just counting the days until the release of the new letlive album so if anybody has any suggestions for me, feel free to throw them my way!

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to discuss?

Brandon: Thanks for having me and I can't wait for everybody to hear the rest of the EP, "The Closest Thing To Closure" on April 22nd. We worked really hard over the past few months to put this all together and we can't wait to get it out!

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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