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INTERVIEW: Ghosts of Social Networks

Hi Nathan, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

In truth, anxious, frustrated and tired, but other than that I’m great!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Outside the Wheel”?

It’s a power punk rock track with horror show guitar riffs. It came out on 7th April via Integrity Records.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Brexit, Trump, Syria, fake news, terrorism, the fact that so many lies have been told that no-one really knows what to believe anymore. We live in a fake world and governments don’t have any new ideas to solve it, so nothing changes. It spins on like a wheel you can’t get out of. Well I wanna get out. I’ve had enough.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Yes, very soon. It’s gonna look sick. It’s based on the old Tron movie but with its own feel.

How was the recording and writing process?

I wrote the music completely in an afternoon. The lyrics I took more time over. The song is just the tip of the iceberg hinting at what’s beneath. I wanted to tell a story of a defence minister that orders military strikes by day then goes to a fetish club at night then home to his family. I wanted to capture the dissonance in his life; to demonstrate the dichotomy that we all face, of the destruction of others in exchange for our freedoms. But there wasn’t much space to get that all in. So I tried to sum it up best in the opening line, ‘Unfortunately it’s no surprise that people don’t know which way to go. Like being burnt with cigarette buds, they’re terrorised by their government-sanctioned lies.’

What role does Nick Cave play in your music?

He looms over me like a demigod of doom. I think lyrically he is only matched by Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen. I don’t know anyone else who creates worlds and poetry so successfully. It’s not entirely adopted by me as I have my own voice, but I certainly lean towards the darker subjects in a similar way.

Does the new single mean we can expect new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes. Just recorded a song and it will be out later this year. It’s my best so far in my opinion. It sounds a bit like Interpol mixed with Dinosaur Junior and maybe M83.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

September/October. It’s called ‘If This Isn’t Love’.

What aspect of politics would get to explore on this new record?

None really. It’s more about the truths you hold dear that change over time.

Any plans to hit the road?

I will have some dates yes. April 15th we play Aatma in Manchester. Possibly heading to Milan at some point as the bass player is Italian.

What else is happening next in Ghosts of Social Networks’ world?

I’m in the finals of the International Songwriting Competition which finishes early May. You never know, I might win something.

I am going into the studio again in May to record a song that’s kind of a mix of Motown and The Pretenders. As you can tell from previous releases, I don’t really stick to a definitive style. David Bowie never did and it worked quite well for him didn’t it?






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