INTERVIEW: Ghost Arcadia

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

We’re all good cheers! Keeping busy and about to start the ball rolling on our next single. Always missing playing live though…go do one Corona!!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Glory”?

Glory is about celebrating those people who have had a positive impact on our lives and changed us for the better. Some may no longer be with us, some may have taken different paths, and some may still be by our side to this day. Glory is about recognising every one of those people.

The song itself is pretty rocky and ‘anthemic’, and is most likely for fans of The Killers, Foo Fighters, You Me At Six, and Biffy Clyro!

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

I (hey, Reu here behind the keyboard!) wrote most of the songs on this EP (Libero) after I had a couple of personal bereavements. They were two people that were impactful on myself as a person and losing them in such close succession was a massive blow for me.  Most of the songs on Libero are to do with grieving or moving on. With Glory though, I didn’t want to shove it in peoples faces… I just wanted it to be there to appreciate if you sat down with the lyrics.

Glory, as much as it is a love song, is also a song of hope.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Shooting something with the boys from Cineoteric Films is always an absolute blast. They shot the MV for our previous single ‘Midnight’ and we love them both to bits. We collaborate really well with the lads, and the end product is always so damn good! The lighting design was also done by our friend Pablo Fernandez Baz, who is one of – if not- THE best lighting designers in the UK. Myself and Ant do a lot of work in the acting/ theatre production world and that’s how our paths crossed…I think we can all agree that he’s an absolute master of his art!

The shoot itself was fucking cold and miserable but we were all so passionate about making the best video we could it didn’t matter. It was an incredibly humbling experience for us as a band and I for one will never forget it.

How was the recording and writing process?

Glory originally started out as an acoustic folk song (you can check out the original tune on our IGTV channel) but it quickly evolved into something much much bigger when Ant and the band got a hold of it. We wanted it to be able to fill a stadium or be blasted out of your car stereo with the windows down.

Writing the lyrics was very cathartic for me, it allowed me to really see some light in a dark time and I wrote it with the hope that it could maybe do the same for someone else.

Billy Stewart (of Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison fame) produced Glory and the rest of our Libero EP

. He previously did our single Midnight and we just love working with the guy. He’s definitely a token member of the Ghost Arcadia team now. I’ll never forget myself, Ant, and Billy up to the late hours of the eve recording the backing vocals for Glory…comical is an understatement.

How has Linkin Park and The Killers influenced your writing?

Something, personally, I take from The Killers is their ability to create songs that will last the test of time. Every chorus is big enough to fill a stadium and demands you to listen to it, I think that’s a rare quality we find in music these days and something that we at Ghost Arcadia are always aiming for. I also love how adaptable and ever changing they are. No album is the same. Just look at Hot Fuss and Sam’s Town! Both completely different yet equally brill.

For Linkin Park, it was their ability to write powerful songs that manage to entwine elements of rock, nu-metal and hip hop effortlessly. There really is no band that does it better than they do, and that drive and energy in their music is second to none. You always know when it’s a Linkin Park song and that level of notoriety is definitely something we wanna build here at Ghost Arcadia.

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

We’re actually working on a lil’ special something at the moment! Due to COVID-19, it probably won’t be out till next year but it’s very very exciting. There’s a real fire to the music we are writing right now. I (as I’m sure many others did) spent a lot of 2020 being pissed off at the world and a lot of this new music encapsulates that anger and our shared frustrations at the current state of the world. Expect a heavier sound with that same catchy Ghost Arcadia twist throughout.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

We prefer to keep people on their toes so nothing yet…just make sure to follow us on one of (or all if you fancy!) social media channels. That’s the best way to stay up to date with what we are doing.

IG: @ghostarcadiaband

Twitter: @ghostarcadia

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GhostArcadia/

What else is happening next in Ghost Arcadia’ world?

We haven’t been able to see each other physically in so long so there’s a lot of reminiscing about good times going on and also a lot of planning. We have a shared focus now. We know who we are as a band and we know where we want to go. 2021 is going to be a big year for us 👻

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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