Super Ghost, the dynamic trio known for their genre-bending indie rock, are celebrating the release of their latest single ‘Complacent’. As their third single this year, following the success of tracks ‘Friendless’ and ‘Don’t Talk About It’, ‘Complacent’ is an introspective journey that solidifies Super Ghost’s distinctive musical style.
We too were curious about Super Ghost and their new single, so we put a dozen questions to band member Hudson to find out more:
1 What’s the one band/artist everyone in Super Ghost is into?
In the past I would say Arctic Monkeys or some strange Midwest emo band but recently we have all got super in to Bloc Party and love their new Album.
2 What was the first music you ever purchased?
For Alex it was a Faker CD (which is another band we all love). For Hudson it was an audio slave album and for Nate it was the second Taylor Swift album surprisingly, he is super in to her new album as well.
3 What are the main tools you use in your music making?
All our songs besides maybe two or three have started on guitar as a riff or a chord progression with a vocal melody or something. But we have a few songs that started with a bass line that we built everything else around. We only recently have got a proper set up at Alex’s house we’re we can record demo’s. which has helped a lot with getting creative.
4 What was your first band t-shirt?
For Alex it a Creed shirt, for Hudson it was a Paul Kelly shirt and for Nate it was a Delta Goodrem jumper that he bought with his mum at a concert.
5 A record that changed your life?
For Hudson it was Grace by Jeff Buckley, for Alex it was a actually the first Bon Iver album and for Nate of course it was the Second Taylor Swift album.
6 What’s your latest recording?
Our newest one is ‘Complacent’, which came out a few days
7 Most fun support gig so far?
It was probably our support show at the Zoo for Choosing Sides.
8 What’s on your gear wish list?
Alex: I just bought a Quad Cortex which is pretty close, but my dream gear would have to be a Charvel Surfcaster!
Nate: For drum gear I’m all set, just holding out for a Zildjian sponsorship. However a nice old Rickenbacker bass and some Sunn 215 bass cabs would do me well.
Hudson: I don’t really care about gear that much..
9 What would you like your music career to look like in 5 years time?
Taylor Swift’s career
10 What would be your dream collaboration?
I think we would all agree that we would love to collaborate with Bloc Party.
11 What would you consider to be your greatest musical achievement to date?
That’s a tough question but probably just getting the band off the ground and being able to play sold our shows to our friends and family
12 What gigs are coming up in the next few months?
We are sort of focusing on some other things at the moment with our music. Potentially adding a member and writing a whole new collection of fairly different stuff … so we have put off gigging for a while unfortunately.
MORE ABOUT SUPER GHOST AND ‘COMPLACENT’
With an innovative blend of niche genres like Midwest emo and accessible indie rock, the band seamlessly crafts a highly polished and emotionally resonant sound. Navigating the complex emotional landscape of complacency, their new single invites listeners to reflect on moments when familiarity holds them back from pursuing a more fulfilling life.
Infused with bittersweet undertones, the energetic melody draws on Alexander Shoesmith’s personal experience of leaving a stagnant job, delving into the inner struggle of embracing change and growth. Fittingly, Shoesmith takes lead vocals on the track, showcasing his velvety, grounded vocal tone, perfectly complementing the intricate melodies
Shoesmith shares, “Complacent is a heartfelt reflection on those moments in life when we find ourselves stuck in the comfort of the familiar, even if it’s far from fulfilling. This song allowed me to express the mixed emotions of nostalgia and regret while also igniting a spark of hope for a better future.”
‘Complacent’ effortlessly weaves intricate guitar riffs with gracefully chanted vocal deliveries, creating a harmonious blend that – although technically complex – feels easy and approachable. The song’s dynamic tempo and time changes alongside spacious bridge sections, complete with reverb-drenched guitar shimmer and distant horn parts, capture the essence of the band’s unique musical identity. The melancholic track allows space for introspection while bursting with a bright, hopeful energy that motivates one to get out of a complacent rut.
Super Ghost’s music is a poignant reminder that even amidst life’s challenges, there is always the possibility of growth and transformation. As the lyrics resonate with the struggles faced by many, the band creates an anthem for breaking free from complacency and embracing a more meaningful life.
With their compelling storytelling and seamless musical fusion, Super Ghost continues to carve their niche style in the indie rock scene. ‘Complacent’ promises to be another powerful addition to their growing discography.
Get out of a rut with Super Ghost and the release of ‘Complacent’, available on all major streaming platforms now.
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