Ghastly Menace
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Ghastly Menace

Chicago, Illinois, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Chicago, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Band Rock Indie


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"Ghastly Menace - "Closing" (Stereogum Premiere)"

Chicago’s Ghastly Menace specialize in soaring orchestral pop, music that reveals hidden layers the more that you listen to it. They certainly take inspiration from their indie-rock forefathers like Grizzly Bear and Spoon, but they work within a formula that remains appealing and allows the band ample room to experiment and mess around with their sound. “Closing” is the slick lead single from their upcoming debut record and it’s a rippling track with some killer harmonies. - Stereogum

"Ghastly Menace premiere new song "Real Life""

Chicago’s Ghastly Menace formed in 2010 with just two members. Because of such limitations, the group’s first release, 2011’s Pitcairn EP, only skimmed the surface of the inherent dissonance brimming within Ghastly’s brand of gritty experimental pop. More recently, however, the group has grown into a full-fledged sextet, and with that expansion comes a chance to turn the amps up way past 11 with a forthcoming full-length album, Songs of Ghastly Menace.

For a taste of the band at full force, check out the album’s lead single, “Real Life”. Opening meekly with a lone piano, the track quickly fills out as the members emerge with a barrage of rumbling bass tones and fuzzed-out guitar licks. The intensity builds throughout the song, eventually erupting into a wave of dense distortion and manic feedback. - Consequence of Sound

"Second Stage: Ghastly Menace, 'Stay All Day'"

Being popular isn't normally a bad thing, but for a band, "going pop" is often equated with selling out — especially if you're Chris Geik and Andrew Schroeder, two guys who were previously playing post-hardcore music out in Chicago. But the idea of creating music that everyone could like was more exciting to the duo than anonymity.

Geik and Schroeder met in high school, bonding over their love of the band At The Drive-In and Midwest indie groups such as American Football and Braid.

"It was the kind of thing that definitely appealed to a small group of people," Schroeder said via email. "And, for a while, that was part of why we loved it."

For Ghastly Menace's EP, Pitcairn, the duo wanted to write with more instruments. Weird ones, broken ones, anything they could get their hands on. The duo listened to a lot of Paul Simon and Elliott Smith, two musicians whose songs often sound innocent but hide a darker meaning. It's a dichotomy the band was especially interested in. But it was Paul McCartney's 1971 solo album, Ram, that had the biggest effect.

"We draw on that album a lot when we feel like we're getting too serious about songwriting," Schroeder says.

The two spent a lot of time building their songs in the studio. With eight vocal tracks, "Stay All Day" has more layers than any other song on the EP. Schroeder said they probably overdubbed the glockenspiel part 15 times. Handclaps and tambourines set you up for a shimmying beat designed to have you shouting along to the pleading chorus. No one likes growing up, just as the song points out, but somehow singing along makes it all a bit easier. - NPR


Pitcairn (EP) - 2010
Songs of Ghastly Menace - 2015