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GHOST ESTATES

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Dublin, Leinster, Ireland | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Ruth McGovern - Ghost Estates - ''In your Dreams''- Whelans May 2014"

On a miserable Thursday night, there was some surprising musical treats for those in store who ventured out in the rain to Whelan’s for the Ghost Estates gig. Samuel Vas-Y was a sight for sore eyes, warming up the stage with his sexy samba vibe. The French born Dalkey dweller brought an international appeal to the stage with my favorite song of his ‘Cada Dia’ transporting you to a trendy bar in Pari(s). You would describe his music as understatedly easy listening; natural to the ears and hits all the sweet spots, along with being creatively challenging and unique. The ensemble featuring cello and percussion created the perfect ambiance for his music, the cello notably bringing a deeper dimension to the sound. Samuel’s voice has an Elvis Presley quality to it, with the way he slurs his notes and his smooth tone. With a clear talent and unique sound, Samuel Vas-Y is has a promising future in Irish music.


SOance HOtel’s sound set up was poorly done and way out of balance -this affected the rest of the set unfortunately. With overpowering bass and percussion the vocals became a low mumble throughout the performance. The sheer volume of these lines were so overwhelming that I actually had to make DIY earplugs out of toilet paper. Apart from the performance aspects I feel that the music lacked a coherence and consistency; with most of it feeling lost… and not it a good way. One thing is for sure, SOance HOtel sure do look the part on stage and have the long hair grunge affect down to the T and they also seemed like a nice bunch of lads that really enjoyed performing on stage.


The main attraction Ghost Estates arrived on stage at 10.30 ready to rock. They have so many facets to them that it is extremely hard to put them in a box, and that’s what’s intriguing about them. Indie/pop vocals lie on top of an eclectic number of different layers but one factor is always consistent; the undercurrent is always driven and pulsing. Their music always has a direction and is constantly moving forward, this is mirrored in their great presence and confidence on stage. The Dublin four piece have gone through some changes since the release of their debut album in 2012 with two of the original members Keith Byrne and Alan Monaghan leaving the band. Ghost Estates were then joined by now drummer and former Cheap Freak Dave Mulvaney. It is great to see that after a big change to the dynamic of the group, they were able to set up a new and improved identity. Seeing them perform live on stage it is clear that their new dynamic is set, and they are ready to dive into the festival scene this summer. Seeing songs like ‘In Your Dreams’ and ‘Winters Day’ being preformed highlight that the music that they produce is meant for, and is at its best played live. It’s in no doubt that Ghost Estates will own the stage wherever they play this summer, and they have a fun few months ahead of them! - Dublin Concerts.ie


"Nialler 9 review - GHOST ESTATES - ''IN YOUR DREAMS''"

Dubliners Ghost Estates’ debut album was an impressive and multi-faceted sounding album which brought indie-rock, synth and new wave into the fold.

For the first single from the band’s second, as yet untitled and unfinished album, ‘In Your Dreams’ sits nicely in the middle of all those, yet comes across as a more direct statement, and in under three minutes too. Perhaps streamlined is more the effect, as the band have lost two members since, with drummer Keith Byrne and vocalist/guitarist Alan Monaghan opting out, and the band bringing in new drummer Dave Mulvaney (formerly of Cheap Freaks).

The song is available on Bandcamp today. Ghost Estates play the main room in Whelans on May 22nd - Nialler 9


"Barry Gruff - Ghost Estates - ''In your Dreams''"

It seems like a long time since Ghost Estates’ released their self-titled debut album, an impressive and stylistically diverse record taking in straight up indie-rock, reach for the sky guitar anthems and new wave.

Two years on and Ghost Estates are back with a new single, ‘In Your Dreams’, which is taken from their forthcoming, as yet untitled second LP. The lineup has seen a reshuffle with vocalist/guitarist Alan Monaghan and drummer Keith Byrne moving on and new drummer, Dave Mulvaney (formerly of Cheap Freaks) coming in. Yet going by the new single, the personnel changes have done little to diminish the sparkle that made their debut so good, and ‘In Your Dreams’ sits nicely alongside their previous output. It comes across as an under three minute reaffirmation of that very fact, albeit in a more streamlined, honed and refined fashion. Things are looking good for the new record, hopefully they don’t leave us hanging on too long.

You can stream ’In Your Dreams’ below or pick it up for a cool €1 from Bandcamp. Also, Ghost Estates play Whelans on May 22nd. - Barry Gruff


"Top Ten Gigs of 2012: Aidian Kelly Murphey: No.3 Ghost Estates"

Throughout 2012 I saw the four bands that played this gig a combined twelve times, two of them (Ghost Estates and White Collar Boy) made it into my Top Ten Albums of 2012, while the other two released a cracking EP (The North Sea) and a brilliant 7? (Bouts). This gig marked the release of Ghost Estates’ final single, October, before the release of their aforementioned self-titled debut album. It was the first time I had seen the band play live, same goes for Bouts and White Collar Boy, and I was blown away by their set. Atmospheric electronic one minute and indie pop the next. The quintet have gone from strength to strength this year. Couple this with three excellent sets by the other acts on the night and you’ve the recipe for one of the best nights of Irish music put on in 2012. - Aidian Kelly Murphey


"Top Ten Irish albums of 2012! Totally Irish 98fm"

Top Ten Irish albums of 2012! - 98fm


"Nialler9's Readers’ Poll 2012 results: Irish albums of the year"

The stylistically diverse songs that Ghost Estates debuted over the last year or so make much more sense in the context of their debut album. ‘Paris’ had a new wave streak and a serious sax solo; ‘October’ was more of a sky-reaching guitar anthem than anything else and ‘Forever Or Never’ was a direct to the heart indie-rock track so it was hard to know where this band stood, especially as they were formed from two very different bands – Sickboy and 8ball.
The self-titled debut album reveals a band in exploratory form and ties those disparate elements in. There are three songwriters in the band and that gives Ghost Estates a multifaceted sound; they revel in indie-guitar atmospherics, soaring and shredded guitar lines, pop, synth melodies, sax samples, marching drums and Britpop vocals. It’s an impressive, if dense-sounding, first album which was actually recorded before the band played live for the first time last year. It was mixed by Muse’s live engineer Marc Carolan. - Nialler9


"Launch Ghost Estates - October Single Launch"

Thirty seconds into Ghost Estates about-to-be launched single October, and you know its going to be special. A rousing, charged tune that reminded me of The Doves' There Goes The Fear but only if played faster and on a vinyl made of mescaline. It's a rip roaring, stomping, euphoric tune, and the standout track of the three released form the debut album so far. The Irish 5-piece have been together since 2010, and are comprised of ex-members of Sickboy and 8Ball. But their past is nowhere near as exciting as their promised future if they can maintain the standard they have set over the last ten months. Considering the actual ghost estates that litter Ireland - a testament to our lowest times - it's pleasing to think that these words could be positively reclaimed. Buy into these guys, they are about to go boom. / Vernon Steel - Vernon Steel - Le Cool Magazine


"Ghost Estates – Ghost Estates (Slap in the Face)"

Having felt the restrictions of a three piece under the previous guise Sickboy, former drummer Daniel Doherty, bassist Colm Giles and guitarist Brian Giles looked to expand. The first step saw Doherty moving from drums to synths. The second added new drummer Keith Byrne and guitarist/vocalist Allen Monahan. The result, the newly named Ghost Estates, named of course after the vast amount of unoccupied housing estates left unfinished from the boom years.

What separates Ghost Estates from the get-go is their approach. The majority of new Irish bands tend to bash away in a rehearsal room for a few months, head out on the gigging circuit and maybe then contemplate an album. Ghost Estates instead opted to write and record an album before ever gracing a stage. In many ways this could play a huge advantage as there is a lot of room for on the spot creativity. Highlighted more so by the fact there are three song-writers in the band. The only problem with taking this approach is not to get over adventurous as replicating the recording live can become a huge factor. It also helped that band had a plan of action when tackling the 15 songs written for the album. Five weeks of demoing, seven days of recording 12 of the stronger tracks, four months of getting what was laid down on tape the way they wanted it and most importantly recruiting Marc Carolan (live engineer with Muse) who knowss a thing or two about mixing to balance it out.

The album opens with ‘Ghost Estates Intro’. A short burst of swirling effects and soft industrial tones coupled with a barely audible narrative about the housing epidemic. It would be the perfect accompaniment to a visual about said topic. Both eerie and ghost-like while remaining empty and unsaturated, much like the estates in question.

The most recent single ‘October’ follows. I wonder if it’s a possible nod to U2 with the delayed guitars over the ‘New Years Day’ like drum rolls on the intro. It’s a busy little number from start to finish, guitars flying everywhere, dual harmonies in great effect and an air of commercialism and sheen that will do wonders for them in radio land. ‘Wake Up’ sees the wrists getting a serious work out. The muted chugging of Brian and Allen working in tandem with the adhesive team of Keith (drums) and Colm (bass) bringing to mind late 90's era RHCP.

Last summer’s ‘Paris’ single is an absolute belter of a track, lending itself by large to a mass sing-a-long for any of the upcoming summer festivals. “Wake up because your heart is young” they proclaim while the C86 guitars noodle in and out after each chorus. More of this and they’ll be certainly rubbing shoulders with the who’s who.

My personal favourite ‘Never Forget’ follows. A song so fantastically crafted that words can’t do it justice. It’s also where the pre-production mentioned above sees its pay-off. There are some stunning sounds captured here, from the main call and response riff to the filthy distorted leads. The bottom end that falls in and out, to the perfect vocal delivery, all doing their bit to craft the sound of summer.

The other real highlight of the record is the pogo-tastic ‘Winters Day’. It’s disco rhythm cranked from 110bpm up to about 140bpm, speeding like the best beer commercial you’ve never heard. It’s got a garage feel but remains saturated with pop sugar. The guitars are a whirlwind of spacey pedals, pounding away on two chords, while the vocals and the rhythm section drive the dynamics home. Fantastic stuff!

On album closer ‘Forever or Never’ their knack for a great melody is out in full force once again before they wind it all up just like they started, the soundtrack to a declining urban sprawl. Guitars hollering in reverb, sounding like they’re filling not just an empty house, but an empty nation.

Overall, there is a heavy dose of British influence on this début. From modern day bands both on and off the radar right the way back to the days of Roddy Frame and the Creation Records stable. On the earlier tracks there is room for bigger choruses. Tracks like ‘Wake Up’ and ‘October’ seem to suffer from what I call pre-chorus squared syndrome, never quite letting the track expand into it’s full potential. However, from ‘Paris’ on is where the magic really lies.

This thought alone might raise a question about the track sequencing. I’m a firm believer in attention to detail with running order and in many cases first impressions can be lasting. This is a fine début, from a smart band, who know what they want. All I’m asking is that they put the house numbers in the right order next time ’round. - We Are Noise - Stephen Purcell


"Ghost Estates @ Meeting House Square (HWCH)"

Day Two of this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival saw Dublin quintet Ghost Estates take to the stage at Meeting House Square.

It was the first time I had seen the band since they released their cracking debut album back in June. Live, those tracks take on a new life as they ooze the confidence in which they are delivered. The set was a fiery performance that left you in no doubt that this collection of songs are destined for large crowds and outdoor venues.

Photographs of the band’s set are below with a link to their breaking tunes page here. - aidankellymurphy.com


"Gig Review : Breton & Ghost Estates at The Academy 2"

Dublins’ own Ghost Estates – who we are always big fans of – kicked off the night on Tuesday. We’ve seen them on numerous occasions in the last few months – and they really are going from strength to strength. Their set was a quick-fire rendition of their realesed-so-far material, including ‘Paris’, ‘Forever or Never’ and ‘October’ (who’s single launch we went along too, and you can read about here) as well as some less familiar tunes – one, in particular, the name of which I didn’t catch, but has a weirdly (awesome) electronic stutter at the beginning, snappy electronic drums laid over the actual drum line and a big, fat guitar line that hovers above the song. It sounds awesome and makes me excited for the imminent album launch. (By way of mentioning, the lads are doing a FundIt to gather a bit of cash for the vinyl pressing of their album which you can donate to here). - Cock and Bull TV


"HWCH ’12 – State’s top 25 Ghost Estates – Meeting House Square"

Ghost Estates have already carved out their place on Ireland’s musical landscape over the past two years. Stylistically it’s diverse; taking in a mix of new wavey sounds, reach for the sky guitar anthems and straight up indie rock. This amalgam has seen them arrive at their own distinct sound of hazy electronica edged indie. As a band, they are tight and live, their music takes on another dimension, going up a gear or two, something those in Meeting House Square can be testament to. (BG) - State.ie Online Music Magazine


"GHOST ESTATES - GHOST ESTATES Album Review"

Well, it’s a good, topical band name, for starters, but thankfully the obvious images arising from such a moniker (add your own number of queasy/greasy/uneasy/cheesy/beastly Beasley Street-type scenarios here) soon fade away as the album unfolds. To say that Ghost Estates – formed from the detritus of really quite good bands Sickboy and 8 Ball, the former all post.punk serrated edge, the latter lazy-hazy electronica/pop – have formulated their own distinct noise is an understatement. What makes this album stand out from the rest, however, is that the middle ground the members have settled upon is as sturdy as a punching bag.

It’s all in the songs, of which there are some very good examples: ‘October’, ‘Paris’, ‘Forever Or Never’, ‘Pop Song’ and ‘Waiting For You’ bristle and tingle with the kind of electro-rock pulses that put a shiver up and down your spine. There are occasions, mind, when they end up sounding like everyone’s favourite whipping boys – Kasabian, for example, on ‘October’ – but the overall sense is of a band aiming for the bullseye and rarely failing. ‘Pop Song’ is one such example of how musicians can transcend their influences (in this instance, Interpol) to create a sleek juggernaut of a tune that just gets better and better with each listen.

And there you have it, essentially: an album that benefits from the combined efforts of pop smarts and punk snarls. Ghost Estates – every town should have one.

Tony Clayton-Lea writes on rock/pop culture for The Irish Times, and is chairman of the Meteor Choice Music Prize judging panel.
by Tony Clayton-Lea - Tony Clayton-Lea


"Listen to Ghost Estates’ debut album"

The stylistically diverse songs that Ghost Estates debuted over the last year or so make much more sense in the context of their debut album. ‘Paris’ had a new wave streak and a serious sax solo; ‘October’ was more of a sky-reaching guitar anthem than anything else and ‘Forever Or Never’ was a direct to the heart indie-rock track so it was hard to know where this band stood, especially as they were formed from two very different bands – Sickboy and 8ball.
The self-titled debut album reveals a band in exploratory form and ties those disparate elements in. There are three songwriters in the band and that gives Ghost Estates a multifaceted sound; they revel in indie-guitar atmospherics, soaring and shredded guitar lines, pop, synth melodies, sax samples, marching drums and Britpop vocals. It’s an impressive, if dense-sounding, first album which was actually recorded before the band played live for the first time last year. It was mixed by Muse’s live engineer Marc Carolan.
You can listen to album right here: - Nialler 9 Blogger


"GHOST ESTATES Stunning debut from Dublin guitar/electro five-piece"

Formed from the ashes of two Dublin outfits, Sickboy and 8Ball, Ghost Estates took the unusual but not unheard-of step of recording their debut before playing any live dates whatsoever. It was a wise move, given the experimental nature of their approach, allowing them to develop their sonic manifesto in the studio rather than out on the road.
How to describe them? The Jesus & Mary Chain meets My Bloody Valentine, with a touch of Bowie’s Eno-helmed Berlin period (Heroes, Low etc.) and a good dose of New Order will do for starters. But there’s much more going on in these dozen tracks, which combine dreamy, reverbed/flanged vocals and swirls of electronics, with heavily-processed guitars, driving bass and echo-laden drums. With no shortage of decent tunes hidden beneath the waves and textured layers of dissonance, there’s some serious songwriting in evidence here too: ‘Winter’s Day‘ comes across like a Britpop tune on amphetamines, while the acoustic, pastoral guitars that ground the lovely, mid-tempo ‘Shanty’ are warmly evocative.

‘Wake Up’ – not the song of the same name from Montreal’s finest – boasts a breathtaking melody, while the buzz-saw guitars on the fast-paced, ‘Forever Or Never’ make for an intoxicating head-rush. Elsewhere, ‘Pop Song’ is just that – a genuinely melodic thing that Brian Wilson wouldn’t kick out of bed and which in another era would grace an album by The Ramones or The Undertones. The chiming ‘Waiting For You’ and chuggin ‘Never Forget’ are just a couple more highlights on what is a thrilling, compelling debut.
- HOT PRESS


""Forever Or Never" Single Review"

Dublin based 5 piece Ghost Estates are purveyors of the finest indie rock this Emerald Isle currently has to offer, at least that's what their stunning 2nd single "Forver or Never" seems to suggest.

The song is an fine piece of Pains of Being Pure at Heart-esque guitar pop, mixed with the style of mid-00s indie, and with an extended synth outro that calls to mind some of the more experiemental side of Radiohead. Ghost Estates are surely a band to be reckoned with.

"Forever or Never" is available to download for free from the band's Soundcloud page. - The Metaphorical Boat


""Forever Or Never" Single Review"

Back at the start of the summer, when Ireland still believed the sun could shine and our troubles would all fade away for three months, I wrote about a band whose name hardly strikes of hope and positivity. Ghost Estates did, however, offer a free download of a great song, ‘Paris’, that I said “grows and evolves over five-and-a-half minutes and takes in the bleak and depressing… before adding some Bruce Springsteen sax and morphing into a euphoric sound that is bound to win fans over on the live stage.” Well Ghost Estates are back with a song and video that doesn’t sound or look completely removed from the sound of early Strokes, the likes of ‘Someday’. It’s available as a free download as well. So as we bid goodbye to a sunless summer at least we know that Ghost Estates bookended it. Download it via Soundcloud below. The video is by Brian Giles. - The Point of Everything


""Paris" Single Review"

Amhrán Gach Lá - Ghost Estates

I really like the vibe from Ghost Estates.
The indie rock band risen from the ashes of Sickboy and 8Ball write indie tunes which remind me of mid 90s Creation Records era and they provide a very different sound to what is out there at the moment. Check out the debut single 'Paris'.

- 2 U I BESTOW


""Paris" Single Review"

Everybody agrees 2010 was a vintage year for Irish music. It’s unanimous. But 2011 is halfway through and so far there has only been a couple of bands who have made much of an impact on me so far: Retarded Cop, Hired Hands and Yeh Deadlies!, while I know Cashier No 9 and Moths have been wowing other bloggers (I haven’t heard much to be honest). So Ghost Estates could well come into the scene in the latter half of the year and win a lot of new fans. Hailing from Dublin, the five-piece Ghost Estates were formed from the remnants of SICKBOY & 8BALL. They are little over a year old, but have a full-length album on the way, mixed by Marc Carolan. The first song to be taken from the album is ‘Paris’, a song that grows and evolves over five and a half minutes and takes in the bleak and depressing (wouldn’t expect anything else from a band called Ghost Estates) before adding some Bruce Springsteen sax and morphing into a euphoric sound that is bound to win fans over on the live stage. You can download the track for free below, via Soundcloud. The only other piece of music we have from Ghost Estates thus far is ‘October’, a demo. Which is pretty good in its own right. Anybody remember Delphic? No? Probably for the best – Ghost Estates’ demo is better than that album. Listen to both below. Hopefully this won’t be the last time we hear from Ghost Estates


- The Point of Everything


""Forever Or Never" Single Review"

Featuring ex-members of 8Ball and Sickboy, Dublin psyche rockers Ghost Estates have an unstoppable tune on their hands with ‘Forever Or Never’. Brimming with basement guitars and shoopworthy melodies, it’s one of the most convincing introductions to a band we’ve heard in aeons. The even better news is that it’s also available for free download on the band's Soundcloud page. - HOTPRESS Magazine


""Paris" Single Review"

When I saw the name ‘Ghost Estates’ on an email I thought it was so cool-sounding that it must have come from LA.It was 7am on Sunday morning and I was doing my lamewad thing of waking up, checking my phone and falling asleep again. Except I sat bolt-upright and thought, hey! ‘Ghost Estates‘ – the ugly legacies of the Celtic Tiger. Unfinished luxury developments dotted all over the country that were the first sign of the failed property boom.



So I went back to sleep and there was another surprise when I woke up and read the email again at a sensible hour. This band are comprised of ex-members of Sickboy and 8Ball! Probably the most unlikely meeting of minds I could ever predict, nonetheless it really works for them. The post-punk edge of Sickboy has been smoothed out to a more laid-back vibe, merged with the poppier strains of 8Ball and cranked up for a dancefloor. Here’s the new single Paris which is free to download from Soundcloud.


You can catch Ghost Estates live when they play Banquet at Tripod on 25 June, followed by gigs in Galway on 7 July and Dingle on 8 July. Then it’s festival time and they’ll be playing your favourites, including the biggie Electric Picnic.
- Harmless Noise


""Paris" Single Review"


I’m a sucker for a good back story. So when I stumbled upon the Wikipedia entry for “ghost estates” while searching for the band of the same name and found out that the term refers to abandoned houses from a boom and bust in Ireland called the Celtic Tiger period, I was pretty much smitten (luckily it turns out ).
These guys have played together for about a year and a half after the members’ two previous bands — Sickboy and 8Ball — collapsed. They recorded their debut album as Ghost Estates at Sun Studios Temple Bar. (In the Temple Bar district of Dublin, not to be confused with that other place with a similar name.) The album was mixed by Marc Carolan, whose previously worked with Muse, Snow Patrol and The Cure. According to the rather sparse information that’s available on the band at the minute, the plan is to release singles throughout 2011 as they tour (nationally, for now: only Ireland dates have been announced thus far).
The first single is called “Paris,” and while I’m hesitant with only the one single in my ears to start drawing comparisons, you’ll probably like these guys if you like Passion Pit, Blonde Redhead, Animal Collective and the like. It’s electronic, it’s ethereal in places and poppy in others. Something about it is working, though. I pressed play on this track no less than four times yesterday.
Stay tuned for more, check out the band’s label – Slap in the Face Records — and listen to “Paris” here. - Loudersoft


""Paris" Irish track of the month"

The members of the newly-formed Ghost Estates were previously of two pretty different bands SickBoy and 8Ball. Their new band may be named “after the thousands of abandoned housing estates built in Ireland during the Celtic Tiger boom years” but there’s plenty going on in their music, from 80s guitar to processed beats to a spoken word interludes and, I kid you not, a treated saxophone solo. - Nialer 9 (MAP - THE GLOBAL MUSIC BLOGS MIXTAPE)


"New Music October Demo Review"

Dublin-based newbies featuring ex-members of 8Ball and Sickboy making a hugely alluring and promising rattle if current anthemic demo tune “October” is an indication of where they’re at.....

JIM CARROLL - THE IRISH TIMES


Discography

"Paris" released May 2011
FREE Download here:
http://soundcloud.com/ghostestates/paris
Phantom FM track of the week
Nialler9 Irish Track of the month
Video: http://youtu.be/ycXafxnZkMo

"Forever Or Never" released August 26th 2011
FREE Download here:
http://soundcloud.com/ghostestates/forever-or-never
Phantom FM track of the week
Video: http://youtu.be/PZGgwEmBupg

" OCTOBER " Released February 8th 2012
Free Download here:http://soundcloud.com/ghostestates/tracks?format=html&page=2
Phantom FM track of the week
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zF4wo0_F_U0

GHOST ESTATES:GHOSTESTATES
Self Titled debut album
Independent release: Slap in the Face Records
Release Date June 2012
http://soundcloud.com/ghostestates

GHOST ESTATES / TWIN KRANES ''IN WAVES/THE WIZZARD''
Split 7''
Independent release: Slap in the Face Records
Release Date May 2013

https://soundcloud.com/ghostestates/in-waves

GHOST ESTATES
''In your Dreams''
Independent release: Slap in the Face Records
Release Date May 2014

https://soundcloud.com/ghostestates/in-your-dreams-cd-fd-master

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Bio

GHOST ESTATES are a four piece hailing from the north side of Dublin city.

 
The band has gone through major changes since the release of their 2012 critically acclaimed debut album the self titled 'Ghost Estates'. They have shed two members, drummer Keith Byrne and vocalist/guitarist Alan Monaghan leaving Dan Doherty, Giles brothers Colm & Brian and new drummer and former Cheap Freak Dave Mulvaney.

The band have been working hard on the follow up to their debut in Dan Doherty's new studio Darklands Audio. With an Irish tour in place and major festival slots to be announced soon exciting times lay ahead for the band.

The 4 piece have performed highly acclaimed sets at Hard Working Class Heroes, CastlePalooza, Forbidden Fruit Festival, Electric Picnic and Other Voices to name but a few.As well as playing the domestic scene the group have played all across Europe and the UK.


BOOKINGS/PRESS: ghostestates@gmail.com


What the press have to say.....

“A hugely Haunting and alluring rattle”

JIM CARROLL
THE IRISH TIMES

“A euphoric sound built for the live stage”

THE POINT OF EVERYTHING

“It’s electronic, it’s ethereal in places and poppy in others. Something about it is working, though. I pressed play on this track no less than four times yesterday”

LOUDERSOFT.COM

''Buy into these guys, they are about to go boom.''

LE COOL

''Featuring ex-members of 8Ball and Sickboy, Dublin psyche rockers Ghost Estates have an unstoppable tune on their hands with ‘Forever Or Never’. Brimming with basement guitars and shoopworthy melodies, it’s one of the most convincing introductions to a band we’ve heard in aeons. The even better news is that it’s also available for free download on the band'sSoundcloud page'' -

CEILINA MURPHY
HOT PRESS

“This band are comprised of ex-members of Sickboy and 8Ball! Probably the most unlikely meeting of minds I could ever predict, nonetheless it really works for them. The post-punk edge of Sickboyhas been smoothed out to a more laid-back vibe, merged with the poppier strains of 8Ball and cranked up for a dancefloor”

HARMLESS NOISE

''An album that benefits from the combined efforts of pop smarts and punk snarls. Ghost Estates – every town should have one''

TONY -CLAYTON LEA
HEINKEN MUSIC

''My personal favourite ‘Never Forget’ follows. A song so fantastically crafted that words can’t do it justice. There are some stunning sounds captured here, from the main call and response riff to the filthy distorted leads. The bottom end that falls in and out, to the perfect vocal delivery, all doing their bit to craft the sound of summer.''

STEPHEN PURCELL
WE ARE NOISE

''How to describe them? The Jesus & Mary Chain meets My Bloody Valentine, with a touch of Bowie’s Eno-helmed Berlin period (Heroes, Low etc.) and a good dose of New Order will do for starters. But there’s much more going on in these dozen tracks, which combine dreamy, reverbed/flanged vocals and swirls of electronics, with heavily-processed guitars, driving bass and echo-laden drums. With no shortage of decent tunes hidden beneath the waves and textured layers of dissonance, there’s some serious songwriting in evidence here too: ‘Winter’s Day‘ comes across like a Britpop tune on amphetamines, while the acoustic, pastoral guitars that ground the lovely, mid-tempo ‘Shanty’ are warmly evocative''

COLM O HARE
HOT PRESS

''The self-titled debut album reveals a band in exploratory form and ties those disparate elements in. There are three songwriters in the band and that gives Ghost Estates a multifaceted sound; they revel in indie-guitar atmospherics, soaring and shredded guitar lines, pop, synth melodies, sax samples, marching drums and Britpop vocals. It’s an impressive, if dense-sounding, first album which was actually recorded before the band played live for the first time last year.''

NIALER 9

''Named after the thousands of abandoned housing estates following the collapse of the Celtic tiger building boom, Ghost Estates have already carved out their place on Ireland’s musical landscape. With three songwriters in the band, stylistically it’s diverse, taking in a mix of new wavey sounds, reach for the sky guitar anthems and straight up indie rock. This amalgam has seen them arrive at their own distinct sound of hazy electronica edged indie which send a shiver down the spine. It is said two heads are better than one, well, judging by Ghost Estates’ debut, three are certainly better than two. This is the best Irish indie album in a long, long time!''

BARRY GRUFF

Band Members