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"Knocking Ghost (No 1404) (Hearty Vibes)"

If you love your synth-pop music then Knocking Ghost are definitely the band for you. Hailing from London in the UK, the band have previously remixed tracks by the likes of Erasure and Bastille but since late 2012 have started creating their own music which has lead to the release of their debut EP, 'Distractions'.

The EP contains five tracks and opening the EP is the band's new single 'Distractions', a well crafted track showing off impressive vocals combined with catchy synth and drums. I can also detect hints of Coldplay vocally and even Muse instrumentally at the beginning, what a great combination!

Check out the track below and if you like what you hear, why not check out the EP in full here or the band's excellent debut music video here.

If you would like to learn more about Knocking Ghost and like what you hear from the clip, please check out the band's pages below.
- Hearty Vibes


"Knocking Ghost (No 1404) (Hearty Vibes)"

If you love your synth-pop music then Knocking Ghost are definitely the band for you. Hailing from London in the UK, the band have previously remixed tracks by the likes of Erasure and Bastille but since late 2012 have started creating their own music which has lead to the release of their debut EP, 'Distractions'.

The EP contains five tracks and opening the EP is the band's new single 'Distractions', a well crafted track showing off impressive vocals combined with catchy synth and drums. I can also detect hints of Coldplay vocally and even Muse instrumentally at the beginning, what a great combination!

Check out the track below and if you like what you hear, why not check out the EP in full here or the band's excellent debut music video here.

If you would like to learn more about Knocking Ghost and like what you hear from the clip, please check out the band's pages below.
- Hearty Vibes


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (Off The Radar)"

Seems it's a London kinda day today on OTR. Another track that caught my attention in our inbox today is "Distractions" by London band Knocking Ghost. A great subdued synth track. The video really sealed the deal in me digging the track. That's why videos are so important these days, especially for up and coming bands trying to get noticed. Kinda puts a face to the music.

Check out the goods below and if you like what you hear the entire five track Distractions EP (which is all excellent) is available as a free download on their soundcloud. - Off The Radar


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (Off The Radar)"

Seems it's a London kinda day today on OTR. Another track that caught my attention in our inbox today is "Distractions" by London band Knocking Ghost. A great subdued synth track. The video really sealed the deal in me digging the track. That's why videos are so important these days, especially for up and coming bands trying to get noticed. Kinda puts a face to the music.

Check out the goods below and if you like what you hear the entire five track Distractions EP (which is all excellent) is available as a free download on their soundcloud. - Off The Radar


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (Escafandrista)"

De repente alguien te manda un mail. Una banda (otra) que promocionar. Le das al play del video y te enamoras.
Eso es lo que me ha sucedido con Knocking Ghost, banda de UK que debutó el pasado 28 de enero con Distractions EP, y la canción que se también titula así, es la principal culpable por lo grande que es, pero no la única. Pecado perderse Independent Girl o Interlude for the midweek. Beginning no desmerece, y cierra Leave It Behind, un caramelo. Son cinco cortes, canciones hilvanadas con sintetizadores, aire ochentero, por encima de todo son pop, épicas, suben, bajan para tomar aliento y volver a subir. Con elegancia, sin prisas.
Nos comparten el disco en soundcloud. Si pruebas el player de Distractions no te resistirás. - Escafandrista Musical


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (Escafandrista)"

De repente alguien te manda un mail. Una banda (otra) que promocionar. Le das al play del video y te enamoras.
Eso es lo que me ha sucedido con Knocking Ghost, banda de UK que debutó el pasado 28 de enero con Distractions EP, y la canción que se también titula así, es la principal culpable por lo grande que es, pero no la única. Pecado perderse Independent Girl o Interlude for the midweek. Beginning no desmerece, y cierra Leave It Behind, un caramelo. Son cinco cortes, canciones hilvanadas con sintetizadores, aire ochentero, por encima de todo son pop, épicas, suben, bajan para tomar aliento y volver a subir. Con elegancia, sin prisas.
Nos comparten el disco en soundcloud. Si pruebas el player de Distractions no te resistirás. - Escafandrista Musical


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (Tour De Vaap)"

Take Coldplay and crank them up a notch, a little edgier and electronic, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic new rock band called KNOCKING GHOST. The song starts sparsely enough with vocals and hard-hitting guitar. But once the drums kick in, 80s snare style, the song really takes off like a rocket ship to a world of shuffling grooving electronic rock. But while the music is danceable, the lyrics point towards disappointment and desire for the past. Things are falling apart around the music, there’s no grounding and no one seems to care except for the singer, desperate to return to a much stabler time. It’s a great single of the UK bands first EP DISTRACTIONS, which you can download for free on THEIR SOUNDCLOUD PAGE. Check out the single below.

-M. Kauf - Tour de Vaap


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (Tour De Vaap)"

Take Coldplay and crank them up a notch, a little edgier and electronic, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic new rock band called KNOCKING GHOST. The song starts sparsely enough with vocals and hard-hitting guitar. But once the drums kick in, 80s snare style, the song really takes off like a rocket ship to a world of shuffling grooving electronic rock. But while the music is danceable, the lyrics point towards disappointment and desire for the past. Things are falling apart around the music, there’s no grounding and no one seems to care except for the singer, desperate to return to a much stabler time. It’s a great single of the UK bands first EP DISTRACTIONS, which you can download for free on THEIR SOUNDCLOUD PAGE. Check out the single below.

-M. Kauf - Tour de Vaap


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (This Is Fake DIY)"

‘Distractions’ marks the final piece in the puzzle for synth-heavy new boys Knocking Ghost, who released their free-to-download debut EP of the same name earlier this week. Having periodically released four tracks since the start of December 2012, the trio have been beavering away over those cold winter months, carefully pulling together their combination of steely cold synth noise and skilfully channelling them into this impressive five-tracker.

Comprising Rob Taylor on vox and synths, Neil Quinlan on synths/noise and Andy Hobson beefing up the live set-up on drums and percussion duties, it was the throbbing menace of ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ that first caught people’s attention to this London-based band. This track, a sleekly styled piece of intelligent synth-pop is a fitting soundtrack to the hours that precede dawn, its keyboards meander gently in and out throughout its four minutes, with perhaps more than just an affectionate nod to Depeche Mode in the process. (Bevis Man) - This Is Fake DIY


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (This Is Fake DIY)"

‘Distractions’ marks the final piece in the puzzle for synth-heavy new boys Knocking Ghost, who released their free-to-download debut EP of the same name earlier this week. Having periodically released four tracks since the start of December 2012, the trio have been beavering away over those cold winter months, carefully pulling together their combination of steely cold synth noise and skilfully channelling them into this impressive five-tracker.

Comprising Rob Taylor on vox and synths, Neil Quinlan on synths/noise and Andy Hobson beefing up the live set-up on drums and percussion duties, it was the throbbing menace of ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ that first caught people’s attention to this London-based band. This track, a sleekly styled piece of intelligent synth-pop is a fitting soundtrack to the hours that precede dawn, its keyboards meander gently in and out throughout its four minutes, with perhaps more than just an affectionate nod to Depeche Mode in the process. (Bevis Man) - This Is Fake DIY


"Knocking Ghost - Independent Girl (Mp3 Hugger)"

Not in the least bit surprised that London’s Knocking Ghost have remixed for Erasure for they are synths from the same bleep pod. The fact that 2 of the band are called Andy (OMD) and Neil (PSB) only confirms the suspicion that they’ve chosen the correct route. And this from a barely conceived 3-piece who have slung their debut EP, ‘Distractions’, about the internet with carefree abandonment. There are plenty of acts plummeting to recreate a laborious 80's sound and for the most part they are excretable. What makes Knocking Ghost the shit is their wholesale embracing of the key to those dayglow classics from 3 decades ago, namely the fact they’ve remembered to include a memorable tune with each of their songs. So simple really but then that decision and a nous to deliver on it is a rarefied occurrence in 2013. Got to admire their spirit. KD - MP 3 Hugger


"Knocking Ghost - Independent Girl (Mp3 Hugger)"

Not in the least bit surprised that London’s Knocking Ghost have remixed for Erasure for they are synths from the same bleep pod. The fact that 2 of the band are called Andy (OMD) and Neil (PSB) only confirms the suspicion that they’ve chosen the correct route. And this from a barely conceived 3-piece who have slung their debut EP, ‘Distractions’, about the internet with carefree abandonment. There are plenty of acts plummeting to recreate a laborious 80's sound and for the most part they are excretable. What makes Knocking Ghost the shit is their wholesale embracing of the key to those dayglow classics from 3 decades ago, namely the fact they’ve remembered to include a memorable tune with each of their songs. So simple really but then that decision and a nous to deliver on it is a rarefied occurrence in 2013. Got to admire their spirit. KD - MP 3 Hugger


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (7 Bit Arcade)"

KNOCKING GHOST – DISTRACTIONS

BY ANTONY
FEBRUARY 4, 2013
TAGS: DISTRACTIONS, KNOCKING GHOST


As 2012 drew to a close, one band just beginning to flex its muscles as it stepped into the sun for the first time was Knocking Ghost. The London-based trio had only released three tracks into the world when they first came to our attention in December, but they were three tracks that spelt a very promising future for the band. Flash forward six weeks, and Knocking Ghost have just unveiled their debut EP Distractions, along with a music video for the title track, providing a perfect opportunity to see if the early momentum is set to continue.

It’s the title track that kicks off Distractions, hissing into life as each element of Knocking Ghost is pieced into the puzzle one by one. Guitar is joined by the Chris Martin-esque voice of Rob Taylor, the building percussion of Andy Hobson, and eventually dreamy-sounding synth backing delivered by Neil Quinlan. The pounding snare drum hits are fist-pumping gold, while the combination of Taylor’s voice and his layered synth accompaniment is a tsunami of electropop euphoria that jolts the EP into life in style.

Following the ‘Distractions’ is two of the earlier tracks Knocking Ghost released; ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ and ‘Independent Girl’. There’s no major noticeable changes made to the former of the two tracks, though here it feels like extended intro to ‘Independent Girl’. Again the snare hits are what really drive the track, though the wall of synth noise is what creates the atmosphere. ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ has such an immersive sound to it, making it such an easy track to zone out to, though it only lasts two and a half minutes. That said, you could quite possibly hear this track extended into a twenty minute mix on its own and not get bored of listening. If it’s good to see ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ carry across to the EP, however, then it’s fantastic to see it followed by ‘Independent Girl’. The exact moment the track explodes into existence is the moment you realise the massive potential Knocking Ghost have. If released twenty years earlier, ‘Independent Girl’ is an instant disco classic. Released today, we can only hope it gets similar exposure. The track is overflowing with colour and life throughout, much of it provided by Quinlan’s expertly-delivered synth work, and it’s hard to hear this track and believe Knocking Ghost have only been making music for a matter of months. If you were to take this track and the Killers’ ‘Human’’ back in time to 1985, asking the synthpop scene to identify which is the platinum selling track and which is the first full effort from a fledgling trifecta of Londoners, Knocking Ghost would be almost certain to garner more platinum guesses. It would deserve it too, almost glittering through just over four minutes of uncontrollable electropop bouncing.

Like ‘Independent Girl’, Knocking Ghost also chose to carry ‘Beginning’ over to the new EP. No less of a highlight as the sound the trio capture here is more anthemic than any other effort on the album, certainly living up to its description as a “beautiful explosion of sound”, given last time 7bitarcade acquainted itself with the band. It’s perhaps Taylor’s best vocal performance on the EP as well, especially in the chorus, combining so seamlessly with Quinlan’s synths to provide a trance-enthused tour de force that once again is hard to believe Knocking Ghost have knocked out as one of their first singles, less than a year into their life as a band.
‘Leave It Behind’ serves as an outro track to the EP, a three minute interlude that gives Quinlan another chance to shine in the spotlight, with Taylor’s vocals just another effect at his disposal in this track. With interludes often being just a breather between tracks, it’s interesting to see the EP closer labelled as such. Whether this implies that a ‘Distractions Pt. II’ is in the works, or simply that a follow-up EP is sooner than you might think is open to interpretation, though however Taylor and co. follow up this EP will be hotly anticipated. Start ringing everyone you can with every phone you have, because Knocking Ghost are making an early claim as to why they should be the next big name in the synthpop universe. And they’re making it bloody well. - 7 Bit Arcade


"Knocking Ghost - Distractions (7 Bit Arcade)"

KNOCKING GHOST – DISTRACTIONS

BY ANTONY
FEBRUARY 4, 2013
TAGS: DISTRACTIONS, KNOCKING GHOST


As 2012 drew to a close, one band just beginning to flex its muscles as it stepped into the sun for the first time was Knocking Ghost. The London-based trio had only released three tracks into the world when they first came to our attention in December, but they were three tracks that spelt a very promising future for the band. Flash forward six weeks, and Knocking Ghost have just unveiled their debut EP Distractions, along with a music video for the title track, providing a perfect opportunity to see if the early momentum is set to continue.

It’s the title track that kicks off Distractions, hissing into life as each element of Knocking Ghost is pieced into the puzzle one by one. Guitar is joined by the Chris Martin-esque voice of Rob Taylor, the building percussion of Andy Hobson, and eventually dreamy-sounding synth backing delivered by Neil Quinlan. The pounding snare drum hits are fist-pumping gold, while the combination of Taylor’s voice and his layered synth accompaniment is a tsunami of electropop euphoria that jolts the EP into life in style.

Following the ‘Distractions’ is two of the earlier tracks Knocking Ghost released; ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ and ‘Independent Girl’. There’s no major noticeable changes made to the former of the two tracks, though here it feels like extended intro to ‘Independent Girl’. Again the snare hits are what really drive the track, though the wall of synth noise is what creates the atmosphere. ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ has such an immersive sound to it, making it such an easy track to zone out to, though it only lasts two and a half minutes. That said, you could quite possibly hear this track extended into a twenty minute mix on its own and not get bored of listening. If it’s good to see ‘Interlude for the Midweek’ carry across to the EP, however, then it’s fantastic to see it followed by ‘Independent Girl’. The exact moment the track explodes into existence is the moment you realise the massive potential Knocking Ghost have. If released twenty years earlier, ‘Independent Girl’ is an instant disco classic. Released today, we can only hope it gets similar exposure. The track is overflowing with colour and life throughout, much of it provided by Quinlan’s expertly-delivered synth work, and it’s hard to hear this track and believe Knocking Ghost have only been making music for a matter of months. If you were to take this track and the Killers’ ‘Human’’ back in time to 1985, asking the synthpop scene to identify which is the platinum selling track and which is the first full effort from a fledgling trifecta of Londoners, Knocking Ghost would be almost certain to garner more platinum guesses. It would deserve it too, almost glittering through just over four minutes of uncontrollable electropop bouncing.

Like ‘Independent Girl’, Knocking Ghost also chose to carry ‘Beginning’ over to the new EP. No less of a highlight as the sound the trio capture here is more anthemic than any other effort on the album, certainly living up to its description as a “beautiful explosion of sound”, given last time 7bitarcade acquainted itself with the band. It’s perhaps Taylor’s best vocal performance on the EP as well, especially in the chorus, combining so seamlessly with Quinlan’s synths to provide a trance-enthused tour de force that once again is hard to believe Knocking Ghost have knocked out as one of their first singles, less than a year into their life as a band.
‘Leave It Behind’ serves as an outro track to the EP, a three minute interlude that gives Quinlan another chance to shine in the spotlight, with Taylor’s vocals just another effect at his disposal in this track. With interludes often being just a breather between tracks, it’s interesting to see the EP closer labelled as such. Whether this implies that a ‘Distractions Pt. II’ is in the works, or simply that a follow-up EP is sooner than you might think is open to interpretation, though however Taylor and co. follow up this EP will be hotly anticipated. Start ringing everyone you can with every phone you have, because Knocking Ghost are making an early claim as to why they should be the next big name in the synthpop universe. And they’re making it bloody well. - 7 Bit Arcade


"World Premier Knocking Ghost (The Sound Of Confusion)"

You will have noticed that over the past few weeks we've been getting decidedly excited about London synth-pop duo (or quartet live) Knocking Ghost who bowled us over with first track 'Independent Girl' and did more than enough with the other pair of songs they'd uploaded to earn themselves a place on our 'Sound Of 2013' tips list. Well now we feel incredibly privileged to give you the world exclusive first airing of their debut video 'Distractions' which is taken from the EP of the same name, available for free download from today. If 'Independent Girl' isn't etched into your brain by now then you need to get that sorted right away, and the band have correctly decided that this masterpiece should also be included on the EP along with 'The Beginning' and 'Interlude For The Midweek'.

Those songs should be familiar to you already, but 'Distractions' comes to us boxfresh and smelling of awesomeness. Another irresistibly up-tempo electro-pop cracker along the lines of 'Independent Girl' and a chorus that the world's biggest popstars employ teams of professional writers to come up with. This is how the new Delphic album should have sounded. The wintry video takes you on a journey from the bleak and picturesque countryside to the city and its rightful place at a party. Then our protagonist mysteriously decides to dart back to that scenic area of leafless trees. Of all the new electro-pop groups emerging this year Knocking Ghost stand tallest, and this is thanks to holding on to their alternative edge while embracing pop wholeheartedly and possessing the ability to put the two together into songs of such a high calibre. This might be brand-spanking new but we're already hungry for more.
- The Sound Of Confusion


"World Premier Knocking Ghost (The Sound Of Confusion)"

You will have noticed that over the past few weeks we've been getting decidedly excited about London synth-pop duo (or quartet live) Knocking Ghost who bowled us over with first track 'Independent Girl' and did more than enough with the other pair of songs they'd uploaded to earn themselves a place on our 'Sound Of 2013' tips list. Well now we feel incredibly privileged to give you the world exclusive first airing of their debut video 'Distractions' which is taken from the EP of the same name, available for free download from today. If 'Independent Girl' isn't etched into your brain by now then you need to get that sorted right away, and the band have correctly decided that this masterpiece should also be included on the EP along with 'The Beginning' and 'Interlude For The Midweek'.

Those songs should be familiar to you already, but 'Distractions' comes to us boxfresh and smelling of awesomeness. Another irresistibly up-tempo electro-pop cracker along the lines of 'Independent Girl' and a chorus that the world's biggest popstars employ teams of professional writers to come up with. This is how the new Delphic album should have sounded. The wintry video takes you on a journey from the bleak and picturesque countryside to the city and its rightful place at a party. Then our protagonist mysteriously decides to dart back to that scenic area of leafless trees. Of all the new electro-pop groups emerging this year Knocking Ghost stand tallest, and this is thanks to holding on to their alternative edge while embracing pop wholeheartedly and possessing the ability to put the two together into songs of such a high calibre. This might be brand-spanking new but we're already hungry for more.
- The Sound Of Confusion


"Knocking Ghost - The Beginning (The Record Stache)"

I'm a little late with this one, but here's the follow up to the previously released "Independent Girl" by London's Knocking Ghost. The latest single, "The Beginning", continues the use of band's wonderful homage to the great acts of the '80s new wave scene. However, where "Independent Girl" sounded like a mix between Depeche Mode and Naked Eyes, this song is a bit more like the sounds of the Psychedelic Furs, minus the saxophone.

On "The Beginning", Knocking Ghost definitely brings the energy to match the dark undertones. I love how these guys completely embrace the goth sound. Dance-able beats and choruses set to serious and sometimes depressing subject matters haven't been this good since the decade that spawned them.

Knocking Ghost has the potential to be a huge act this year. They already sound like one. - The Record Stache


"Knocking Ghost - The Beginning (The Record Stache)"

I'm a little late with this one, but here's the follow up to the previously released "Independent Girl" by London's Knocking Ghost. The latest single, "The Beginning", continues the use of band's wonderful homage to the great acts of the '80s new wave scene. However, where "Independent Girl" sounded like a mix between Depeche Mode and Naked Eyes, this song is a bit more like the sounds of the Psychedelic Furs, minus the saxophone.

On "The Beginning", Knocking Ghost definitely brings the energy to match the dark undertones. I love how these guys completely embrace the goth sound. Dance-able beats and choruses set to serious and sometimes depressing subject matters haven't been this good since the decade that spawned them.

Knocking Ghost has the potential to be a huge act this year. They already sound like one. - The Record Stache


"Band of the Day: Knocking Ghost (7 Bit Arcade)"

You can write entire tomes on the plethora of bands trying to burst out of London’s bustling underground music scene. Unfortunately, with such a high concentration of musicians vying to be the “next big thing”, many are likely to get lost in the smoke. It takes something increasingly special to escape from the pack as time goes on, but one band looking not just to break the mould, but to smash it to pieces in 2013 is Knocking Ghost.

Sounding like the Human League with a large quantity of gunpowder packed underneath to add a little extra thrust to the sound, the London-based trio have burst onto the scene confidently with their first three tracks giving a very promising first glimpse at the synth-heavy outfit.

Independent Girl romps into life with all the swagger of an ‘80s disco classic, the synth-driven sound a throwback to early New Wave music but with a modern charm to boot. Rob Taylor’s vocals are powerfully yet casually delivered, while Andy Hobson backs up Neil Quinlan’s synth noise with a pounding drum backing that really ties the song together, and it’s surprisingly easy to imagine the track being a persistent floor-filler at any level. There’s nothing overly complex at work here, but the elements that are in play are executed to emphatic success.

‘Independent Girl’ has the potential on its own to launch the band up more than a few rungs of the London music ladder if the right people get a hold of it, so if there’s any track they should be firing off to radio stations and record labels as much as possible, it’s this one, summing up the “New Wave isn’t dead” mantra much better than many bigger artists have been able to in recent years. I’m looking at you, Brandon Flowers.

The strength of ‘Independent Girl’ doesn’t take anything away from following track The Beginning, however. Straight from the start, the track feels like one of those that could light up any room its played in. An atmospheric anthem for the disenchanted, ‘The Beginning’ is a beautiful explosion of sound and Taylor’s vocals are hard not to get caught up in, sounding almost like someone has slipped Chris Martin some MDMA and let him loose at a KOKO club night. Quinlan’s performance is exemplary here too, while Hobson’s drums once again help take the piece’s anthemic sound up a couple notches as the track goes on.

It’s fairly likely that the ‘Beginning’ and ‘Independent Girl’ will be the leading tracks of an eventual first full-length release from Knocking Ghost, which is something that’s very difficult to claim about. For a new band with just three songs to show for themselves at this point, the promise that Knocking Ghost have is quite staggering. The third track is ‘Interlude for the Midweek’, which is, as the title suggests, a small bit of filler that nevertheless allows the chemistry within the band to be showcased once again.

The piece is only two minutes long, but it still manages to keep up the atmospheric sound captured so well by ‘The Beginning’, and hearing this effort extended into a full-length track doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. It’s somewhat pleasing to see that the band can produce equally confident pieces without Taylor’s vocals driving them forward, though ‘Interlude for the Weekend’ undoubtedly has the potential to be turned into a superb track to thrust the band even further into the ionosphere. Until then, however, it still packs a punch that would see it go down well on the club scene, and hearing the band smash it out as well as the tracks that Taylor does sing on cannot come soon enough.

It seems like there is a waiting game to be played while Knocking Ghost work on more music in order to start playing shows and working on a full album or even just an EP release. There is certainly no waiting to be done, however, for the band to start producing fantastic music. It’s rare that bands hit the right notes straight from the start, but in a year that has already produced birthed more than its fair share of promising new acts, it seems that Knocking Ghost have stolen the show right at the very end.

Prepare to hear a lot more of this particular London trio, because while it does take something very special to break from the London music scene, Knocking Ghost have certainly got it. - 7 Bit Arcade


"Band of the Day: Knocking Ghost (7 Bit Arcade)"

You can write entire tomes on the plethora of bands trying to burst out of London’s bustling underground music scene. Unfortunately, with such a high concentration of musicians vying to be the “next big thing”, many are likely to get lost in the smoke. It takes something increasingly special to escape from the pack as time goes on, but one band looking not just to break the mould, but to smash it to pieces in 2013 is Knocking Ghost.

Sounding like the Human League with a large quantity of gunpowder packed underneath to add a little extra thrust to the sound, the London-based trio have burst onto the scene confidently with their first three tracks giving a very promising first glimpse at the synth-heavy outfit.

Independent Girl romps into life with all the swagger of an ‘80s disco classic, the synth-driven sound a throwback to early New Wave music but with a modern charm to boot. Rob Taylor’s vocals are powerfully yet casually delivered, while Andy Hobson backs up Neil Quinlan’s synth noise with a pounding drum backing that really ties the song together, and it’s surprisingly easy to imagine the track being a persistent floor-filler at any level. There’s nothing overly complex at work here, but the elements that are in play are executed to emphatic success.

‘Independent Girl’ has the potential on its own to launch the band up more than a few rungs of the London music ladder if the right people get a hold of it, so if there’s any track they should be firing off to radio stations and record labels as much as possible, it’s this one, summing up the “New Wave isn’t dead” mantra much better than many bigger artists have been able to in recent years. I’m looking at you, Brandon Flowers.

The strength of ‘Independent Girl’ doesn’t take anything away from following track The Beginning, however. Straight from the start, the track feels like one of those that could light up any room its played in. An atmospheric anthem for the disenchanted, ‘The Beginning’ is a beautiful explosion of sound and Taylor’s vocals are hard not to get caught up in, sounding almost like someone has slipped Chris Martin some MDMA and let him loose at a KOKO club night. Quinlan’s performance is exemplary here too, while Hobson’s drums once again help take the piece’s anthemic sound up a couple notches as the track goes on.

It’s fairly likely that the ‘Beginning’ and ‘Independent Girl’ will be the leading tracks of an eventual first full-length release from Knocking Ghost, which is something that’s very difficult to claim about. For a new band with just three songs to show for themselves at this point, the promise that Knocking Ghost have is quite staggering. The third track is ‘Interlude for the Midweek’, which is, as the title suggests, a small bit of filler that nevertheless allows the chemistry within the band to be showcased once again.

The piece is only two minutes long, but it still manages to keep up the atmospheric sound captured so well by ‘The Beginning’, and hearing this effort extended into a full-length track doesn’t seem like too much to ask for. It’s somewhat pleasing to see that the band can produce equally confident pieces without Taylor’s vocals driving them forward, though ‘Interlude for the Weekend’ undoubtedly has the potential to be turned into a superb track to thrust the band even further into the ionosphere. Until then, however, it still packs a punch that would see it go down well on the club scene, and hearing the band smash it out as well as the tracks that Taylor does sing on cannot come soon enough.

It seems like there is a waiting game to be played while Knocking Ghost work on more music in order to start playing shows and working on a full album or even just an EP release. There is certainly no waiting to be done, however, for the band to start producing fantastic music. It’s rare that bands hit the right notes straight from the start, but in a year that has already produced birthed more than its fair share of promising new acts, it seems that Knocking Ghost have stolen the show right at the very end.

Prepare to hear a lot more of this particular London trio, because while it does take something very special to break from the London music scene, Knocking Ghost have certainly got it. - 7 Bit Arcade


Discography

2011
Remixes:
Bastille - Flaws (Starshapes Remix)
Erasure - Be With You (Starshapes Remix) via Mute
For remixes Knocking Ghost used the name Starshapes.

2013
Debut EP 'Distractions' released 28th January 2013.
Tracklist:
Distractions
Interlude For The Midweek
Independent Girl
The Beginning
Leave It Behind Interlude

Photos

Bio

Knocking Ghost is a band from London (UK). Their genre can be described as Electronic/Synthpop/Indie.
Under the name Starshapes they made remixes for Bastille and Erasure in 2011 via Mute Records.
In 2012 they decided to change their name to Knocking Ghost. In late 2012 they started putting up their own tracks. The debut EP’Distractions’ was released late January 2013.
They gained attention from various music blogs worldwide. Their singles ‘Independent Girl’ and ‘Distractions’ were featured on several international Indie playlists (BIRP, TheIndieRockPlaylist,etc.) between January and May 2013.
Their new single 'Soul Aspiration' will be released in Autumn 2013.

Band members:
Rob Taylor (Vox)
Neil Quinlan (Synth/Noise)
Andy Hobson (Drums)