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Zombie Ghost Train

Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE

Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia | INDIE
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"Album Review "Dealing the Death Card""

How’s this? Australia’s ultimate home of hardcore, Resist Records, has signed up and released a CD by Sydney’s undead trio of psychobilly lunatics, Zombie Ghost Train. Has the world gone mad, or have the undead put a spell on Graham Nixon and he is simply doing their evil bidding? Neither, because the folks at Resist have recognisd that Zombie Ghost Train are a devilishly hard-working rock ‘n’ roll band who have laid down the foundation with gigs, gigs and more gigs and have now built on that foundation with a collection of exceptional songs that run the gamut of a broad genre. An enjoyable hayride to hell and back, the finger-picked sound of a stand-up bass is there, their echo chamber vocals and the sound of drumsticks htting the side of the snare (all hallmarks of the rockabilly genre) exist in spades, but there is great surf tunes, a couple of country tunes which would raise a cheer in the largest Tamworth pub and enough swampy misery to please the most maudlin undead. Get aboard the train or perish! JS - Blunt Magazine

"Live Review"

When Zombie Ghost Train, took to the stage, the crowd gathered with an air of expectation. An all out effort from the boys celebrating the release of 'Monster Formal Wear'. From their makeup and onstage double bass acrobatics to their rocking psychobilly tunes, Z.G.T had their audience in a positive uproar, a must see for any punters who likes their live music rocking. Z.G.T left no one in the room disappointed and were without a doubt the stand out band on the night. Tinn Tin –Triple H FM Sydney online review EMPIRE HOTEL ANNANDALE - Triple H FM Sydney online review

"Album Review "Glad Rags & Body Bags""

“There’s one thing that can’t be denied: the band’s musicianship. It’s superb. Obviously, pulling off speedy rockabilly/psychobilly with some aplomb takes skills, but these guys are one of the tighter units out there. Guitarist and lead singer Stu Arkoff, bassist Captain Reckless and drummer AzzA-T certainly know when to pull out the chops and when to lay back – or, in Reckless’ case, when to ride his doghouse bass like it’s some kind of wooden bronco. It’s a facility that pays off in spades across Glad Rags & Body Bags. The high-octane nature of this type of music leaves little room for musical mistakes, and so it’s exhilarating to hear the quick stop-start nature of the solos here – very Eddie Cochran, in places, though there’s some tasty jazz riffing to be found also – and the locked-in nature of the slapped bass and the heavy-beat drums. There’s a sense of curled-lip sureness here that’s particularly edifying.”
Glad Rags & Body Bags review Luke Martin – www.fasterlouder.com.au - Faster Louder

"Live Review"

“Zombie Ghost Train are without a doubt, Sydney’s finest live band. If you’ve never seen them – well, f**k you because this is what every good live act fantasises about playing like”
Michael Ljubic – BRAG magazine, Sydney - BRAG Magazine

"Album Review"

When I hear the word psychobilly, three groups come to mind above all the rest: the originators of the genre from the UK in the Meteors (simply because of the fact that they did originate the genre); their German comrades Mad Sin; and the triage of undead musicians who are Zombie Ghost Train.

Glad Rags & Body Bags is by far the second-best psychobilly album I own and have ever heard (only preluded by Mad Sin's Survival of the Sickest). The CD starts off with the title track, an instrumental which immediately sets the standard and tone for the rest of the release, and begins to showcase only a fraction of the musicianship these artists possess.

It moves quickly along to one of the singles for the album, "R.I.P.". This is one of my favorite songs from the band, and one that really puts on display the band’s potential for all different types of playing styles. The song shifts and changes in tone and sound a number of times, with great backing vocals during the chorus, wonderfully fast and reckless stand-up bass lines from Captain Reckless, and breakneck drumming from Azzy T.

"Dark Times" is up next; another song which shows Zombie Ghost Train’s varying musical capabilities. This tune is moderately slower than the others, and is reminiscent of a Stray Cats’ rockabilly song sped up and with darker lyrics.

The next track is another single from the album, and is usually considered the most popular. Entitled "Graveyard Queen," this song tells the tale of a girl, becoming, yep, you guessed it, a "graveyard queen." It starts with an organ and vocal introduction, the latter obviously done by Stu Arkoff, who by the way has one of the best (if not the best) singing voices in all of the psychobilly genre. It speeds up, as most of their songs do, moving along with a great pace and haunting backup vocals that that add an eerily welcome effect. This is only added to by the thriving upright bass of Ct. Reckless and the great solo from Stu from a very `50s sounding guitar.

"Black, White and Dead" is yet another great example of ZGT’s ability. This song takes you on a wild ride as they change tempo a number of times, all the while incorporating elements into the song that complete the spookish tune. Again, a very `50s sound guitar is present, but what is more notable here is the feverish drumming of Azzy T, who truly does bring his drum set to life.

"Deadcat Rumble" brings the album back to the more “psycho” style of the group. A relatively fast pace provides a good shelter for the violent lyrics at hand. Less prevalent here is Ct. Reckless, who can really only be heard well during the breakdown portions of the song, as he is drowned out a little by the louder and more overbearing guitar (though this in no way takes away from how good a song this is).

Up next is an amazing rendition of Devo’s hit song from 1980, "Girl You Want." I’ve often heard it said that psychobilly bands can only play ‘psychobilly’ songs, and they aren’t adequate enough musicians to play ‘normal’ music. With this cover, ZGT puts every naysayer to shame and in their place as they prove that psychobilly musicians aren’t only adequate enough to play ‘normal’ music, but they excel at it and can turn most any song into a psychobilly classic.

"Alone" is a very downtrodden and almost somber song, obviously dealing with the issue of isolation. Although not the most popular track on the album, this song still offers a lot to the album as a whole, giving some ‘leisure time’ or a break from the breakneck speed of the release, and a chance for the listener to catch his or her breathe.

"Night Time Crawling" picks up the pace of the album again with a song that is speedy yet at the same time rather subtle and mellow. It starts and ends with the same guitar chords, again very reminiscent of a Brian Setzer guitar, which adds to the song a very welcome `50s sound that goes along perfect with the ghostly noises and backing vocals.

Another instrumental from the band is next in "Zombie Beach." This song, as the title implies, blends superbly the two genres of psychobilly and surf rock into an upbeat tune that is great to dance to, clap along to, and play over and over again.

"Gone" starts with a great percussion intro by none other then Azzy, who precedes another mesmerizing set of bass lines from Reckless; after that comes the great guitar work of Stu, followed by his own deep and emphatic voice. A catchy tune which more than adequately showcases Stu’s vocal range as a singer gives the listener another great song to sing along with.

Next comes, in many ways, a tribute song to the king of rock 'n’ roll (Elvis Presley, for those of you that don’t know). "Buried Next to the King" starts off with a very, very deep vocal intro from Stu who sings of some of his journeys through music and his desire to be buried next to the King throughout the song as it picks up in pace. Most notable here is Reckless’ bass, which roars with power, i - PunkNews.org

"Album Review "Glad Rags & Body Bags""

Three slicked-up, monster-coiffed psycho-specters playing super-catchy rockabilly riffs and sly surf songs, Zombie Ghost Train infect a harmony that steamrolls on Glad Rags and Body Bags – produced by Peter Gage (The Meteors, Demented are Go and Nekromantix). Taking cues from the Cramps and Ghoultown, ZGT dust it up with voodoo vibes on cool cuts like Deadcat Rumble and Nighttime Crawling. Plus, the planter-headed dork in you should dig the nutty cover of Devo’s Girl U Want. I’m aboard, hell I’m the freakin’ Zombie Ghost Train conductor. Tooooot! ~Tomb Dragomir
- Rue Morgue Magazine


Dealing the Death Card - 2007
Glad Rags and Body Bags - 2005
Monster Formal Wear - 2003



With the electricity of early 50's rock n' roll and the passion of 70's punk, Zombie Ghost Train are one of Australian rocks best kept secrets. A powerhouse psychobilly band with a world wide following, Zombie Ghost Train deliver something truly unique. As a band that once had a car accident whilst doing their makeup on the way to a gig and who have a double bass player who once played a whole show in roller skates, they are a hard act to pigeon hole. There are not many bands who can break down genres like these guys! To quote an early review "from their makeup and onstage double bass acrobatics to their rocking psychobilly tunes, Zombie Ghost Train had their audience in a positive uproar, a must see for any punters who likes their live music rocking".

2008 is shapping up to be an exciting year already with an Australian tour with USA rockers Tiger Army just announced and a details of Zombie Ghost Trains next USA tour to be confirmed very soon.

It comes hot on the heels of a very busy 2007 which saw Zombie Ghost Train sign to American label S.O.S. Records and Australian label Resist Records for the release of their new album, 'Dealing the Death Card'. Having sold close to 10,000 copies of their first two releases, toured the USA and Europe to rave reviews and sell-out crowds, as well as playing countless shows across Australia, this hard working band are set to blast off in 2008.

Singer Stu Arkoff describes 'Dealing the Death Card' as a "coffin full of monster rock n' roll with a couple of surprises for our older fans. The idea for the death card in the title came from the tarot death card that can represent transformation and moving forward. Its not necessarily a bad sign as some may think. I see this album as a positive evolution of the bands sound and for me it covers alot of themes. Burying the past, hedonism, dealing with loss, dangerous women and of course rock n' roll. Its a 13 track carnivale of psychobilly, garage punk and sin".

In May 2007 Zombie Ghost Train hit the road for a national Australian tour and in July embarked on their second tour of Europe and their third tour of the USA in support of 'Dealing the Death Card'. Their overseas tour saw them performing 60 shows in 70 days across 50 different cities. Having played packed-out shows in Hollywood, Texas, New York, Germany and Spain not six months previous, anticipation was high for their return. Through their relentless touring schedule they've built a passionate and dedicated fan-base and in the last two years alone they've covered over 80,000 miles.

Formed in 2003, a love of punk rock, monster movies and 50s trash culture bought three, Sydney based rockabillys together to form an unlikely outfit. The Sydney based trio consisted of Stu Arkoff on vocals/guitar, Captain Reckless on double bass and Azzy T on drums. Sharing a serious passion for music with a healthy sense of humor, they exploded onto the Sydney live music scene with big hair, a unique sound and an energetic and theatrical stage show.

It wasnt long before they released their first recording, the internationally successful mini album 'Monster Formal Wear', released globally through German label Crazy Love Records. This was followed by their highly successful full-length debut album 'Glad Rags and Body Bags' in 2005. Glad Rags and Body Bags was released in Australia through Shrunken Head Records and MGM, in the USA through Hairball 8 & Psychobilly Records and latter in Europe through German horror punk label, Fiendforce Records.
Thirteen tracks of musical madness from beyond the grave, Glad Rags and Body Bags included live favorite Graveyard Queen and a twisted version of Devos classic Girl You Want. Described as an eclectic mix of songs blending psychobilly, garage punk, swamp-rockabilly, surf, Egyptian folk tunes and voodoo rhythms, Glad Rags & Body Bags helped Zombie Ghost Train cement there position on the global psychobilly scene.

As well as a new album, 2007 also saw original drummer Azzy T moving on and taking an extended break from the band. New skin hitter JM jumped onto the stool and has been well and truely embraced by the ZGT faithful.

Make sure your best funeral attires pressed and get ready to rock with Zombie Ghost Trains new album Dealing the Death Card.