Brighton based four-piece Holiday Ghosts release their second LP, West Bay Playroom on PNKSLM Records, and it’s an album rooted in cathartic and collective joy.
Musically the touchstone for West Bay Playroom is garage rock, opener ‘Low Flying Bird’, with its The Clean-
As great as this all is the real beauty is how West Bay Playroom, throughout its 36 minutes run time, makes you feel. Indeed, there’s something woven into the fabric of the 14 songs found here that make you feel less alone in dealing with the crap that gets thrown at you each and every day. Maybe its Katja Rackin’s singing “I’m only here so I can feel alive and I don’t need your confirmation to survive” on ‘Stuck Here’? or the call and response from what sounds like most of the band of “How
West Bay Playroom makes you feel like you aren’t alone in feeling like this, its frenetic energy makes you feel like you’ve walked into a packed gig with everybody feeling the same, a collective and cathartic outpouring. It’s easy for garage rock record like this to be ‘party’ records without really meaning anything, but Holiday Ghosts latest offering completely avoids this – it harnesses the power and energy of the genre to mean something, to make a statement.
In these tough times, we all need a release, a valve to release the pressure and in turn inspire social change – Holiday Ghosts’ West Bay Playroom is one of those records.
West Bay Playroom is out via PNKSLM Records on Friday 15th February. Find out more via this link: https://holidayghosts.bandcamp.com/album/west-bay-playroom-lp