Video Premiere & Interview: Love Ghost – ‘Closure’

Love clings to you forever, whether you’re in it or out of it. Like an apparition you can’t shake, it never leaves. The music of Love Ghost haunts in a similar fashion. The Los Angeles quintet—Finnegan Bell [lead vocals, guitar], Ryan Stevens [bass, backing vocals], Daniel Alcala [guitar, engineer backing vocals], Samson Young [drums, backing vocals], and Cory Batchler [keys, backing vocals]—crawl into a space between ethereal grunge and lo-fi bedroom hip-hop punctuated by emotional delivery and airy hooks.

Generating over six million total streams and views to date and touring worldwide, the group conjure a style equally informed by Seattle tradition and Souncloud-era fearlessness on a series of 2020 singles and more music on the horizon.

“We’re meshing those two sides,” explains Finnegan. “It’s not too urban for the suburban kids, and it’s not too suburban for the urban kids. We’re uniting the rap and rock worlds in our own way, adding guitars to hip-hop, bringing beats to rock, and blurring the lines.  It materializes between different genres.”

Long after the heyday of Alternative Nation, Finnegan stumbled upon his parents’ copy of Nevermind. Intrigued by the cover, he popped it into the CD player and immediately fell under the spell of grunge, moving on to Alice In Chains soon after.

At 13 years old, he grabbed an acoustic guitar and played in coffee houses and backyards around Los Angeles. Inspired by everything from The Smashing Pumpkins and My Chemical Romance to Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, Lil Peep, City Morgue, and $uicideboy$, he quietly cultivated a sound akin to “Nirvana putting beats over their songs with a trap machine.

In 2016, Ryan joined Finnegan in an early iteration of the band before Finnegan and Ryan linked up with the 6’8 Samson at one of Finnegan’s acoustic shows. Together, they launched Love Ghost, adding Daniel and Cory to the fold. Writing constantly, they hit their stride during 2019. After “Mr. Blue” cracked 100K Spotify streams, “Let It All Burn” posted up 416K Spotify streams, while 2020’s “I’ll Be Fine” went viral to the tune of 2 million YouTube views and 683K Spotify streams.

The latter also graced coveted playlists such as New Noise on Spotify and Fresh Blood on Apple Music. Along the way, they attracted praise from LA Weekly, Elicit Magazine, Buzz Bands LA, Alternative Addiction, RIFF Magazine, and more. Building an international fan base, they even toured Ireland, Japan, and Ecuador. Teaming up with producer Danny Saber [Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Alice Cooper], Love Ghost got to work on releasing singles on a monthly basis.

Mirroring prolific output more common in hip-hop culture and releasing a steady stream of music and content, they ignite this next chapter with the singles “Closure” and “Angel With A Smoking Gun.” Guttural guitar brushes up against breathless verses before a hard-hitting chant on “Closure.”

Finnegan goes on, “It’s a break-up song about drawing the line when enough is enough. You’re being pushed to the limit by someone who just won’t back off. It’s the anger that comes with fresh heartbreak.”

 “Angel With A Smoking Gun.”  Melodic guitar brushes up against glitchy 808s as the track climaxes on a gut-punching riff. Alternating between vocals by Finnegan, Samson, and Ryan, unfiltered lyrics unspool intensely with lines like, “I know you only love me, because you got drugs for free” and “I got PTSD, got a 30-round clip.”

“I had the idea for a tattoo of an angel with a smoking gun in a dream,” he explains. “It’s the first time the three of us have sung on a track. Honestly, it’s about sticking up for yourself. It’s not about how hard you get hit, but how you get back up. The angel with a smoking gun represents being hurt by someone you thought you could trust. There’s a dichotomy between something heavenly and graceful and something chaotic and violent. It’s a story of betrayal.”

It’s just one of many stories Love Ghost have to share though.

“Our mission statement is to give a voice to the voiceless and heal people with depression and anxiety,” Finnegan adds. “My favorite artists gave me this experience, so I want to do the same thing with Love Ghost.”

Check out our premiere of Love Ghost’s “Closure” below:

As an added bonus, we also interviewed Love Ghost, and you can read our exchange below:

What was the writing and recording process like for this song, and what are some of the lyrical themes?
The initial idea for the song ‘Closure’ came from our bassist, Ryan Stevens. He made the guitar riff.  I actually was on the phone with him the night before the session and I heard it and was like ‘Yoooo, that’s sick!! Let’s build on that tomorrow.’ 

We record everything at a DIY warehouse where our guitarist Daniel Alcala set up a computer for us to record. The recording process was quick, we made the song in two long sessions where we worked until 2 a.m. in the morning. The lyrics deal with the themes of heartbreak, loss of trust, and a failed relationship that you’ll never get “closure” from. This is something that all of us in the band can relate to, which is what made this song sound so passionate.

What can we expect on the upcoming record?
We’re developing strong fan growth and great traction by releasing a steady flow of singles. For now, that’s going to be our focus with releases. We pour our souls into our craft, so you can expect lots of anguished songs that have our ‘Trap Rock’ vibe. We’re going to be releasing lots of music in 2021, and we’ll be dealing with heavy subjects, and hope we can help people that went through similar struggles as us.

Do you all have any writing or recording plans for another album?
Yes, we are always writing and making new music, we meet multiple times a week to record. So you can expect a lot of new songs from us over the next year, we’re gonna go as hard as we can and we’re really excited to share everything with our fans.

Any livestream or post-pandemic, hopeful touring plans?
We will be having another live stream in early 2021, and we’re holding tight on any touring plans until COVID is over, and there’s a green light for live music again.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for interviewing us and to all of our supporters. We love each and every one of you!!

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