PODCAST: Episode #129: Andy of Thou on Working with Emma Ruth Rundle, Roadburn and More!

Ghost Cult scratched one off the interview bucket list recently by chatting with Andy Gibbs of Thou! We talked all about Thou’s new collaborative album with Emma Ruth RundleMay Our Chambers Be Full (read our review here), due out on October 30th via Sacred Bones. Andy candidly chatted about writing with Emma, long in the works and put into fruition via Walter Hoeijmakers of Roadburn, how the band and Emma complemented each other, the concepts delved into the album, working with photographer Craig Mulcahy,  their hoped-for joint tour and festival plans for the album getting ruined by covid-19, the bands’ penchant for covers and slowing down on them in the future, and what the next phase of Thou music might look like. Purchase the album here and listen to our chat.

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ALBUM REVIEW:  Emma Ruth Rundle and Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full

Roadburn Festival, largely due to the impetus of its main organiser and curator Walter Hoeijmakers, has often acted as a hub for all manner of interesting collaborations between artists who sit in the arty or experimental corners of the heavy music world. May Our Chambers Be Full (Sacred Bones) the new collaboration album from Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou, is the latest creation which owes a debt to the festival, conceived as it was in the wake of the two artists’ joint set at 2019’s Roadburn. Continue reading

Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked for Death

marked-for-death-e1472489932460As we are coming up towards Hallowe’en, it seems appropriate that we should get some sort of haunting into our lives. The new album from Emma Ruth Rundle, erstwhile of Los Angeles noise merchants Marriages and latterly of solo artist of some renown, might just be the perfect accompaniment for the dark night of All Hallows’ Eve and then many more to come. Continue reading

Guest Post: Becky Laverty of Pioneer Press- End Of Year List

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As we dash towards the holidays and the end of the year Ghost Cult is feeling good about this season of giving. So we are giving our fans a chance to get to know our partners, peers, and friends from bands in the world of music. They will chime in with some guest blogs, end of year lists, and whatever else is on their minds as we pull the plug on 2015. Becky Laverty, publicist of Pioneer Press, who takes care of many of our favorite bands in the UK and europe, and handles all things press for Roadburn Festival, Damnation Festival and many others. This lovely lady has agreed to write us a list of her favorite releases of 2015, “in no particular order”.

 

ChvrchesEvery Open Eye

I listen to this to the point that my boyfriend hates it. ‘Empty Threat’ in particular is a banger

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MarriagesSalome

I missed seeing them live twice in April, but finally saw them on tour with Deafheaven.’Love, Texas’ is a favourite.

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Chelsea WolfAbyss

Listening to this feels like drowning, but in a good way.

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The BridesmaidGrayson

A short release, and one I worked on, but it’s a fantastic first release and I can’t wait to hear what they produce next.

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With The DeadWith The Dead

Another I worked on – which was an honour (featuring Lee Dorian of Cathedral) and a lot of fun. The album just crushes, pure and simple.

With The Dead, photo credit Ester Segarra

with The Dead, photo credit Ester Segarra

 

Insect ArkPortal/ Well

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These are mesmerising live and beautiful to listen to on record. Highly recommended.

 

Carly Rae JepsonEmotion

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I had to swap this in at the last minute… it’s full of pure pop hits, which in my opinion, is hard to beat.

 

Beach HouseThank Your Lucky Stars

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I listen to this when I’m alone and working quite a lot.

 

Royal ThunderCrooked Doors

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I have a lot of love for Royal Thunder and want desperately for them to play over here again. ‘Time Machine’ is such a strong opener. Pow!

 

TribulationChildren of the Night

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Another band that nails it live – 100%, and they’re big fans of a lemon cheesecake martini, I hear.

 

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Helms Alee and Marriages Doing Co-Headlining Tour In January

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Helms Alee and Marriages will be kicking off the new year with a co-headlining tour. Confirmed dates are below.

HELMS ALEE US/CANADA 2015
Jan 16: Copper Owl – Victoria, BC (CA) (No Marriages)
Jan 17: The Hindenburg – Vancouver, BC (CA) (No Marriages)
Jan 18: The Shakedown – Bellingham, WA (No Marriages)
Jan 20: The Press Club – Sacramento, CA (No Marriages)
Jan 21: The Garage – Ventura, CA ^^
Jan 23: Jewels Catch One – Los Angeles, CA ^^
Jan 24: The Hideout – San Diego, CA ^^
Jan 26: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ ^^
Jan 27: Bunkhouse Saloon – Las Vegas, NV ^^
Jan 28: Hemlock Tavern – San Francisco, CA ^^
Jan 30: Bunk Bar – Portland, OR ^^
Jan 31: Neumos – Seattle, WA ^^

^^ Co-Headline with Marriages