Holiday Ghosts’ music manages to perfectly encapsulate their name: fun on the surface, haunting underneath. Formed in Falmouth on the south coast of Cornwall, this indie rock four piece has two albums and one EP to their name.
The music comes via drummer Katja Rackin and guitarist Sam Stacpoole, with the two swapping lead vocal duties. Rackin’s voice is both melodic and instantly memorable, while Stacpoole’s playing conjures up all your favourite 60s guitar-smiths. Imagine what The Pastels would have sounded like if they’d been produced by Kim Fowley and you’re getting there.
Back in 2017 they released their self-titled debut LP, a rough-edged record that drew comparisons with The Modern Lovers and The Clean. 2019 follow up West Bay Playroom, meanwhile, brought a brighter sound to the turntable, with songs like ‘Booksmart’ and ‘Just A Feeling’ demonstrating their ability to deliver clever lyrics in a pop package.
Holiday Ghosts’ third record North Street Air – their first in collaboration with their new label home FatCat Records – was released in May and has been widely praised by the likes of Rough Trade, Brooklyn Vegan, KEXP and more, and has been spotlighted by BBC 6 music and included in their Album of the Day feature. With 12 songs of love, hate and everything in between, Holiday Ghosts continue to navigate a striking reputation for story telling alongside an unforgettable live and rocking energy.