Not to be confused with the witch house genre of electronic music (which sometimes goes under the ghost wave tag), the band Ghost Wave is a New Zealand power trio. It’s inspired by ’80s bands on the Flying Nun record label, as well as the ’60s British Invasion and some ’70s recordings by Lee “Scratch” Perry. Ghost Wave’s 2012 eponymous EP opens with a reverberated electric guitar picking over scratchy vinyl fidelity before the rhythm section ignites and “Sounds” plays with an early-‘80s authenticity. “On a Breeze” shimmers with twangy surf-guitar tones that recall ‘60s bands like The Sunrays and The Ventures, as well as more contemporary hodad-rockers like Ty Segall, Allah-Las, and Wavves. The sunny “Gold” is a mellower tune with a Byrdsy jangle and three-part nasal-toned, vocal harmonies reminiscent of early Beachwood Sparks. “Sunsetter” cranks up the reverb on the guitars as the bass plays a little higher than usual on the fretboard over a driving beat that culminates in a sound that would work well opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Ghost Wave offer free download of "Country Rider" new video out track out as well

Ghost Wave Offer Download Of Country Rider

It’s been a busy week for Auckland’s Ghost Wave. On the heels of the release of their “Bootlegs” video earlier this week, they now reveal the video for their third single “Country Rider” and offer a free download of the track as well.

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Ghost Wave Reveal New Track "Bootlegs" Debut Album Ages Out August 27th in the U.S. on Flying Nun Records

Ghost Wave Reveal New Track “Bootlegs”

After sharing the jangly garage pop of “Here She Comes” off their forthcoming debut full-length, Ages, last month, Ghost Wave reveal their second single, “Bootlegs”. Flying Nun Records (The Clean, The Bats, The Chills) will release Ages on August 27th in the U.S..

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Ghost Wave member Matthew Paul shares his favourite five with Northern Transmissions, "Ages" from Ghost Wave comes out August 27 on Flying Nun in North America

Ghost Waves’ Matthew Paul’s Favourite Five

Matthew Paul from Ghost Wave shares five of his favourite albums with Northern Transmissions. Some of his selections include “Elvis 56” by Elvis Presley, “Suicide” by Suicide, and “The Perfect Perscription” by Spaceman 3. “Ages” the new album from Ghost Wave comes out August 27 in North America on Flying Nun Records.

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Ghost Wave catches up for an interview with Northern Transmissions. Their new album "Ages" will be out Via Flying Nun and Captured Tracks

Ghost Wave Chats With Northern Transmissions

Yeah the first couple of sessions were done really fast, the main tracking sessions. We did them in like two days, then we did a few short but pretty focussed bursts of recording to finish up the record (like vocals, organ and guitar overdubs). We sort of knew what we were going to do

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