VIDEO PREMIERE: THE GRINNING GHOSTS “WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT FROM ME?”
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The Grinning Ghosts just released their extra-gigantic 27-song Youth On The Rack album last month—you know it’s a serious when the vinyl has to come out as abridged edition—and they’ve just made a video for “What Would You Expect From Me?”, the grand finale for their magnum opus. It’s grunge-y indie-punk song with heavy guitar and lots of old-fashioned frustration and angst. The video (directed by Emanuel Farina with Cesar Luna) is basically a live-action cartoon about love gone wrong or love that never goes anywhere in the first place, but the song itself is about all those times when you find yourself stuck in the muck of a friendship that’s not functioning anymore. And if he sounds especially exhausted, says singer/guitarist Daryl Blake, there’s a reason:
“It’s an old song. It was recorded at Jazzcats Studio in Long Beach by Jonny Bell. It was one of the last vocals we recorded that day so my voice got increasingly gruff as takes continued. I think this ended up serving the song. The song is about feeling trapped in a dysfunctional relationship. I suppose it was originally written about a romantic relationship but became, for me, to be about many relationships, many not romantic in nature. These are relationships that have love at some level, but also contempt. It’s also about seeing that, and recognizing it as unhealthy—bad—but also feeling grief, mourning at the loss of the relationship.”
So consider it as cathartic as it is catchy, and catch Grinning Ghosts themselves on Fri., June 7, at the Fox Theater in Pomona and on Sat., June 15, with Ramonda Hammer at a venue TBD. You can get Youth On The Rack here, and follow the band on Spotify here.