LA band Love Ghost have channelled their individual struggles into positive action, combining the early 90’s alternative rock sound with lyrics which speak very openly about their lives. With each band member having overcome both mental health and social issues in their lives, they have combined to find both solace in the music they make as well as using it as a platform to help others seek the help they need. With crunching riffs, singer Finnegan Bell’s immediately engaging vocals and their secret weapon, Mya Greene’s ethereal viola playing, they are a unique band who are ready to make the leap to a global audience, starting with a tour of Ireland.
Love Ghost comprise Finnegan Bell (lead singer/guitarist); Mya Greene (viola); Ryan Stevens (bass guitar) and Samson Young (drums), all of whom share a background of mental health issues, something they openly discuss with their fans on social media, hoping to break down preconceptions as well as to encourage others to use music and art as a force to take back control of their lives. Having all been asked to leave school at various points in their lives they have united, despite their musical backgrounds (Finnegan – alternative rock; Mya – classical; Ryan – metal; Samson – jazz), to create music which is both exhilarating and cathartic.
Nowhere’s lyrics, written by Finnegan, reflect one of the darker points of his life, his relationship with a girl spiralling out of control as he sank further into depression:
“From an everywhere in my head, leading to a nowhere in my soul. You bring me joy, I bring myself down.”
Utilising the poetry of Bell and Greene, all the band contribute musically, but the band have pushed themselves to give even more back to society. Recognising themselves as being “outsiders”, they contribute monthly to help feed Los Angeles’ homeless community, perhaps the most overlooked outsiders of them all.
With a stunning video, Love Ghost are grunge with a social conscience and though with echoes of Alice in Chains’ riffs and Smashing Pumpkins’ colliding melodies, offer a truly unique and diverse sound from four musicians who continue to triumph against adversity whilst championing the underdog and giving them a voice.
On Tour in Ireland Dec 18/Jan 19
27th December – Roisin Dubh, Galway
28th December – Whelan’s Dublin
2nd January – Cleere’s Kilkenny
3rd January – ChezLeFab, Limerick
4th January – Spirit Store, Dundalk
5th January – Crane Lane, Cork