Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ghastly Murder.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
GHASTLY MURDER: Ghastly Murder is a solo project delivered to you by Gary Emmins/Mr.E. (Singer/songwriter & guitarist of The Filthy Spectacula) Ghastly Murder is an entirely different beast. The music is darker, the music is heavier. There are definite influences of gothic metal within the sound that I/we make. The idea for Ghastly Murder to re-emerge (I released a solo track a couple of years back as Mr.E’s Ghastly Murder) was mainly brought about by the lockdown and by the frustration of not being able to rehearse or play live. For a while I had had this type of musical project in mind and this seemed the now perfect time to put those plans into action. So I wrote some songs that were darker than what I was used to performing and set about finding people to make this happen. I first was recommended a drummer (Sam White) who did a great job, I then went down to Brighton to record the songs with a couple of members of the band Birdeatsbaby who own a home studio. I recorded 6 songs down there which is now the E.P. ‘The Rise & Demise of Gory Emminence’ – My plan is to release a track roughly 1 per month. The bigger plan would be (money allowing) to expand this E.P’s worth of songs into an albums worth. I have a concept in mind of creating a whole world for these songs to exist within based in a post (punk) apocalyptic time in a ‘loose’ conceptual album/narrative.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
GHASTLY MURDER: For Ghastly Murder I have looked towards more gothic rock and industrial bands in terms of the sound of the guitars. It is a very drum driven sound that is accompanied by the roar of the guitars amongst the melodies and hooks. As a musician my tastes are quite eclectic so I think it is difficult for me to pin point exactly who I had as an influence, I always tip my hat to the likes of say Rammstien or System Of A Down but I have no desire to try and sound like them as I like to think my music in unique and I will (it seems) always take the more difficult path of doing material that maybe difficult to pigeon hole – I don’t aim to sound like other bands. If I wanted to do that I would join a tribute band.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
GHASTLY MURDER: As I said the EP songs are coming out one by one. First out of the blocks is a chaotic and whirling tornado of a song called TWITCH which can be found HERE. It also has a zero budget music video for the song which is on YouTube. Other releases hot on the heels of this is a very dark song called ‘CHLOROFORM’ which will be released on December 3rd- followed monthly by the other tracks – First out on Bandcamp then on Amazon/iTunes/Spotify, etc. All information about the band can be found HERE about what we are releasing and what we are up to HERE or HERE.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
GHASTLY MURDER: Playing live is something I love to do and I front The Filthy Spectacula very successfully. Ghastly Murder as a live event has not happened as yet due to this being currently a solo project. I have had live offers and I am tempted to do it solo but I think it would be nice to play live as a band, so I am on the hunt for the right musicians to bring this to life on stage. It would be a very visual show and would be themed in terms of set design, costume, lighting and sound in an attempt to create the post-apocalyptic world of Ghastly Murder. I would like audiences to see something as well as hear something- so no jeans, no trainers, no t shirts etc… I want it to be an immersive experience.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
GHASTLY MURDER: Once established (and remember this is basically the embryo stage of the band) I would like our audience to find us and us to find them. I see this as a ‘band’ and as a live experience playing clubs, venues and festivals in the U.K and beyond. I would obviously like to release more material (an album or 2) and a handful of videos etc. In 5 years it would be nice for the world to know the music, the look and the name GHASTLY MURDER (enter our world if you dare!)