Within the span of a month I was lucky enough to catch Ghost (Ghost BC) not on one occasion, but on two. I was stoked to first catch them at the Growlers’ Beach Goth in Santa Ana where they won over an unexpected crowd. I had heard so much about them -both for their music and theatrics. I had heard stories about the secessions of their band members, which not only is a unique take on what a band is but I feel it keeps it contemporary, ever-evolving in a way.
Most bands are a finite product, what you see is what you get. Of course everyone changes and grows as artists throughout the years, but when a band is confined to its members the possibility of growth is also confined by their potential. With Ghost this isn’t quite true…I see Ghost not as the final project but rather the ultimate goal of an abstract concept. Each member of the group has a year or two to add to the concept which is in fact ever changing and infinitely evolving. As their music grows and refines itself, their stage personas, and their cult seem to grow as well.
They are now touring in support of their third studio album rightly entitled Meliora which is Latin for “Better Yourself.” Fronted by their third leader so to speak, Papa Emeritus III who masterfully leads his band of nameless ghouls through a show, second to none.
I feel my experience at Beach Goth 2015 gave me a glimpse of one of their shows and it captivated me into wanting to see more. I wanted to see if they could actually keep me interested during a full length concert or if their charisma was to be short lived. After their show at North Park let me tell you, I will not be missing them the next time they’re in town. If you are lucky enough to catch one of their shows you can expect an experience that catapults you straight out of this world. There is such a great balance of passion and this almost medieval dark foggy setting with a modern loud yet melodic take on classic metal. You will not want to miss it.