Geisterhaus release ‘The Garden’ on 7th September 2020
Manchester is a musical city. That much everyone knows. From The Smiths to The Stone Roses, The 1975 to The Hollies, there’s little within the City’s musical repertoire that hasn’t already been touched upon. That said however, while the pervading touch of Morrisey and Marr or The Brothers Gallagher is never far from the forefront, rarer is the atypical influence of ancient philosophy, ‘90s video games and glitchy garage punk.
That’s where geisterhaus come in.
Brainchild of ‘musician and human being’ Thomas Hammersley, live vocals and guitars are combined with synthesiser loops to achieve the trademark fuzzy, distorted almost-dystopian electro-punk sound that sets him apart from so many of his Mancunian contemporaries. Indeed, latest single ‘The Garden’ is no different.
Written and recorded over the UK’s lockdown, ‘The Garden’ is four minutes of angular and abrasive electronics juxtaposed against hazy and hypnotic vocals and an earworm riff that’s unlikely to leave your head for days.
Described by Hammersley as being based “on Epicurus’ belief that the Gods exist but have no interest or hand in human affairs. The song seeks to draw a comparison with the rich and powerful members of contemporary society who could use their resources for the greater good, but instead choose to acquire more power and wealth.”
A message the track may harbour, but it feels far from preachy or like a political parable, instead it feels like the perfect introduction to geisterhaus’ personal brand of post-punk dystopia. It’s weird, but that’s just the way we like it.