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Ghost Who Walks - Single Review: Walking Talking Blues

06 Aug 2018 // A review by Paul Goddard

Ghost Who Walks are one of those bands whose mixture of blues, funk and soul could easily fall into the abyss that is mediocrity. Like any band who mix genres, the result can be something that should be tasty but also runs the risk of coming out as bland as the rice crackers I am munching on while writing this.

I must admit as a song title, Walking Talking Blues seemed a little cliched and had me expecting a very middle of the road Bluesy yawn fest but it is actually a soulful track that comes into its own during the moments where the passion can be heard in Sam's vocals. It has all the ingredients you would expect, and the mix is spot on, as is the musicianship. The structure is a little formulaic but a chorus refrain that stands out adds a bit of spice and gives the song its own identity.

There is an undercurrent to the music created here that slowly seeps in and makes you want to move. The connection is made but not in an overtly in your face kind of way. On multiple listens I had a different experience, the lead break became a stronger focal point. I forgot about the song title and when the preconceptions that gave me faded away, I discovered a band that has huge potential. They have enough going on to take the music in any direction they choose and if they choose to stray a little further away from their comfort zones and get a bit more experimental then things could get very exciting.

Ultimately, this song makes me want to go and see Ghost Who Walks play live as this is where I think their music will really shine.

★★★ (3 stars)


Review written by Paul Goddard

 

About Ghost Who Walks

Ghost Who Walks is Sam Fowles, backed by his band operating under the moniker of "The Ghost". We are a New Zealand, funk, rock, blues band that is homegrown in Wellington. With a tight rhythm section and groove that will make you move; soaring leads, funky riffs and soulful vocals. With lyrical styles that relate to the listener, our aim is to move the body and touch the soul with our music.

Since the bands inception, Ghost Who Walks have wowed audiences with our electrifying live sets. Our mission statement is a conscience, clear vision: "to make music that moves the body and touches the soul". The revelation of the Wellington born guitarist, singer and songwriter who finds himself just as much a fusion as his wide range of inspirations and influences. Pushing the boundary's musically as far as possible with songs that drive and soar... like the anthemic Vertigo taking you on a psychedelic funk journey, the crunching calling card of Searching for Freedom through to the funky, down and dirty Walking Talking Blues cascading into the inspirational Soul Power.

"Ghost Who Walks - Energetic and engaging, these guys grab your attention and hold it! Highly recommended" - Duggedy @ Bad Grannies, Cuba Street, Wellington.

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