Ghost Bath – The Super Spooky Exclusive Toilet ov Hell Interview

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I do this genuinely. I want to learn something. Dig deeper. Probe. What I got from this particular interview was, to say the least . . . mystifying.

I guess it looks creepy?CT-12 started going on about Ghost Bath last year when their 2014 opus Funeral started making waves within the community. My first listen aroused a feeling akin to waking up and finding out you’re drowning, except you see Saint Peter donning a beard and corpsepaint.

So, you claim you blast other DSBM bands. Abyssic Hate is what you slit your wrists to. Well, Ghost Bath might not be for you. Conversely, it may be just the thing you’re looking for. If you combined Deafheaven with Lustre, then threw in some Asian flair, you’d get some kind of amalgam of Ghost Bath. They manage to seamlessly embody a somewhat traditional USBM instrumentation, a unique Euro-DSBM vocalization, and a hint of the Far East. It’s a band that is one part joyous, one part moribund, and one part frightening.

 

On this reeking shitheap we call the internet, there have been rumors circulating about the origin of the band. On this subject, I will say this one thing: I was instructed by 无名(Nameless) that any questions regarding culture or nationality would not be answered. He was true to what he said. Sadly, many of the questions I had prepared revolved around this; I believed it was important. I will let you decide for yourselves what this really means. I give zero fucks about their trve origins, so long as what I hear makes my heart die, melt, and incinerate in a hopeless conflagration.

This is the unedited version of our conversation:


 

BB: The term “ghost bath” refers to death by submersion in a body of water. It sounds almost peaceful. Is this how the members of Ghost Bath would prefer to end themselves?

Nameless: The death “drive” as humans is something that enjoys showing its face throughout our lives. The stress of life; the need for food, shelter, and water; social acceptance; and the constant pain of both our physical body and mental state is a constant force. To some, these daily stresses are nothing but an annoyance and to others it brings a great deal of agony.

Beyond our instincts to survive, exists this death drive -the Thanatos- a low moaning that fills the background of our daily motions. It strives only for peace -for sleep. What could ultimately destroy the perpetual discomfort of life itself? A return to the inanimate state. A journey back to the lifeless matter we once were made of. Death brings this final peace. And in death, the woes of the living are no longer an issue. We are nothing and everything once again.

BB: Funeral took the DSBM scene by storm last year, and Moonlover is looking to continue this trend. We’ve heard “Golden Number.” The release date is drawing nigh, what can we expect to differ in this highly-anticipated album?

Funeral explored the notion of dying. The act itself. It asked the questions of what the process consists of and how this, in return, affects those who go through it (which is everybody at one point or another). It takes the view of both the dying and the surviving.

Moonlover is a piece much more connected to life in the reality that we all occupy. An envy of those with courage enough to brave the cold stare of death. For we are too cowardly to attempt such release. So here we stand, stranded on the Earth. And while we walk through the grave sites of those who have gone, the governing celestial body that is the moon smiles down, lighting the way. Moonlover is an obsession with isolation, the darkness, the night.

BB: I would pay an insane amount of money for a Ghost Bath vinyl. These do not currently exist. Is there any hope for vinyl pressings of Funeral or Moonlover? More shirts or clothing?

Many have asked us this question. If it were up to us, we would press both on vinyl. Currently there is no plan set in stone for either, though the topic has been brought up to both Pest and Northern Silence. If any plans develop, a post on one of our pages will inform those who are interested. Shirts are in the same boat.

BB: In many Asian cultures, the professional mourner has become a norm at funerals for people who feel that our generation no longer properly weeps for the dead. Is there an intentional relationship to this phenomena in Ghost Bath’s theme and tone?

No.

Funeral (2014)

Funeral (2014)

BB: In Funeral, you used a portion of painting by John Everett Millais called “Ophelia.” With Moonlover, you’ve chosen a piece called “La Luna” by Luis González Palma. Why did these works connect with Ghost Bath’s music?

The best art is found by accident. Both of these pieces were discovered and stumbled upon. The moment they were uncovered, it was known they would be the covers. An unexplainable feeling. Possibly the same attachment/emotion described as “love at first sight.” Luis Gonzalez Palma gave us written permission as long as we sent him a copy for his son. Hopefully he enjoys the album.

BB: “Am I Dead Yet?” was a leitmotif in Funeral. Well, you’re obviously not dead yet. Will Moonlover ask the same questions? Has it answered any?

In short, no. Funeral was an album drenched in the idea of death, while Moonlover is a torturous state of stagnation on the earth. The album was written as an earthly endeavor. The sounds and scapes should be a longing sensation for something more.

BB: Is there any likelihood in a tour of North America supporting Moonlover?

A tour is currently up in the air. But it would be a lie to say we are not preparing for something of the sort.

BB: I know Ghost Bath want to retain a bit of anonymity but, before we go, maybe you can give us a little piece of information that no one else knows.

Ghost Bath, the entity, continues to work extremely hard for the next album is already underway. We have seen death. We have explored the melancholic and the mundane that exists on our planet. But what of the state beyond our consciousness? What of the beings that exist beyond our comprehension? What of those who inhabit our dreams, who seize our thoughts, and who soar above the heavens?

We will soon learn.

无名 (Nameless)


So, there you go. Did we learn anything new? I have no fucking idea. The only thing that really matters is that Ghost Bath continue making brilliant albums. Their second full-length, Moonlover (NSFW album art), will be released March 13th on Northern Silence. You can now stream two of the tracks from their bandcamp.

I’d like to thank whoever it was I actually talked to for the opportunity, and I eagerly await the new album (we’ll go ahead and put it on my top 10 of 2015).

Ghost Bath on Bandcamp | Ghost Bath on Facebook | Northern Silence

  • VVayne Brady

    Another great review, BB. Well done.

  • nbm02ss

    Good interview. I’m surprised Japan isn’t crawling with amazing DSBM bands, especially since they have a whole forest full of suicide victims; maybe I’m just not looking in the right places.

    • Dagon

      Or maybe you need to delve deep into the forest to hear their songs…

      Just saying.

      • CyberneticOrganism
        • Keegan Lavern Still

          A surprisingly cool movie. Only problem is that I’m convinced of those monsters’ existence and nothing can convince me otherwise.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            I saw 17 trolls while in Norway. I didn’t get any pictures, but they were there.

          • hope they didn’t get any computer close!

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            I drove one away last summer. One of them midget likes. In Lapland, the bugger crossed the border to our side, I say Norway must keep it’s own Trolls to itself!

          • Stanley
          • Tapir McPhallus

            You sure that it wasn’t kuukupööpötin?

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            I was. Now I am not.

          • old_man_doom

            Agreed. Also, Kvelertak in the end credits>>>>>>>>>>

  • Hail Blackbeard, pirate king of interviews!

    • BASEDBEARD

      Just fyi, I’m trying super hard for a Dragonland interview

      Doubt it will happen, next might be abstracter

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        Yo BXXXXBXXXXX I am just getting caught up from yesterday, but, this is fantastic stuff.

  • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

    When I got to “De***eaven” i was very skeptical to continue on, but I did. Cool interview.

    Single word answers are always great too.

    • Satan

      • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

        Satan

        • Dagon

          Satan

          • Keegan Lavern Still

            M. SHADOWS

            Am I too late to that party? I think I’m too late.

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Stan.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            Santa

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            (I actually ment to write satan)

            Sanat

            (That’s a word for words)

          • Stanley

            Yes?

      • CyberneticOrganism

        … … … … … … … … Satan.

      • XD

    • BASEDBEARD

      I feel that it was a fairly accurate description

      • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

        It is for most blackgaze shit.

    • CT-12

      You should give em a shot man, it’s good stuff. The drummer’s a fucking tank too.

      • BASEDBEARD

        I probably did them a great disservice with that description, regardless of how apt it feels. I think the fact that I make that comparison has a lot to do with the controversy surrounding their collective nationality.

        • CT-12

          Nah dude, you’re good man. I can hear a lil Derfherven, but like I said, if people let another band’s name somehow get in the way of them listening to an incredible band, then so be it, that’s just being close-minded

          • BASEDBEARD

            What can I say, I’m a #Wildcard

          • …And Justice For Lolz
          • BASEDBEARD

            ¯_(ツ)_/¯

          • …And Justice For Lolz

            I wasn’t sure if I’d be into them, I’m a DSBM amateur at best, but after listening to the two Moonlover tracks, I’m digging their sound quite a bit.

            Nice work Mr. Pirate.

          • Herr Schmitty

            Will never not upvote this gif. Never.

          • whilst i do not enjoy Deafheaven (and i have given them several chances and seen them live) i do enjoy Ghost Bath. and i do feel some relation between both bands, but to me GB does things that DH doesn’t, and vice-versa

          • CT-12

            Not to be a douche, but yeah, I think what Ghost Bath has going for them is they are just good. I haven’t listened to a shit ton of Deafheaven so I can’t really talk shit, but they just don’t seem like a super great blackgaze/post-black metal band in general; I just felt like I’ve heard better. Maybe somebody can convince me otherwise though…

      • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

        I tried, it didn’t click. Sorry man.

        • BASEDBEARD

          I didn’t expect this to be in Tyree’s wheelhouse, anyway.

        • CT-12

          Welp, at least you know you’re not missing out on anything!

          • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

            I tried twice. Yesterday someone tagged me on it and I listened for a while. I tried again today here and still nothing. Glad you guys dig it though.

      • Nope

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

    So is the current rumor that they’re from like, North Dakota?

    • BASEDBEARD

      I’ll give you my opinion: some of the members are from China, some arent

      • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

        That’s kind of a shame, really. It brings to mind the Myrkur controversy over her country of origin.

        • Dagon

          Isn’t she Danish, though?

          • Dagon’s Shocked Right Nipple

            Born. Lives and has for an eon in some place like NewYork or something.

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            As much as Lars Ulrich is.

          • JWG

            …I just want you to know I (almost) resisted making a pastry joke.

        • BASEDBEARD

          Like I said in the article, I really don’t care. Their music is beyond amazing

          • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))

            That’s the thing, any controversy just distracts from their talent in some people’s minds. Myrkur on the other hand sucked despite the controversy.

          • This is exactly why I hated Myrkur so much. I don’t care where she’s from, what I do care about is the insane amount of hype that album got before release, and the incredible amount of suckage it had when released

    • Stockhausen

      Yes, but there’s a lot of controversy surrounding the possibility that one or two of them are from South Dakota. That would be straight up offensive.

  • This is a fantastic interview, B***kb***d.
    ALSO, HOLY SHIT THIS RULES.

    • Dagon

      I can agree on both statements.

    • This particular Deafhaven detractor agrees with you.

      • CT-12

        I see a slight correlation with Deafheaven, but I think there’s very notable differences between the two bands. If anybody let’s that get in the way of them listening to this incredible band, their fucking loss.

      • Eddie Trunk Jr., Floor Tech

        I love them!

  • Dagon

    I know you didn’t write a lot (this being an interview and all) but I genuinely liked the way you phrase things. Good job.

    • BASEDBEARD

      I always try to keep these short in order to not detract from the interview itself.

  • Keegan Lavern Still

    I just preordered my copy about a half hour ago, and now this pops up! It makes me feel as though I’m ahead of the kvlt curve, except not really. And I’m okay with that.

  • Stockhausen

    Great read. When Ted Nu-Djent posted these guys on the FB page I only got around to listening to a bit of the first song, and I dig the melancholic feel and interesting vocal approach.

    • Keegan Lavern Still

      It’s probably because my Gold/Steele-esque voice can’t reproduce them, but I just can’t get enough of those high-pitched howling vocals. God damn.

      • DSBM vocals are an aquired taste, but once they click, they click hard.

        • BASEDBEARD

          This one clicked super hard for me and my buddy

  • Dagon

    Also I feel like I need to point out three things:
    1) Their selection of artwork is very, very solid.
    2) Will we see some psych elements on their next album? I hope so. It would be interesting.
    3) I hope Luiz Gonzalez Palma’s son is not a Rings of Saturn fan.
    “Hola, hijo, una banda de metal usou una fotografia mia en su capa”
    “Dejame ouvir, papa”
    *Disappointment

    • BASEDBEARD

      I doubt there will be any psych stuff, but I’m super interested in the piano stuff they’ve added, fits real well

      • Dagon

        There’s also a flute/ocarina thing at the end of “Death and the Maiden”. That was neat.

      • CT-12

        You ever listen to their first EP? Some cool stuff on that; all their piano pieces are pretty sick

        • BASEDBEARD

          I probably did when I first started listening to them, and from then on its been Funeral and what’s been released of Moonlover. I should probably go back and listen again. That cover is super dope too.

          • CT-12

            Yeah, it’s only like 2 songs with an intro and outro, but it’s good nonetheless.

  • JWG
  • Hot damn! I’m going to have to go listen to their first album. I like bands that explore what I refer to as “high-concept subjects”. Philosophical topics and views of the physical and spiritual always interest me greatly.

  • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”
    • Striborg is a cool as hell band. On that one man black metal documentary I saw, I liked that he records some of his shit in a cave. Now THAT’S metal.

      • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

        Got to keep it desolate.

    • Tyree Imbruglia is “Torn”

      Awesome one female DSBM band.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJ8rFAZ0mW8

  • Paris Hilton

    I tried to give a ghost a bath one time. He told me that though he appreciated the effort I just didn’t have the spirit.

  • Spear

    I’m starting to come around to this band. Great interview.

  • CT-12

    Fuck yeah man, sick fucking interview dude, so cool that we’re one of the few sites with an interview of those guys! Thanks for the props too by the way haha

    • BASEDBEARD

      You’re welcome, bud. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    great sounding music—the more you hear it—the more it sounds like theyre really on to something—

    here’s a mix of natalie imbrulglia (“torn”—left naked on the floor “victim”/90s fashion robot–as her album “left of the middle” —>communism—>is forced on mainstream puppet as cute yet sexless androgyne—–speaks of being “torn”—as “the new 30”—also watch the weird frog video

    ghost bath as foundation for future astronaut chinese girl pop–via black metal/post 911truth
    —-
    all 3 at once–with 1st two vids muted—or with only the 2nd muted(actual sound of future pop/black metal hybrid music)
    http://youtu.be/Rtf5UDAx_VI

    http://youtu.be/jhcsXT3sOZU

    http://youtu.be/nyiw1hzkmNs

    • BASEDBEARD

      Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz stays on topic for once? Who fucking knew.

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    all 3 at once–full vol
    ://youtu.be/zhWQFuArpxs

    http://youtu.be/CkTQUtx818w

    http://youtu.be/mg530raHyuo

  • BASEDBEARD

    Also, in related news, I predicted this last year and it has happened (edit: featured comment)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebxIwwhV5MA

    • BASEDBEARD

      This fucker sure knows how to push buttons. This album gets a based approval of infinite.

    • Tapir McPhallus

      Yeeeah, I heard this when they released the song. It’s a good one m8.

      • BASEDBEARD

        Nah I have the album

  • JvRv

    This music is at once both a salve to my graying mood, and a contributor. Great interview BLXCKBXXRD. This kind of stuff is right up my alley.

  • Further Down the Metal Hole

    Can’t wait to give this a listen, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for the air of mystery surrounding the band and this interview (which I enjoyed reading).

  • i finally read the whole interview and listened to the songs. this is fvcking wonderful, @blackbeard_s_ghost:disqus…. and so are you <3

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