Cool Ghouls seemed so young back when we first wrote about them in depth nearly four years ago: they were purveyors of a joyous San Francisco sound that just felt like a gorgeous sunny day. After four years, tons of live performances, and an ever-changing city, Cool Ghouls have grown up a bit on their third LP, Animal Races (available on Empty Cellar Records August 19). They still play with a distinct California sound that highlights their tight harmonies over jangly guitars, but there’s a sense of melancholy in the Ghouls’ material to go along with some new instruments, (such as my favorite, pedal steel) that reveal a heavy dose of maturity to go along with the slight shift in their sound. So far they’ve shared a pair of tracks from the album, “Days” and “Sundial”. “Days” features acoustic guitar and piano that make contemplating a mundane life just seem…important, while “Sundial” is a love song showing off the Ghouls’ signature sound:
Cool Ghouls perform at The Chapel August 11, before touring all over the U.S. and Europe. They’re all grown up! And it’s great to see.