A name like Ghost Box Orchestra might conjure goofy images of spiritual entities run amok—think that Ghostbusters ghost trap or Zak Bagans from Ghost Adventures babbling into a microphone in the dark—but the music of Boston psych warriors Ghost Box Orchestra is emphatically earthbound. There’s a thumping, clattering physicality to their songs that separates them from more Hawkwind-indebted space-rock acts like Eternal Tapestry. Singer and guitarist Jeremy Lassetter calls their second album, Vanished, a “darker and heavier” record, and you can find out if that’s an accurate description when the record arrives on May 14, but for now listen to our premiere of “Rhythm Of The Hills.”
The six-minute track is a bewitching slab of snapping bass, epic drums, death-cult-choir vocals and desert-rock guitar lines that untangle themselves as the song progresses. It’s head music shot through with enough rhythm to keep you from drifting off into the dark recesses of your subconscious. Check it out below.
CMJ also got the chance to ask guitarist and singer Lassetter a few questions about the song and the upcoming album.
What inspired “Rhythm Of The Hills” musically?
“Hills” came out of an improv from a practice a few years ago. We had finished our first record and were writing a bunch of new material and out it came.
How does the song fit in the context of the album?
The second album is darker and heavier than the first. The songs have more density and weight this time around, and “Hills” is a prime example of that.
What’s the psych-rock scene in Boston like? Are there any other local bands you draw inspiration from?
Boston is flourishing with great music. The psych scene here is very diverse. I wouldn’t say there is a unified “sound” happening, rather a spectrum of influences and psych sub genres made by immensely talented people who are naturals at making it their own. Having that many talented people around you is inspiring.
What’s up next for the band once the album comes out?
We are always writing and developing new sounds, improvising and shaping new material in our rehearsal space. We’re looking forward to getting back out on the road to promote the record. West Coast? Another round of East Coast dates? Not in stone yet. We chiseled away on this record for two years and are extremely happy with it, so we are eager to spread it far and wide.