Local “instrumental space rock band” A Ghost Like Me recently released its debut album, The New Paradigm. The group includes members of Crystal Kind, Stankface, Blue Stone and The Dark Shave. Fans of these bands probably have some idea of what to expect: Psychedelic themes, driving percussion, fanciful solos and songs that tend to run well over the six-minute mark.
“Threshold” opens with a churning bassline and spacey burbles, a more menacing contribution to the Moonraker score, perhaps. “Japan” delivers funk, dynamic melodies and interesting play between guitars and synthesizers. “Song For Gaia,” a shorter track, shows a different side of A Ghost Like Me, leading with echoey flute and birdsong. “lucis ressurrectio” also uses flute, sounds of dripping water and distant bells — a dreamy soundscape, more temple or massage studio than rock club. But “Bridging The Gap,” The New Paradigm‘s lead song, illustrates A Ghost Like Me’s rock roots. There’s a jam feel, for sure, but also the metallic twang of southern rock, the smack of cymbal and the grinding guitar chords that, played live, are almost certain to be ear-splitting — though no less melodic for the volume.
The New Paradigm is available for digital download, or catch the band live this weekend at BoBo Gallery. The show includes local experimental rock band Two Planes opening and electronic duo-turned-trio Graviton Project — with Zack Hayes of Doc Aquatic on drum kit — closing. 8 p.m., $3.