In early 2018, pianist Holly Bowling, guitarist Tom Hamilton (American Babies/Joe Russo’s Almost Dead), guitarist Raina Mullen (American Babies), bassist Steve Lyons (Nicos Gun), and drummer Scotty Zwang (Dopapod/RAQ) announced an exciting new project titled Ghost Light. With plans for the highly anticipated band’s debut album and inaugural tour already in the works, fans have been eager to hear what Ghost Light sounds like before they hit the road in March.
While the group has been fairly tight-lipped about their sound—in a recent interview with Live For Live Music, Bowling and Hamilton offered up some cryptic hints as to what to expect sonically while delving in deep about the thought process, history, and goals for Ghost Light—yesterday, the band gave eager fans the first real taste of what they’ve been working on in the studio. In an eight-minute live Facebook session last night, the band showcased some of their immense improvisational skills.
It’s unsurprising that the instrumental video posted sees the band embracing the players’ improvisational natures. In the same Live For Live Music interview on Ghost Light, after Bowling explained that the “whole catalyst for this project was improvisation,” Hamilton expanded on this idea:
What the record is going to be is not like what the live show is going to be. An album is a statement, you know? It’s a document and snapshot of a particular moment in time, so we have that hat on. But when it comes to taking that album and bringing it into the live arena, that’s when we turn ourselves back into the improvisers that we all are. We get to really see what these songs can do and where they can go and how they can change and grow—and this is with all the music that we’ll play. Whatever it is, whether it’s just the songs on the record or any other music we play, it’s all gonna be ‘whatever happens.’ We just want to out there and try to do something beautiful and interesting every night.
You can get your first glimpse of Ghost Light’s sound below, courtesy of the band, plus check out the group’s upcoming tour dates on their website here.