December 2, 2013
From house parties to local venues, San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls have done their fair share of performance around the city. In their newest music video “Grace,” the band has opted for the San Francisco seaside.
The video begins with a brief interview with the band, in which they reminisce about the origins of “Grace” – which, apparently, has to do with a girl wanting to touch singer Pat McDonald’s mutton chops.
“Grace” carries a 60s soul and psychedelia feeling that has had a rendezvous with some country twang. The video includes three guest trumpet and saxophone players that come together wonderfully to reproduce the originality of the track.
Cool Ghouls, Santoros, The Spyrals, Unstrung, DJ Al Lover
Brick & Mortar
December 13, 2013
November 25, 2013
Last week, Pat Thomas, bassist, singer, and songwriter for Cool Ghouls premiered “Not Right Now”, the first single from his debut solo EP Coasters Riding in the Air. Pat tells me Cool Ghouls will continue to be his main focus, but he simply had a lot of songs written immediately after the Ghouls’ debut LP was released and didn’t want to disrupt their energy and practice time with his new songs. “So the quickest way for me to make these songs real was to lay em down on my 8 track on my own time. I was unemployed, so I had plenty of that,” says Thomas.
Coasters Riding in the Air will be available as a digital download from Empty Cellar and on cassette from Burger. To celebrate the release, Thomas will play a free show at Vacation on November 26 with Joseph Childress, who will also be celebrating the release of his Rebirths LP. Pat isn’t planning to play more solo shows and Childress puts on amazing live performances, so don’t make the mistake of missing this one if you’re in town. Listen to the smile-inducing “Not Right Now” below.
Pat Thomas, Joseph Childress
November 26, 2013
November 11, 2013
October 22, 2013
Featured on Polyvinyl Records‘ upcoming I Need You Bad garage rock compilation as well as last months’ Vans Classic & San Francisco showcase, Cool Ghouls are showing no signs of slowing down as they gear up for a small West Coast tour. Before heading up to Portland next month, the band will be headlining Hemlock Tavern this Thursday, October 24, along with a stellar, out of town line up.
Joining the Ghouls will be Seattle’s Neighbors, a four-piece outfit whose power pop riffs and occasionally off-kilter vocals, particularly on “Home,” the opening track of their Power Country cassette, make for an endearing, danceable brand of rock and roll.
Rounding out the night are Satan Wriders, a Stockton, CA-based band who captured the attention of The Bay Bridged with their surf rock riffs back in August, when our own Russell Jelinek included the group in our Best of Submissions series. Equally scuzzy and sunny, the group channels good-bad vibes by weaving classic pop ooh ooh oohs throughout cheeky vocals on their track “Sun Coma.”
Cool Ghouls Tour Dates:
10/24 — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Hemlock (w/ Neighbors and Satan Wriders)
11/8 — SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Great American Music Hall (w/ Of Montreal and La Luz)
11/14 — PORTLAND, OR — The Know (w/ The Memories and The San Onofre Lizards)
11/15 — SEATTLE, WA — 20/20 Cycle (w/ Hive Dwellers and Chastity Belt)
11/16 — VANCOUVER, BC — Fall Down Get Down Fest at The Electric Owl
11/18 — SACRAMENTO, CA — The Press Club (w/ The Donkeys)
Cool Ghouls, Neighbors, Satan Wriders
The Hemlock Tavern
October 24, 2013
8:30pm, $7 (21+)
October 9, 2013
Polyvinyl Record Co. has announced the release of I Need You Bad, a compilation that focuses on the Bay Area garage scene. A blend of both emerging and established Bay Area bands (and a few friends from the further reaches of the West coast), the compilation is curated by Sonny Smith.
I Need You Bad will contain tracks by Warm Soda, Burnt Ones, Jessica Pratt and Cool Ghouls, with artwork by Shannon and the Clams and Hunx and his Punx’s Shannon Shaw. The album will be released on November 26th and is available for pre-order in the Polyvinyl shop.
Listen to Warm Soda’s contribution, “Tell Me in a Whisper,” below.
August 15, 2013
Flying under the radar earlier this summer was the second installment in Fuzz City Records‘ Summer of Fuzz compilation series, released exclusively on cassette back on June 10. As with last year’s debut, Summer of Fuzz Volume 2 is chock full o’ hot summertime cuts from a host of bands from around the Bay and beyond, including Cool Ghouls, Burnt Ones, White Mystery Drags, Part Time, Sabba Rabba, and label founder Matthew Melton’s band Warm Soda.
Melton was kind enough to share a few tracks from Volume 2 with me recently, and you can hear those cuts (from Drags, Part Time, and Sabba Rabba) below. A fourth track off the comp – Warm Soda’s “Tell Me In A Whisper” – was released in July as a limited edition 7-inch via Italy’s Goodbye Boozy. When you’re done whetting your palette with those teasers, head over to Fuzz City’s website to snag a copy of the new tape and keep your Walkman and boombox busy during the waning days of summer for a mere five bucks.
Drags, “Free Light”
Part Time, “Past The Sleeping Guards Of The Mausileum”
Sabba Rabba, “You Don’t Have”
July 11, 2013
Photo: Daniel Johnston
Earlier today, Phono del Sol performers Cool Ghouls premiered their video for “Queen Sophie” over on Impose, and like all things involving the Ghouls, it packs as much fun as possible into four minutes. Filmed in a San Francisco apartment, it’s basically chronicling an afternoon at Cool Ghouls headquarters from the perspective of a model train. Apparently alcohol was involved. Watch it, smile, then buy your tickets for Phono del Sol and prepare to have the Cool Ghouls make you smile some more. We’ve already given you plenty of reasons to show up early to Phono del Sol Saturday, but if you still need convincing, the Cool Ghouls go on at 12:50. Your day will be slightly less amazing if you miss them.
June 18, 2013
On Saturday, July 13th, 2013, The Bay Bridged and Tiny Telephone are returning to Potrero del Sol Park for the third annual Phono del Sol Music & Food Festival, an all day, all ages celebration of great music and food.
We’ve got twelve amazing bands set to perform, led by SF’s Thee Oh Sees and LA-by-way-of-Portland band YACHT. They’ll be joined by garage pop duo Bleached, rapper K.Flay, guitar shredder Marnie Stern, and synth-pop duo Painted Palms, as well as Blouse, Radiation City, Social Studies, Cool Ghouls, Surf Club and B. Hamilton. This mixtape collects songs from all twelve Phono del Sol artists, and, as you’ll hear, it’s an exciting mix of performers.
As the festival’s name indicates, though, Phono del Sol isn’t just a music festival. In addition to all of the bands, the fest will also include eight local food trucks, local arts and crafts vendors, and a beer and wine garden. In other words, it’s a can’t-miss day of music, food, and tons of fun. Buy your tickets now!