Woodstock, NY based Ghost Against Ghost unleashes a preview from the upcoming 17 minute opus, still love EP. The release combines the expansive and engaging compositions of frontman Christopher Bono with the thunderous drumming of Thomas Pridgen (The Mars Volta, Trash Talk) and the atmospheric guitars of Anthony Molina (Mercury Rev). Bono draws from his neoclassical background as a composer and producer to create the enveloping soundscape that is Ghost Against Ghost. The still love EP weaves themes of love, heartbreak, and betrayal into a combination of monolithic, synth driven post-rock in the vein of Disintegration era The Cure, with dramatic climaxes ala Vangelis with just a touch of contemporary David Sylvian. The “still love” (edit) is an excerpt from the full still love EP slated for release this fall via Our Silent Canvas.
Ghost Against Ghost is the post-everything electronic-rock concept and moniker of producer/composer Christopher Bono. Inspired by conceptual, progressive, post and psychedelic rock; art-rock; ambient, experimental, classical music (contemporary and common-practice); the anarchic concepts of late Leo Tolstoy; dystopian epics; and neo-romanticism, Bono founded Ghost Against Ghost in 2008 after he began work on an as yet unfinished two-hour concept album that he envisioned in a dream one night in Brooklyn.
To bring the vision to life, Bono assembled a group of electro-acoustic musicians and began performing in New York City & Brooklyn. Within a short time, Ghost Against Ghost became known for their long, multi-media shows featuring “song-oriented-but-stylistically-out-there” forms alternated with open noise, electronic and ambient improvisations.
As Bono began preparations for the first Ghost Against Ghost album in 2008, he became increasingly unsatisfied with the infant sound of Ghost Against Ghost. Haunted by continuous visions and auditory hallucinations that demanded he dig deeper, Bono was driven into seven years of near-hermetic isolation as he struggled to develop the technical foundation necessary to bring forth these internal messages.Compelled by the cacophony within, Bono began imagining a sonic landscape different from anything he had encountered. This journey led him to unexpectedly study classical music at the late and unusual age of 27 in search of answers.
“I could see the sounds, like a massive and extraordinarily complex piece of architecture, or some sort of alien, psychic sculpture, but I did not know how to realize it technically. … Until I heard Stravinsky.” -Bono
Over the course of 5 years, Bono released two full classical albums and an EP to critical acclaim. Between these projects, commissions, and commitments, Bono secretly chiseled away on the Ghost Against Ghost material. Finally, after finishing his last album, BARDO, Bono was once more ready to devote his full attention to the insistent call of Ghost Against Ghost. After years of searching and study in isolation within the classical and experimental music fields, Bono had discovered the melodic and rhythmic movement, structure and development he needed to understand to implement Ghost Against Ghost in a current context; the result is an interwoven, wild, sonic tapestry, fused by his knowledge of modern studio production, mixing, engineering and electronics.
The first full length Ghost Against Ghost album, Still Love will be released over several months, beginning in the fall of 2015. Look out for the upcoming tour of Ghost Against Ghost, which will feature several live musicians alongside Bono on vocals, guitars, keyboards and electronics.
Ghost Against Ghost takes its name from the perspective that our love, attachments (physical and emotional), and beliefs as well as our aversions, enemies and wars can be seen as complimentary phantoms reacting and interacting with each other in an illusory, impermanent reality.