Hungry Ghost

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Hungry Ghost, a Portland rock duo, was born of decades long friendships and mutual admiration. Stewed and simmered in the cauldrons of Olympia post-punk, Portland experimentalism, and New Mexican trash-garage, Hungry Ghost is Sara Lund (Unwound) on drums, Andrew Price (Irving Klaw Trio) on guitar, and formerly featuring Lorca Wood (The Drags) on bass. Masterfully produced by PacNW legend Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmiser, Elliot Smith, Pink Mountain, Crock, etc), who also contributes guest keyboards on the album, these recordings manage to capture the focused, gritty edge and hypnotic raw power of the band’s live performances. In addition to the aforementioned bands, nods are given to influencers as far and wide as Led Zeppelin, Erkin Koray, Alice Coltrane, The Groundhogs, The Staple Singers, John Fahey, Black Sabbath, Pussy Galore, Nick Drake, The Kinks, X, Joy Division, The Gories, desert blues, and African Psychedelia of the '60s and '70s.

“You can tell (or at least I can tell) when a band is playing together for the joy of it, for the love of rocking; where all other aspirations are secondary at best, where you never feel for a second that the band is trying to put one over on you. Hungry Ghost! This music is spare, honed down to essentials – there is no faking it at this level. There’s no need to know what hip, respected underground bands the players were previously members of at whatever time in the past – this band doesn’t really sound like them anyway; but suffice it to say these are real players, their cred is legit. The distillation of classic American forms (and I consider punk a classic American form, as much as blues and jazz) into a simultaneously familiar and individual sound is relatively common strategy, but in practice it is extremely difficult to pull off with anything resembling a natural, uncontrived result. Hungry Ghost! But then this isn’t theoretical stuff – you just have to hear it and feel it – if you do this, it’s there, I’m telling you! At which point they won’t need me to justify it with verbiage.” – Sam Coomes

"Led Zeppelin meets ESG" (J. Funk, Helll, Tokyo)

"Hungry Ghost extrapolates from a bluesy, guitar-forward template into a gloriously unpredictable din that recalls better times" (Portland Monthly)

"Part of me hopes that the legion of Pacific Northwest garage-punk trios never hear Hungry Ghost's self-titled album. Because it likely would cause them to give up the dream. And that would be depressing, even though they will likely never be as good as Hungry Ghost. If they spend the next 20 years honing their chops, it's just possible they will get there—so long as they have a drummer as good as Sara Lund of the Corin Tucker Band and Olympia's wildly influential post-hardcore pioneers Unwound. Lorca Wood (the Drags) plays bass, and Andrew Price, of the experimental 1990s group Irving Klaw Trio, plays guitar with a dexterously nerdy style that belies the band's overall aesthetic of funky grime. Everybody sings, though Price takes main responsibility for the vocals. An exercise in rock economy, the nine short songs come together to form what may be my favorite album of 2012." REBECCA WILSON - PORTLAND MERCURY

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released 31 July 2012

Andrew Price - guitar, vox
Lorca Wood - bass, vox
Sara Lund - drums, vox

Produced by Sam Coomes
Engineered by Adam Pike at Toadhouse

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Hungry Ghost, a Portland rock duo, was born of decades long friendships and mutual admiration. Stewed and simmered in the cauldrons of Olympia post-punk & Portland experimentalism, Hungry Ghost is Sara Lund (Unwound) on drums, Andrew Price (Irving Klaw Trio) on guitar, and the formerly featuring Lorca Wood (The Drags) on bass. ... more

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Track Name: Powerman
Am I a Powerman?
(yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Or just a regular man?
(yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)


My obfuscation
My intoxication

Am I a Powerman?
(yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)
Or just a regular man?
(yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)


This is my comeuppance
You know it had to come
This my comeuppance
You know it had to come
Track Name: Epic Sadness
We dreamt of light
But went for dark
Our epic sadness
Broke our fucking hearts

(repeat)

The darkness came
And swallowed us whole
We lost our way
And fell far below
Track Name: Graham St Massacre
What been broke
What been damaged
Cannot be fixed
Cannot be bandaged

But I feel good right now

When your ride's just a car
When my block's just a street
That's when I'll be free
(That's when you'll be free)
That's when I'll be free
(That's when you'll be free)
from that

Graham Street Massacre


What been broke
What been damaged
Cannot be fixed
Cannot be bandaged

But I feel good right now
Track Name: Get Up
When I say you get up
You get up

I'm prepping myself
I'm prepping myself
(To love)

When I say you get up you get up
The sunrise is coming so wake up
This house is no longer haunted
This time you get what you wanted
Track Name: High
Someone betrayed someone
You don't know who
Someone is flying
But it's not you

Mother's gone
But the boy keeps it together
Father tries
But he just can't be there
Solitude
Finds himself with Mingus Rude

Someone betrayed someone
You don't know who
Someone is flying
But it's not you

Everybody gets themselves high on something
You can fly
You can hide
Track Name: Shame
You know it's wrong
But you do it anyway
Shame

You got no one to blame
For your
Pain

You keep digging
Digging your own grave
Grave

Let's share this pain together
Let's share this pain alright
Now all you dead souls
Come on follow me down

I know it's wrong but I do it anyway
My will is good but my conscience slips away
Siren's song colors through the haze
I wanna change but I wanna stay the same
Track Name: Alice
All things are water
When you fall down the well
My mother's daughter
Under my father's spell

We traveled in circles
Bending back around
Broken and starving
We crawled to higher ground

The trees hung quiet
I stood by your bed
I feel so lonely
Was the only thing that you said

Lie down beside me
And tell me all you your lies
I see your secrets
They hide behind your eyes
Track Name: Wicked Betsy
Spider
I fear you
Puppy
I want to be near you
Wicked Betsy
Where you been all my life?
I wait and I wait and I wait
For you to be my wife

Wicked Betsy
Where you been all my life?

Springtime is here
And the cherry blossoms blooming
And my love for you
Grows so damn hot
I can hardly stand it

I try try try
To get me some perspective
But I cannot I will not
I refuse to let this love die

Wicked Betsy
Where you been all my life?