Ghost Also Worked On Motörhead, Misfits, Etc. Covers During “Phantomime” Sessions, Rails Against The “Stupidity” Of Modern Politics


A newly published interview with Ghost mastermind Tobias Forge reveals that their upcoming “Phantomime” EP features only a portion of the covers they laid down in the studio. That 5-song EP was originally envisioned as a 10-song covers album that would serve as a companion to the group’s current record “Impera“.

According to Forge, several other tracks did get the Ghost stamp during those sessions, with Forge telling NME of the leftover arrangements:

“Originally, the idea was to have 10 songs on this covers record, because I wanted to make a complete record and that LP was going to basically mirror ‘Impera‘ somehow. Originally the selection was a little bit more eclectic. Look, I’m not going into great detail about them, because we might use some of them at a later point. But, it was basically like a piano version of a Motörhead song.

There was [also] a Misfits song that was really cool and a U2 track. We recorded it all. In fact, we did a really finished demo of Rush’s ‘Distant Early Warning’, and then after ‘Impera‘ I was just like, ‘I want to do a rock EP. A pure rock EP!’”

Elsewhere in the chat, Forge spoke about the decision to cover Genesis‘ “Jesus He Knows Me“. That 1991 track was originally penned to skewer televangelists. Speaking of his inspiration to update the track, Forge commented to NME:

“A few years ago, maybe 10 years ago, it almost felt like this song – these other songs too – were a little bit dated lyrically. That’s because they were! You know, this band – these guys in Genesis – were singing about early ’90s ladies; about televangelists!

All that stuff, it felt dated a few years ago. Whereas now, everything that we’re singing about on this song, everything that this song is about is actually right back up beside what I’m writing about in my own material.

What I’m writing about is a completely contemporary commentary on basically a movement within the free Western world who wants to flatten the Earth. This movement wants to regress the world, and just completely turn the clock back to Mediaeval times. I don’t know what that’s about, it’s just stupidity!”

He later continued:

“There’s this almost outspoken like mantra of, ‘Let’s be stupid!’ Because that’s so much more fucking comfortable. You know [it’s like], ‘let’s just be ignorant!’ And, what actually ends up happening is that because we seem to collectively just decide this, everybody follows it.

The Western world is going through a very similar time everywhere, It’s just that we don’t really have a Trump anywhere else but America. We don’t have a GOP. We don’t have a Marjorie Taylor Greene. But, there are a lot of the things that are happening in America actually happening all over Europe.”

Phantomime” will be out on May 18th on Loma Vista Recordings, here’s how it will run:

01 – “See No Evil” (Television cover)
02 – “Jesus He Knows Me” (Genesis cover)
03 – “Hanging Around” (The Stranglers cover)
04 – “Phantom Of The Opera” (Iron Maiden cover)
05 – “We Don’t Need Another Hero” (Tina Turner cover)

The band’s summer North American tour will run as follows:

08/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
08/04 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
08/05 Airway Heights, WA – BECU Live at Northern Quest
08/07 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
08/08 Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08/11 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/12 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater
08/14 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
08/15 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
08/16 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
08/18 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
08/19 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
08/20 Bridgeport, CT – Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater
08/22 Indianapolis, IN – TCU Amphitheater at White River State Park
08/23 Burgettstown, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake
08/24 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
08/25 Camden, NJ – Freedom Mortgage Pavilion
08/27 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
08/29 Simpsonville, SC – CCNB Amphitheatre at Heritage Park
08/30 Jacksonville, FL – Daily’s Place
08/31 Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
09/02 The Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
09/03 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
09/05 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
09/07 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
09/08 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
09/11 Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum (no Amon Amarth)
09/12 Los Angeles, CA – The Kia Forum (no Amon Amarth)

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