April 13, 2013

New interview on Pitchfork

Dear fellow Ghost devotees,

with the north american tour starting off in just a couple of days, interviews in the U.S. media are literally multiplying: here is a new one on Pitchfork, who talked on the phone with A Nameless Ghoul about working with Raskulinecz, how they got signed to Universal, reaching broader crowds, playing with Dave Grohl and other interesting topics. Speaking of  an aspect that differentiate  them from many other "satanic" bands, the Ghoul explained that "most of them have a very high demand on their listener, where most of the time they’re preaching for priests and they demand of their fans to be as devoted as they are. And there’s always some sort of “kill yourself” message in there. Whereas we are, in many ways, like a mirror reflection, where we’re trying to reflect on, basically “religiosity." We’re basically doing the Catholic Church, we just have drawn a little on the painting. And we’re doing so because it’s such a powerful way of making you guys, and ourselves, aware of the solemn, and the seriousness to it, because it’s the priest and the clergy, and the Church, is something that most people in the Western world associate with authority. Even atheists sort of throw out their gum before going into a church, just because there is something within the confines of a church, there is something in the walls, most people can feel that power. Some people call it “God,” but there are many words for it."  

The interviewer smartly did not forget to ask the Ghoul a comment about the lovely Nameless Harem :
"Pitchfork: Via the Decibel piece I was led to that Tumblr page, Ghoulish Perversions, featuring sexualized Ghost drawings and images. Pretty interesting fan art.
NG: Yeah, absolutely, it’s amazing. At first we were a little bit appalled by the fact that we had this sort of female attraction when we played, because regardless of how broad the mass that we wanted to reach out to, somehow we still though that we were going to be a dudes' band. And we ended up having not a predominant, but a steady stream of females coming to our shows and being very keen on being in the front row and sort of suggestive, to Papa mostly. And we were like “What the fuck? Why?” He’s an old codger, and we sort of looked past the whole idea of obviously somewhere underneath all that stuff there’s someone else, he can be whatever you want him to be. We never really thought about that. Now we know that, obviously, especially after seeing that page of smut [laughs], but we’re glad. That’s what we’re doing, we want to influence people. It’s pretentious, but isn’t that what defines art? A piece of something that inspires other people to carry on living or carry on doing something, that intrigues them to act in some way. So people doing drawings like that about what they want to do with the band, I think that is a great compliment. And it gives us the approval knowing that we’re doing something right. And it’s fun.
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We couldn't agree more with him of course, and Ghost are definitely inspiring a lot of people indeed (both erotically and not...) .
Pitchfork also got a  few answers by Papa Emeritus II himself, through email of course, and as usual his typical, concise replies added a bit of mystery...:
"Pitchfork: I'm curious about how you initially came up with, and then developed, the band's concept and sound. 
Papa: I did not. 
Pitchfork: On the new album, the songs/lyrics are credited to "A Ghoul Writer." Are you this "Ghoul Writer"? If so, what inspired the words? 
Papa: I am not the Ghoul Writer."
Interesting, right? ;)
To read what else out almighty Papa and his Nameless Ghoul revealed in the whole interview, move your astral body to the Pitchfork site.

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