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GHOSTKID Announce New Album Hollywood Suicide

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Wednesday, January 17, 2024 @ 9:59 AM


Out March 22nd; Video For "FSU" Unleashed

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Photo by Benjamin Klose, BK Productions @bkproductions1

"The biggest problem that art has nowadays is that it doesn't hurt anymore," says GHOSTKID vocalist and agent provocateur Sebastian "Sushi" Biesler. "Especially here in Germany, people are so afraid to push boundaries, to make art that makes you think and feel."

By fall 2021, with the world shutdown seemingly over, Sushi wasn't content to let his creative yen languish at home in Germany.

"Even though we had made it through COVID, I was missing being able to play live, to really function as a band," says Sushi. "It didn't feel real to me. I became distanced from the music." A six-week decampment to Los Angeles became the creative fuel for GHOSTKID's next steps. The last vestiges of Hollywood sleaze, decaying glamour, personal temptation, and the still-vibrant creative vibes of the city became the frontman's "don't-look-before-you-leap" inspiration for the gestating HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE.

The album is a perfect snapshot of an artist finding himself, crawling from his own personal wreckage against a crumbling, mythical Californian milieu. "That's why HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE is the first track. If you really want to make it, you have to give a lot. You have to be willing to give up everything. It's kind of like suicide to the person that you've been when you become an artist."

The matching, lush, and elaborate art adorning the album was created by Aly Wayne Gacy.

Today also marks the release of the video for GHOSTKID's latest single, "FSU".

Watch the video on KNAC.COM HERE.

""FSU" describes the raw and aggressive lifestyle of not giving a shit about anything and just do whatever you want," comments Biesler, who directed and edited the video in cooperation with Nils Lesser (Vaultroom Production) and Benjamin Klose. "The track was inspired by the Joker from Batman and the pure chaos and anarchy that the character is representing. Even if the lyrics circle around self-destructive behavior, the song is more about the feeling of freedom by dismissing the rules. It's a track about being a misfit and taking back your power, about being yourself, getting rid of labels and becoming independent - basically a big fuck you..."

HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE arrives March 22 and available in the following formats:

  • Ltd. CD Digipak
  • Ltd. transp. red LP
  • Ltd. grey LP (300x) available from cmdistro.de & various other retailers
  • Ltd. white-black haze LP (500x) available from GHOSTKID
  • Ltd. translucent highlighter yellow LP (US version) available in the US
HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE TRACK LISTING:
  • "HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE"
  • "S3X"
  • "FSU"
  • "HEAVY RAIN"
  • "VALERIE"
  • "BLACK CLOUD"
  • "UGLY"
  • "BLOOD"
  • "MURDER" (Feat. INHUMAN)
  • "DAHLIA"
  • "HELENA DRIVE"
"Live is where it's the most real, the most in the moment," says Sushi. "There's no sense of boundaries, no sense of gender. I wear what I like as long as it looks cool. GHOSTKID, for me, is how I express my art through the music and my persona. When it comes down to art, you should be free." GHOSTKID will be bringing their melody and chaos to American stages for the first time in the spring of 2024 opening for BLACK VEIL BRIDES, following a European tour with labelmates BLIND CHANNEL.

Once more teamed with producer Sky van Hoff, HOLLYWOOD SUICIDE is indeed GHOSTKID's ticket to massive audiences worldwide.

GHOSTKID ON TOUR:
WITH BLACK VEIL BRIDES, CREEPER + DARK DIVINE:

  • 4/25 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore
  • 4/27 - Las Vegas, NV - Sick New World
  • 4/28 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
  • 4/29 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
  • 4/30 - Kansas City, MO - The Truman
  • 5/2 - Minneapolis, MN - Fillmore
  • 5/3 - Chicago, IL - Concord Music Hall
  • 5/4 - Green Bay, WI - Epic
  • 5/5 - Detroit, MI - Royal Oak Theater
  • 5/7 - Albany, NY - Empire Live
  • 5/8 - Boston, MA - House of Blues Boston
  • 5/9 - Richmond, VA - The National
  • 5/10 - Raleigh, NC - The Ritz
  • 5/12 - Daytona Beach, FL - Welcome to Rockville*
  • 5/13 - Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
  • 5/15 - New York, NY - Palladium Times Square
  • 5/16 - Philadelphia, PA - Fillmore
  • 5/17 - Columbus, OH - Sonic Temple*
  • 5/18 - Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
  • 5/20 - San Antonio, TX - The Aztec Theatre
  • 5/21 - Houston, TX - RISE
  • 5/22 - Dallas, TX - The Factory
  • 5/24 - Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
  • 5/25 - Los Angeles, CA - The Belasco
* Festival


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