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Cool Ghouls ready ‘Animal Races’ (listen to “Days”), touring


San Francisco’s Cool Ghouls are back with their third album, Animal Races, which will be out August 19 via Empty Cellar in North America and Melodic in the UK. The band made the album on analog tape with mid-fi maestro Kelley Stoltz behind the boards and Mikey Young (Total Control etc.) handling mastering duties. It all works well with the band’s country-garage rock n’ roll vibe, and you can check out a couple songs from the album right now, including the acoustic-and-piano-driven “Days” which premieres in this post. Bassist/singer Pat Thomas says this one came all in one evening:

That’s pretty rare for me and I always take it as a good sign… It’s basically a song about depression, an existential type of depression. It’s something I’m prone to falling into, but a looking at life from the longview, the kind of from-above perspective expressed in this song, is a way I keep certain bleak feelings from being too destructive. Flips it into a positive insight about reality.

Listen to “Days,” plus “Sundial,” below.

Cool Ghouls will be on tour later this year — nothing on the East Coast as of yet, but all dates are listed below.


Cool Ghouls – Animal Races tracklist
1. Animal Races
2. Sundial
3. Time Capsule
4. When You Were Gone
5. Days
6. Just Like Me
7. The Man
8. Brown Bag
9. Never You Mind
10. Material love
11. Spectator

Cool Ghouls – 2016 Tour Dates
7/16 Calpine, CA – Sierra Valley Lodge
8/11 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
8/16 Los Angeles, CA – The Resident
8/17 Tucson, AZ – TBA
8/18 El Paso, TX – Monarch
8/19 Austin, TX – Barracuda
8/20 San Antonio, TX – Limelight
8/22 Denver, CO – TBA
8/23 Salt Lake City, UT – TBA
8/24 Boise, ID – The Olympic
8/25 Portland, OR – Baker Ballroom
8/26 Seattle, WA – TBA
9/1 Zagreb, HR – Mochvara Club
9/3 Vienna, AT – Chelsea
9/4 Prague, CZ – Famu Club
9/6 Gent, BE – Cafe Video
9/8 Lille, FR – Le Biplan
9/9 Paris, FR – Espace B
9/10 Chatillon sur Seiche, FR – Rock on Noyal
9/11 Tilburg, NL – Incubate Festival
9/12 Antwerp, BE – TBA
9/13 Brussels, BE – Pin Pon
9/14 Dortmund, DE – Rekorder
9/15 Breda, NL – Electron
9/16 Berlin, DE – Bassy Club
9/17 Dresden, DE – Ostpol
9/20 Brighton, UK – Sticky Mike’s Frog
9/21 Northampton, UK – The Black Prince
9/22 London, UK – Birthday’s Dalston
9/23 Liverpool, UK – Liverpool Psych Fest
9/24 Sheffield, UK – Picture House Social
9/25 Manchester, UK – The Eagle Inn
9/27 Strausbourg, FR – Mudd Club
9/28 Geneva, CH – La Graviere
9/29 Heilbronn, DE – TBA
9/30 Lausanne, CH – Le Bourg
10/1 Florence, IT – Annibale Night
10/15 Oakland, CA – New Parish with The Sonics

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