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LOVE GHOST WILL MAKES ITS SACRAMENTO DEBUT JUNE 15 AT ON THE Y. THE SHOW STARTS AT 7 P.M.
By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs
N2Entertainment.net

The Los Angeles based Emo-Trap-Rock band Love Ghost has been capturing the ears and hearts of fans in the United States and worldwide.

The five-piece group which consists of founder/guitarist and lead vocalist Finnegan Bell, Ryan Stevens (bass/background vocals), Cory Batchler (keyboards/production), Daniel Alcala (guitars/engineering ) and Danny Gallardo (drums), is currently on tour and will bring their eclectic sound to Sacramento on June 15 with a performance at On The Y. The show is in support of Love Ghost's new single "Big Dog" which debuts on June 24 and their upcoming EP and album due later this year.

The band recently returned from the iconic Rockpalast festival in Germany, following in the footsteps of Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day, R.E.M and many others. They have toured extensively, playing shows in London, Prague, Hamburg, Tokyo, Osaka, Quito, Dublin, Cork, and Galway.

Love Ghost has been featured on official playlists on Spotify (New Noise, Industrial Metal, All New Rock, Smells Like Stream Spirit, New Music Friday, and Alternative Beats), Apple Music, SoundCloud and Pandora (New Punk Now). They were also on the U.S. alternative radio charts in 2020 and 2021 and spotlighted in Rolling Stone, Huffington Post and American Songwriter.

N2Entertainment.net recently caught up and chatted online with Love Ghost founder/guitarist and lead vocalist Finnegan Bell prior to the band's Sacramento performance at On the Y (June 15).

Here is what Bell had to say about the exciting band, Love Ghost.

Q. How long has Love Ghost been together?

A. It's a really complicated story. Technically, Love Ghost has been around since 2014, but back then it was a solo project. Ryan (Stevens) Joined the band in 2016, but this incarnation of Love Ghost has been around since 2019. The version that has our current sound.

Q. How long have you been on tour? You are performing at On the Y in Sacramento on June 15. Is this your first time playing in Sacramento?

A. Yes, we're on tour for about a week, so it's a pretty short run. But yes, we are performing at On the Y June 15, and it will also be our first time performing in Sacramento.

Q. How would you describe your musical style?

A. Currently we make what we call "trap rock." It's like if Grunge had 808s. There's also a very strong Emo influence.

Q. Tell me about your upcoming single, “Big Dog” that comes out on June 24. Will a CD release follow that?

A. Hell yeah. "Big Dog" is a song that we're really excited to release. It's different from any song we've dropped in the past, and I think it will blow our fan's minds. I hope they enjoy it. Then we are dropping 2 EP's and an album this year.

Q.Is there a special meaning to "Big Dog?"

A. Yeah. It's about my 150-pound dog that recently died. He was big and brave. He wasn't afraid of anything. The track is about being the big dog and not taking crap from anyone. Finding confidence, being strong and not backing down from anyone or anything are the key themes. I wanted to make a song that felt that way.

Q. What other bands have influenced you?

A. Plenty. Radiohead, Alice in Chains, Nirvana, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, Big Sean, Lil peep. I know the last three are rappers, but we are very much inspired by hip hop as well, so I felt I had to include them. Those are just some of our influences though, there are a lot more. I feel like at this point I might honestly be more inspired by authors and poets than musicians. Because a really good songwriter is just a really good storyteller.

Q. What is the most memorable venue you’ve performed at and what made it so special?

A. I loved playing at Our Black Heart in London or Rockpalast in Germany. I just love venues that have lots of history. You can feel it in the air, that great artists from the past have played there and it adds this mystical quality to it. But also, venues that really take care of the artist are amazing and pretty rare. It's more common in Europe. So, the combination of those is what makes a great venue for me.

Q. Where do you see Love Ghost in the next five years? Grammy Awards, Billboard Music winners?

A. That would be amazing, as long as we're helping as many people as we can by the words in our songs and people are relating to them, then I'll be happy. But us winning Grammys and being on Billboard would be nice as well.

Q. Anything else you would like to say about the group?

A. See y'all at a show soon. Can't wait to share our music with you.

Editor's Note: Love Ghost brings their eclectic sound to Sacramento on June 15 at On the Y (670 Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, California 95825). The concert starts at 7 p.m. For tickets and more information about the group go online at www.LoveGhost.com.