Country of Origin: New Zealand
Ghost Wave ambled onto the scene in 2011 as yet another of those perfectly formed Kiwi garage bands armed with a debut EP – all echoes of The Clean and 3Ds and other Flying Nun greats. Its mix of snotty pop songs and gentle psychedelia retained that ‘close to the practice room’ feel that’s worked since the Velvet Underground’s time and their first single “Sunsetter” hit the top of the NZ alternative chart for three weeks. When they get onstage Ghost Wave show they can already work the swell of a scruffy two chord anthem into something truly magical. Certainly the pick of the new bunch when it comes to the latest instalment in New Zealand’s enduring affair with indie guitar rock.