“Postcards are great because there’s no place for a return address, especially when yours is constantly changing.” – Evan Uschenko, Ghost Woman
Fortunately, for Ghost Woman’s fans and claimants alike, they can take comfort in knowing that mailboxes in Alberta, Arizona, and other localities do get checked from time to time.
The band’s latest offering, the Lost Echo’s EP, is a staggering array of American Gothic with a garage flair straight out of the Nuggs collection, sure to get anyone behind the wheel to transform into a leadfoot. “Demons” shudders to life with blown-out guitar riffs from the school of Link Wray, distilling his heartache like Lee Hazlewood, peppered with the brattiness of the Black Lips and Jay Reatard’s love of lofi hooks.
The title Lost Echo’s revealed itself while Canadian ex-pat and lead singer sat out the pandemic in Arizona, helping his mechanic brother at his hot rod shop and waiting to get back on the road to promote his debut EP. He decided to use the title to pay tribute to his current location, and the rich history held within the land. Having grown up in the small town of Three Hills, Alberta, Uschenko cut his teeth as a multi-instrumentalist and part of fellow Canadian Michael Rault’s band, touring with the likes of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. Retreating from the road and hiding out in prairies of southern Alberta, Uschenko booked two months in an abandoned farmhouse, converted it into a studio, and in a fog of smoke and whiskey recorded songs as quickly as he could write them.
Uschenko grew up cashing guitar player cheques at the gas station after the banks had closed. That same shrewdness is palpable in Ghost Woman’s music, where lean punk rock melds with union man melodies into what taste like premium cocktails – drawing comparisons to contemporaries like Kurt Vile, the Black Lips, and Steve Buscemi.
Lost Echo’s takes its curiously spelled title from a religious tract claiming to reveal the true secrets of the Superstition Mountains, a volcanically-eroded wilderness in Arizona rumoured to be the location of a lost gold mine. Some Apache people believe the mountains contain a portal to hell due to winds blowing outward that cause severe dust storms throughout the state.
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