“The finest surf rock sock hop punk rock your ears can taste” – meet Floridian quartet SunGhosts.
Florida DIY quartet SunGhosts are described by their good friend and artist Trooper as “the finest surf rock sock hop punk rock your ears can taste”, and we can’t think of a better description. With their vital yet summery sound, SunGhosts are a product of “the energy and sounds of indie rock & the garage rock revival of the 2000s & the surf punk that made waves in the 2010s.”
Other bands and artists like The Strokes, Spoon, Radiohead as well as frontman Nik Olas’ professional guitarist father have inspired them to develop their perspectives and work differently from other groups, along with their sonic inspirations from video game soundtracks like “Super Mario to Kirby to Kingdom Hearts”. Oh and they “can’t forget to mention Red Hot Chili Peppers, they got me into playing and writing because of their optimistic, carpe diem, high-energy spunk.” Outside of music and the Miami sunshine that has certainly leaked into their sound, the band find influence in “positivity and unity” as well as “understanding how music can make people feel so many things, influencing them to stand strong and be themselves, give a shoulder to cry on, give a boost of spirit or a rallying cry to open eyes.”
Despite their summery feel-good sound, the song themes are often dark, varying from the loss of a family pet to a town threatened by rising sea levels, but it’s ‘Noonshine, which discusses dreams and failure which they’re most proud of. Lyrics of “I had a path I had a mission / the only guide I have is the ghost of past ambition” were “expressed at a point where I didn’t know which choices to make anymore, so I just had to rely on the ghost of past ambitions to guide the way until I found my path again.” “I often come back to this song when I feel down again. It’s amazing to be healed by music, and even more amazing to create something that can heal other people.”
This desire to heal drives the band, with Olas saying; “I’ve always had an idea of how I wanted to influence the world with music – I wanted to write songs that could heal people and help people become better versions of themselves – Growing up through my teen years I realized that when nothing made sense to me, music made me feel good.” This even led Olas to then write a paper on “psychological applications of music, like therapy and morale raising.”
The band are currently recording “a handful of new songs that are coming together quite wonderfully” in Valhalla, the name for bassist Jared Steingold’s home studio. “These songs are very different from our last release, but that’s the beauty in growth, life gives experiences and they translate into the tunes. Can’t wait to share them with the world.”