Sharing anxiety, passion, and heartache through beaming alternative rock is the trio Ghouls Etc. with their cathartic and high-energy new single, “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont.”
Comprised of band members and musicians Melody, Ryan, and John, the trio is well known for making replay-worthy songs reminiscent of Car Seat Headrest, Wallows, My Chemical Romance, and Vundabar. The band is ready to make the New England region their own with their upcoming tour in support of their forthcoming full-length album.
Until then, Ghouls Etc. is bringing us deep into their personal thoughts and experiences with a brilliant new tune, “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont.” This massive alternative rock banger comes through with larger-than-life drums, pumping bass, a conceptual hook, and tasty production that shows us what Ghouls Etc. is all about.
Jumping into this fiery new tune, “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont,” the song wastes no time. It opens with John's lyrics that sing, "I am all my mistakes," representing how this song is packed with personal emotion that makes you want to get up and flee from your situation.
Ghouls Etc.'s instrumentals in this track are top-tier, and their blend of alternative and rock provides a vibrant and animated experience that's quite literally music to our ears. Although Ghouls Etc. sings lyrics like "the world is out to get me," their instrumentals offer this glimmer of positivity and hope that not all is lost. But, one thing's for sure, Ghouls Etc. know how to put on one hell of a show.
What are you waiting for? Kick your stressors to the curb and unleash the beast with Ghouls Etc.'s new single, “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont,” now available on all digital streaming platforms.
Welcome to BuzzMusic, Ghouls Etc. What an exciting yet personal experience you've delivered with your new single, “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont.” What led your band to create this conceptual new track? What inspired it?
John: It all originated during a trip to Vermont that we went on around August of 2021. I (John) have never been the greatest on vacations, and this was no exception. I wrote this song to express feelings of loneliness but also as a metaphor for running away and accidentally hurting others in the process. A bit doomer as a concept, but I feel the chorus brings control back to the narrator, choosing your destiny to be in a big city surrounded by others as opposed to alone in a more rural area.
Between the three of you, what was your band's creative process like for “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont”? What did that look like behind the scenes?
John: Lyrics and all of my guitar parts were created in the woods nearby the area we all vacationed to in Vermont. Small parts were tweaked and modified by Jake James, Joe Lemieux, and Violet Falkowski to shape it into a dreamier, better-shaped track that doesn’t sound as much like Machine Gun Kelly anymore.
Ryan: My input on it came the same as my input on most of the other songs. John had come up with the guitar part and vocals, and from there, I helped to advise the all-around structure and make my own bass part. For my part, what I was trying to achieve was something slightly complicated but simple enough to keep the song together.
Melody: I was given the song’s basic structure around the same time as Ryan, and I added whatever I could to liven up the song! I wanted to make a part that was easy for listeners to digest but that was also complicated enough to make other drummers say, “Okay, this girl knows what she’s doing”, so I added sneaky little parts in the song to spice it up a bit!
Did you have any artists or projects in mind that might have influenced the sound and style of “I Don’t Wanna Die In Vermont”?
John: I definitely wanted it to have the indie woodsiness and texture that you’d find in a Wallows, Vundabar, or even a Car Seat Headrest song; but combined with the sense of grandeur and velocity that you’d find in something like ‘Cemetery Drive’ by My Chemical Romance.
How does "I Don't Want to Die in Vermont" represent your band? Do you usually create such cathartic, melodic, and bold listening experiences like this?
John: We try too! This song, as well as the next one we have coming up, is more cathartic than anything we have ever done before. We’re all very proud of all the new material that’s marinating currently, waiting to be eaten.
What's next for Ghouls Etc.?
John: Excellent question. I think growing the community of ghouls that we’ve created is definitely a point of focus! And on top of that, creating some more tunes that hopefully people connect with wouldn’t be such a bad thing.