Pay Attention: Caught A Ghost Is A Band That’s Going Places


Anna Cieslik ’16 / Emertainment Monthly Editor

They might not even have a full-length album out yet, but Los Angeles band Caught A Ghost have a sound and stage presence that many bands would kill for. When the group came to Boston last week, they turned Allston’s Great Scott into an old school dancehall, filled with plenty of laughter, dancing, and good music to last the night.

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Caught A Ghost is by no means your typical band. In fact, I spent a great deal of time trying to just pin down their sound at the start of the show before eventually accepting defeat and admitting that the band is simply indefinable. Self-described as “a modern take on blue eyed soul,” Caught A Ghost puts a new spin on vintage sounds, creating something completely new and wonderful in the process.

The live band, which features guitar, keys, drums, vocals, and saxophone, has more energy and professionalism than a large majority of veteran bands performing today. From the first drumbeat to the final resonating lyrics of the set, I was constantly amazed by how well frontman Jesse Nolan and frontwoman Tessa Thompson so expertly controlled the stage. The two act as perfect foils for each other, with Nolan stomping around wildly on stage and Thompson more in synch with the band’s mellower vibes as she swayed from side to side.

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Overall, Caught A Ghost are shaping up to be a one-in-a-million kind of band. They have a clear idea of the direction they want their music and their live show to go in and they’re certainly on the right track. The group’s new album comes out in the spring, but definitely try to catch them on tour before then if you have the chance. You won’t regret it.

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