We first saw Ghold in the back room of a filthy pub in Hackney. Their instruments kept breaking, the room was full of smoke, and we had so many ciders we were nearly sick on the nightbus afterwards. Waking up the next day, we had a terrible headache but we willingly bombarded it with the powerful, unrelenting marriage of doom, drone, and naked power that was every Ghold track we could glean off the internet. With their new album In Ruin just released, we pinned the duo down for a Future Hits interrogation.
Describe your sound in 3 words.
Progressive power groove
How did you meet?
We met suckling at the teet of sonic extremity, everything audible the world could offer we lapped up collectively…
What made you want to start a band?
It was this shared passion which forced us to create something that both both naturally fell toward. This became GHOLD.
Where did the name come from?
Gods Hate, Our Loves Divine
Where did you grow up? How do you think it’s affected your music?
We’re from different places, Leeds & Oxford, when we were growing up we had a similar experience in each city, as each offered new exciting music accessible to us at that age. We were also fortunately to be privy to the unbridled internet before the companies managed to figured out how to fist it good and stop free information. Then, it was like visiting the greatest music venue in the world.
What are your non-musical influences?
We absorb everything strange but true.
So far, what has been the best thing about being in a band?
We both met through the joy of collaborative projects and experience, music has an immediacy to it which other art forms can lack. We also get to travel and share stages with people of similar visions.
With which band would your dream support slot be?
We’re just flowing, and have so far manage to share the stage with hundreds of incredible musicians and people, we can only dream for that to continue.
What bands do you consider as part of your scene or as your peers?
Cattle, Meadows, The Cosmic Dead, Henry Blacker, Dead Existence, Iron Witch, Abend, 11Paranoias, Bong, Jotnarr, Bast, Torpor, Yards, Conan, Bit, Palehorse, Necro Deathmort, Bismuth, Undersmile, Moloch, Nadir, Shitwife, Death Pedals, Clenstch, Screenwives, Mister Lizard, Hey Colossus, Khunnt, Bad Guys, Sea Bastard, Hate Fuck, Vodun, Lupins, Art of Burning water, Three Thrones, Dragged into Sunlight, Brutes (RIP), Dysteria, Abend, Iron Witch, Pohl, War Iron, Gurt, Groan, Trippy Wicked, Slow Plague, Coltsblood…to name but a few.
What marks you out as different to other bands around at the moment?
Nothing, everyone is equal in our ears, everyone we have listed provides something totally different, we the same.
What would you say to someone who says “When we’ve already got bands like Torpor, Bast and Conan, why do we need you?”
You don’t have a band like Ghold.
What’s the best – or the funniest – show you’ve played?
Bunker Club, Deptford, our pals Brutes‘ last ever gig, we were crowd surfed to one of our real slow songs, and we did a Brutes song that ran into their set and they took over…seamlessly.
What have you got planned for the future?
Next in the pipeline is a 12” split with Dead Existence, Releasing an official bootleg of our first album and recording a new one come summer. That and some huge tour plans. Keep looking at space!
What other band should everyone find out about?
Listen to Blackman Akeeb Kareem’s album Tomorrow.
Tell us a joke.
The United Kingdom’s political system.
All photos on this article c/o Daniel Ali.