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New British four-piece alternative rock band Ghostree released their self-titled debut EP recently. Fronted by Haydon Spenceley, the former Freeslave front man and solo artist in his own right, the band recorded the EP in Nashville. LTTM caught up with the band to find out more about the album and their plans for the future, and we also offer you a FREE song download from the EP!

Last time we spoke to you Haydon, you were just releasing your solo album 'Heart Strings'. Now you're in the band Ghostree. How and why did that come about?

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Tell us a little bit about the Ghost Tree EP and what the inspiration behind it was?
Haydon: As you'll see if you read our LTTM recording diaries, the EP was designed as an honest set of songs. I’d been writing some more Church-focused songs in the lead-up to starting the band, and it seemed a good idea to put them together on an EP. The EP is “worship” in the sense that we hope our lives are “worship” but at the same time, we hope it’s a creative expression of who we are as guys, and who I am as a songwriter right now too. I hope it’s not too cliquey or esoteric for someone who doesn’t get or like Christianity to enjoy too. We had a great time pushing ourselves to be the best we could be, with great support from Kevin and Brandon, our producers, and I hope that what we came out with is a record which stands alongside the independent releases from bands all over the music scene, whether they have faith or not. Certainly the blessings we were given by God around the making of the EP, and the people we got to work with have given us a great opportunity to present songs of hope and truth to a lot of people.

Ben: The EP was a natural progression after Haydon’s previous 2 solo releases, Circles and Heartstrings. The new tracks he had written had taken a more rock driven direction and it worked well with the 4 piece rock set up. Haydon, Allie, Mark and myself started arranging the tracks in early 2011, with a view to visit Nashville in the July. The inspiration was to record a worship EP, but not necessarily in a congregational worship style. We were after producing something that was musically interesting, that had strong melodies and with lyrics that have real meaning. It was important to us to produce something that was the very best we could possibly do.

GhostreeWhich is your favourite track on the EP and why?

Haydon: I like all the songs (duh!) but You They See is a favourite. It's the closest thing I’ve ever had to seeing my initial vision for a song in the writing stage realized in the finished product. It's also the only song I’ve ever recorded standing up, it has a rocking bridge, and it's stacked full of scriptural truth, wrapped in some meaty, energetic instrumentation. I think it's a calling card for who I am as a writer and who we are as a band.

Another favourite is Glorious, which, at the other extreme, is a pretty sweet rocking pop song, designed for Churches to sing together. I love how the two songs sit next to each other on the EP. [Download 'Glorious' FREE with LTTM, above right]

Ben: My favourite track is You They See. I like the vibe of the drum and bass groove and how it creates tension in the verses, with the chorus having a straight feel. I think the individual sections are well defined. It also happens to be my favourite song to play live!

Any plans for a follow up EP or full-length album?

Haydon: We hope so. I'm writing right now, and if we get the chance, we’ll be out to Nashville again like a shot. Watch this space!
If you could work with any song writer, who would it be and why?

Haydon: I'd love to get in a room with Martin Smith, just so I could perfect his accent. I think there's an anointing there. It'd be a privilege to co-write with him too! Other than that I'd love to write with people from outside the mainstream faith community, perhaps Duke Special, or Ben Folds, maybe Cary Barlowe.
Ben: I would like to work with Jon Foreman. His ability to communicate through the lyrics and his great melodies are really inspiring.

How would you describe your style of music and what are your influences?
Haydon: Atmospheric indie rock. We were likened to a cross between Muse and Delirious? In America and I’m happy to stick with that one. I’m influenced by all manner of stuff (I listen to too much music) and I think it all seeps in somewhere, but I’m in thrall to writers who can match up singable melodies with progressive instrumentation, so bands like Radiohead, Thrice, Stateless. Recently I’ve loved the new Ryan Baker-Barnes record, and we’re hoping to tour with him this year. That record is great. Also, Sons have a great new record out, and Least of These's EP is playing as I type these answers. Those records will probably all influence the next one I write.

Ben: I guess Ghostree doesn’t particularly sound like its been directly influenced by any of these bands but this is what I've been listening to a lot of recently! We Are Voices, Phil Wickham, Paper Route, The Fray, Mutemath.

HaydonHow would you define success in your career?
Haydon: Staying alive long enough to make another record. Being honest in what we write, leading people in to the presence of Christ, and pursuing excellence in everything we do.

You're stuck on an island, it's hot, you only have enough battery life left to listen to one song on your mp3 player. What track is it?
Haydon: Right now it would be Le Metamporphoses by Agora Fidelio. Check it out. That thing is ridiculous. I'd get swept out to sea by the tide happily!

Ben: Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. The bass is groovin'!!

What does the next year hold for you and the band, will you be touring anytime soon?

Haydon: Lots of writing, getting ready for another record. Hopefully some shows (at home and in the US, as well as Europe). I'm hoping to get over depression this year too!

Ben: More writing for the next recording, and touring alongside some pretty talented guys! Keep an eye out for upcoming dates!

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