By Nicholas Jason Lopez
A crafty blend of grunge and lo-fi bedroom hip-hop, Los Angeles-based trap-rock quintet Love Ghost recently dropped the official music video for their new single “Closure.”
Since the band formed, they’ve generated over six million total streams and views to date and have also toured worldwide, winning fans over with music that’s “not too urban for the suburban kids and not too suburban for the urban kids.”
Love Ghost are lead vocalist/guitarist Finnegan Bell, bassist/backing vocalist Ryan Stevens, guitarist/engineer backing vocalist Daniel Alcala, drummer/backing vocalist Samson Young and keyboardist/backing vocalist Cory Batchler.
The Music Bugle had the opportunity to chat with Bell about “Closure” and more.
Music Bugle – How would you describe Los Angeles to someone who has never been there before?
Finnegan Bell – It’s a very diverse, large city with all different types of areas, cultures and classes.
Music Bugle – What excites you the most about your musical style?
Finnegan Bell – We all have very different influences, so we make a very diverse range of music. So many different types of people can relate to the music we make, so therefore, we are able to reach a large group of people and we are very grateful for that.
Music Bugle – How did you guys decide the band name?
Finnegan Bell – Basically, I just asked myself, “What two topics do I think about most?” The answers were “Love and Death.” “Love Death” just didn’t quite sound right (laughs), so I decided on Love Ghost. We’ve had that name since I was 13.
Music Bugle – What made you want to release “Closure” as a single?
Finnegan Bell – We felt like it was a good standalone heartbreak track, so we thought that it would be perfect as a single.
Music Bugle – Does social media help or hurt music?
Finnegan Bell – Social media helps music, because it gives artists like us the opportunity to communicate one-on-one with our fans, which we love doing. It also helps promote music to a large group of people.
Music Bugle – Who are you listening to right now, music-wise?
Finnegan Bell – POORSTACY, PRINCESS BRI, Waynewood, Lil Skies, Machine Gun Kelly and lots of music from the 90’s. I try to keep my music taste as open as possible, but I really love the current alt scene of today.
Music Bugle – What do you miss the most about live shows?
Finnegan Bell – I miss almost everything about live shows, but what we miss the most is just exchanging that live energy and love we would get from the fans. We really love that adrenaline rush. It’s a really powerful experience and it’s very heartwarming.
Music Bugle – How have you been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic?
Finnegan Bell – The isolation is really taxing on our mental health. We’ve had family members that have gotten the virus and it’s been hard to not play live shows. However, we are optimistic that the world will return to normal sooner than later.
Music Bugle – What’s a quote that motivates you to keep doing what you do?
Finnegan Bell – “It’s not about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.” It’s from “Rocky,” but I feel like there’s a lot in that, that overlaps with the life of a musician or any career choice, for that matter.
Music Bugle – What’s something you wish happened more in today’s music industry?
Finnegan Bell – I wish people were more supportive of each other and that goes on beyond just the music industry. I wish all people showed more love at the end of the day.