In a new interview with 101WKQX, GHOST leader Tobias Forge talked about the band’s beginnings, how he initially wanted to be a guitar player, and about the possibility of hiring a new singer so that he can focus on playing a guitar.
He said: “In 2006 and onwards, when GHOST sort of began to appear in my head, my intention was to just play the guitar. I wanted to write everything and do backups on the vocals, I just wanted to be the guitar player.”
When asked if it’s “weird” to never play the songs he created for the band live in concert, Forge replied: “In a way. It’s not weird because now obviously I’m conditioned into being this singer guy, but if I had my way – and definitely in an alternative future if whatever happens – I could definitely picture myself sort of getting someone else to sing and just play the guitar.
“I love playing those songs myself. Obviously, I don’t do it very often, and of course, the more time I spent jumping around doing other things, the less I play guitar.
He added: “It’s a little bit of a cycle where every time I come home, I play a little bit more and then I go on the road, and I play a little bit less, and then as soon as I go into the studio again, I have to really, really, like, get my chops up again.”
The musician pointed out he is aiming to “make a different record” from the latest GHOST effort, 2018 Prequelle, which he described as “a little ballad heavy.”
Tobias added: “I want it to feel different. If I dare to say ‘heavier,’ people think that it’s going to be Mercyful Fateall the way … but I definitely have a darker, heavier record in mind.”
GHOST‘s latest album, Prequelle, was released on 1 June 2018. The album marked the band’s strongest selling debut to date, landing at number 3 on the Billboard 200, selling 66,000 copies in its first week, with 61,000 of those being “traditional” album sales.