From cult heroes to global phenomenon: the unstoppable rise of Ghost
A nameless Ghoul looks back on how mystery, masks and a little intrigue have made Ghost a hugely popular international concern
HAT WAS YOUR FIRST SHOW LIKE?
A Nameless Ghoul (bass): “Our first show as Ghost was actually outside of Sweden – it was in Germany [in 2010]! It was shaky, I would say. We had rehearsed a little, for a month or two, but we hadn’t really been a band for a long time. And it was a little bit odd playing in costumes – we’d never really done that together before. I think the reaction was quite good. It was in a forum that was very open to what we were at that time, because at that point I think we were regarded as an ‘underground’ phenomenon. The day after, our second-ever show, in London, was definitely a bigger happening for us. There was a small festival at the Camden Underworld,we had a really late-night slot, and there was a lot of excitement there. That was our first show where we really felt, ‘Wow, this can become something.’”
HOW DID IT FEEL TO WIN A GRAMMY THIS YEAR?
“Great, fantastic. It’s a big honour for anybody to win, but for us it meant a lot extra, because we’re a Swedish band. Swedish artists are seldom nominated, and if they are, it’s usually singular artists in the pop world, or the songwriters.