Ghost Food - ROT GM

ROT GM finds Ghost Food expanding into something of a cult dedicated to the worship of the Green Man on their first full length album.These verdant soundscapes are dense as a thicket, with layers of vintage tones from some grandmaw's church organ moanin' and rattlin' amidst a bevy of electro-acoustic textures. Voices whisper dream-like tales of nature spirits, and groups chant about circles. Spooky but earthy is the vibe, as if the dark apparitions of Halloween were resurfacing in a lush gothic Spring.

“Inspiration seems to hide behind every corner. Ghost Food had just finished playing our very first set ever at the Sweet Wreath Halloween Party. It was a wonderfully chilly night and the smoke from the fire was making everything eerie and hazy as folks drifted around in various costumes and disguises. Marita and I were talking and John Albea wandered up, asking if either of us knew who the guy across the fire from us was supposed to be. At first, it was difficult to make out who exactly he was referring to, with the smoke and the haze, but we eventually figured out who John was pointing out.

He was tall in actual height, but was made even taller by a big hood on his head with tree branches that seemed to grow out of the top. He had a big beard and a green cloak with a green-painted face to match. “I’m pretty sure he’s dressed as the Green Man.” I said, to which both Marita and John laughed uproariously. “You’re making that up!” cried Marita and John agreed with her. “No, really!” I said indignantly, “The Green Man’s a real thing!” and then shouted out to the guy across the fire “HEY! Who are you supposed to be?! The Green Man?!” to which he happily replied “Yeah! I’m glad somebody finally guessed it!”

John and Marita laughed, but were still confused at that point, so I proceeded to get out my phone and show them images and articles about the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of Nature, the birth-death-rebirth cycle associated with an earlier form of Pan who heralds in Spring. Later in November 2021, Joel and I spoke on the phone about plans for our next album and a possible Spring theme, since it would be released around that time. The Green Man Halloween party memory instantly popped up and we began writing and composing what would become ROT GM…Return of the Green Man!” -Paul Cordes Wilm