During a recent appearance on Full Metal Jackie’s, Ghost frontman Tobias Forge talked about the making process of the new Ghost album and said that he got tired after listening to the record over and over.
Tobias Forge is the main songwriter and the leader of the band, Ghost since 2006. The band released their debut studio album named ‘Opus Eponymous’ on October 18, 2010, and released another three albums after that. Ghost announced in 2020 that they started to work on their fifth studio album called ‘Impera’ and planned to release it in the summer of that year.
However, later on, Forge stated that they wanted to wait until the end of the U.S. presidential election because it would attract more attention. After that, the release of the album was interrupted again by the pandemic. The band’s first single from the upcoming album, ‘Hunter’s Moon,’ dropped on September 30, 2021, and they also released the second single, ‘Call Me Little Sunshine,’ on January 20, 2022.
The band announced that ‘Impera’ will finally be released on March 11, 2022. Tobias Forge talked about the recording process and revealed that it became really hard for him to work on the album at one point during the recordings. According to Tobias, working on the same things for months made him feel like he doesn’t like the record anymore. Forge stressed that it is a very difficult process and he got really tired of all the process.
Tobias Forge’s words on the process of the upcoming album:
“When you’re five months into making a record. I found that when we were making ‘Impera’ and that always happens — at least to me. At one point or another, all of a sudden my ears… I get — we call it ‘hearing AIDS,’ actually. That’s when your ears sort of die. That’s morbid and maybe not funny, but that’s what happens. And all of a sudden I don’t like the record anymore.
There was a moment this summer, I just came into the studio and my ears just died — ‘I don’t like this record anymore.’ And from then on, it was so much harder because I didn’t like it. Because you get so tired of it. And then when you’re in the aftermath of having made a record and you occasionally listen to it just because you need to, you have these moments of, ‘Woah, it sounds better than I remembered.’
And then you hear it again a few days later, and it’s, like, ‘Wow, this sucks.’ It’s a very painful process once you’ve gone over that little threshold. I think there are ups and downs with everything — pros and cons. But I think that generally when a producer or someone comes in and is working with me, usually that person is really happy not to have an opinionated band around. That’s the classic endless pain of most bands.
I’m not saying every band, but most bands at some point, you always have someone who doesn’t really carry the weight. And that’s very impractical sometimes. And luckily, that would be me, I guess. At least I can tell someone, ‘I know this great keyboard player who can play exactly this little bit.’
I know what I want, I know what I hear, and we can fake it like that, but if we want someone who can actually play like that, we can just call that person and we don’t have to rely on our guy or girl to do that. But that is not to say that the band that I have live — they are really able; they are really good at playing; they’re really good at playing anything that I tell them to, which is fantastic.”
You can listen to the entire conversation below.