New Narrative-Driven EP Ghost On Mulholland Out February 21
“Confused by his surroundings, our protagonist sprints further into the desert, leaving behind the ghost’s orange glow. He runs until the soles of his shoes are worn down and his feet are completely blistered. In the darkness, he finds a well-lit convenience store advertising ice cold beer. At first he thinks it’s a mirage, but when he walks inside he’s amazed to find exactly what he’s looking for.”
JANUARY 17, 2023 – (Miami, FL) – The latest chapter in indie-rocker GOOD BISON’s new narrative EP, Ghost On Mulholland, has been unveiled in the form of “Better Lies,” a single about the protagonist doing whatever he can to escape the ghost that has been trailing him for a lifetime. The ambitious new EP (inspired by the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine) chronicling this lifelong haunting will be released independently on February 21, 2023.
“Better Lies” is a song about living in denial and the anguish of ignoring one’s inner pain. It finds Good Bison brainchild Pablo Alvarez musing about hiding how he truly feels, running away from responsibilities (i.e running away from the aforementioned ghost in this narrative), and pretending that all is ok when it’s not. Despite the painful subject matter, the track still showcases a laid-back vibe full of intricate guitar riffs and solos, matched with warm, calming melodies, as well as Alvarez’ signature, energetic alternations between rapping and singing during the verses.
“I’ve never been particularly great at communicating my feelings. My mind is so focused on staying afloat and pushing forward that I rarely allow myself to process my emotion,” says Alvarez. “I could be at one of my lowest points and still go about my day smiling. It’s not necessarily an accurate depiction of how I’m feeling, it’s an instinct. Or a defense mechanism. Sometimes I fear people would be disappointed if they realize their perception of me isn’t entirely accurate. I’m actually not always in a good mood, although it may seem that way.”
“Better Lies,” alongside the rest of the EP, was written and recorded in Miami by Alvarez and Abe Mendez, with George Spits handling additional production, mixing and mastering, Agustin Mas on lead guitar and Sebastian Delgado on drums/backing vocals. The writing and recording process for Ghost On Mulholland saw Alvarez return to Miami, his home for many years after immigrating there with his mother from Colombia. After having moved to Los Angeles as an adult, the making of this EP gave Alvarez a chance to reconnect with his Miami music community and collaborate with them once more.
“In Los Angeles, sometimes collaborations can feel a bit transactional. Working on this record, I was just jamming with friends in Miami. Friends I hadn’t jammed with since moving to LA over eight years ago,” Alvarez says. “It was nostalgic, it was fun, it was easy. Every song on this EP not only features several of the most talented musicians I’ve had the pleasure of working with, but also people I grew up with and love.”
On Ghost on Mulholland, Good Bison takes his sun-soaked indie rock into a more serious, sometimes slowed direction to match the ghost story at play. However, he still maintains the signature combo of Beck’s Odelay, Weezer’s The Blue Album, and his unique, fast paced hip-hop delivery that’s previously brought him acclaim.
“Even though I’ve gotten pretty good at running away from the ghost, sooner or later, he’s going to catch up to and I think that’s true for most people,” concludes Alvarez. “It’s difficult, if not impossible, to truly know what ghosts someone is living with. But they’re always there, and these hauntings affect us in different ways.”
“Better Lies” by GOOD BISON is out now. Ghost on Mulholland will be released on February 21, 2023 independently.