Luke Chow Is Leaving His Hong Kong Indie Band Behind for a Second Master's
The post-rock fourpiece Hungry Ghosts has been one of the cornerstones of the local music scene since 2007. They've opened for international bands Caspian and Saosin. Now, they're about to release an 11-song LP at their last performance together. Band member Luke Chow tells us why.
How have you as a band and evolved over the past few years since starting in 2007? I think we definitely have changed as a band over the last seven years. When Hungry Ghosts intially started, we were much younger and super angsty. All we wanted to do was play live, play loud and party. Now I think our ethos as a band has changed, we are less focused on playing live and definitely work more as a team. It’s not about who is the loudest or playing the coolest complicated riff, the process has become more about spending time with your best friends, jamming, working on tunes and serving the songs, allowing them to grow and evolve.
Tell us about the new LP—Hungry Ghosts' longest album to date. We are really excited about our LP “Hold Dear Forever.” We have been working on it for the past two years. We recorded it at our studio Little Bay Music where Luke headed the production. Having our own studio meant we were able to record the songs at our own pace, with no strict time constraints or pressure from other people and as a result feel we were able to really document who we are as musicians and artists.
Why release a new LP right before breaking up the band? Seems like a cruel move for fans. It wasn’t our intention to be cruel to our fans. Actually "Hold Dear Forever" has been recorded, mixed and mastered and ready to be pressed for over a year now. Paul spent a year in the UK in 2014 and the rest of the band were pretty busy with other endeavours. Mike and I were working on our master's degrees.
What made you four make the decision to stop performing? Is it to do with the limitations of the Hong Kong indie scene? Tiff and I are moving to Australia as I have decided to do another master's. So, we will both be gone for a minimum of three years. We decided it was best to make this our final show and have a big farewell to give people that one last chance to hear us play and a souviner to remember our music by. Hong Kong is a small place and naturally our music scene is small, the scene has been really supportive of our band and we have been ever so lucky to have opened for some really big overseas acts. If we were to continue as a band I would would suggest focusing on touring regionally in a circuit between the cities in China, places like Guangzhou and Zhuhai.
Will you still be making music separately, or under different guises? Tiff and I have our other band Kestrels and Kites and we plan to continue with that. As for Paul and Mike, I am sure they will do something amazing.
What are your last wishes as a band? To encourage bands to keep playing, remember why you started playing and to keep it fun, life is fragile and often a struggle. Music makes it so much more fun.