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Cherry Ghost are a band from Manchester, England.
Cherry Ghost began in 2005, first as an alias for Simon Aldred as a solo artist, before morphing into a full band. Their debut album, Thirst for Romance, was released in July 2007 and entered the UK Album Charts at No. 7. It was nominated for an Ivor Novello award as well as winning Aldred an Ivor Novello for best song ‘People Help the People’.
A second album, entitled Beneath This Burning Shoreline, was released in July 2010 to universally positive critical acclaim.
Founding member Simon Aldred, under the moniker Out Cold, released a solo album entitled Invasion of Love in September 2013, featuring a markedly synthpop sound. In May 2014, Cherry Ghost released their third album Herd Runners. Aldred now writes with and for other artists having co-written ‘Leave Your Lover’ with Sam Smith for multi million selling Grammy winner ‘In the Lonely Hour’ as well as co-writing Avicii single ‘Waiting for Love’ amongst many others.
The name “Cherry Ghost” is a reference to the Wilco song “Theologians” from the album A Ghost Is Born. In 2005, Simon Aldred began performing as Cherry Ghost as a solo artist, before morphing into a full band. Early sessions with Doves bassist and vocalist Jimi Goodwin and a special appearance on Later…with Jools Holland helped excel the band’s beginnings. Cherry Ghost were one of only a handful of bands and musicians to have been invited onto Jools Holland’s programme before having released any material. Cherry Ghost signed to Heavenly Records, and released their debut single “Mathematics” in April 2007. The debut album, Thirst for Romance, was released in July 2007, following the release of the single “People Help the People” two weeks before, which charted on the UK Singles Chart at No. 27. The album was met with generally positive reviews, and entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 7. A third single, “4 AM,” was released in September 2007 and charted at No. 128. A live EP entitled iTunes Festival: Live in London, recorded in July 2007 at the iTunes Festival, was released digitally in November 2007.
In September 2007, Cherry Ghost were nominated for Best New Act at the 2007 Q Awards. In early 2008, Cherry Ghost won an Ivor Novello Award for “People Help the People” in the category of Best Contemporary Song.
In March 2008, Simon announced through a MySpace blog posting that the band were at the writing stage for the second album and had seven songs written, which had been distilled from over 50 different tunes. The bulk of the album was written in Berlin and Rome. The band began recording the album in January 2009. A later blog post indicated that the band were recording in a converted barn.
On 27 December 2009, Simon posted on MySpace that the second album had been finished and was “due to be mixed in the next month or two.” On 29 April 2010, a message on the band’s MySpace page stated the title of the new album as Beneath This Burning Shoreline, with a release date of 5 July 2010.Beneath This Burning Shoreline was released to positive reviews, garnering 4-star reviews from publications such as Q, The Guardian, and The Independent. The album’s first single, “Kissing Strangers,” was released as a single-track download on 28 June 2010. Second single “Black Fang” was released in September 2010 as the album’s first commercial single on 7″ vinyl and download; third single “We Sleep on Stones” was released as a double A-side with a cover of the CeCe Peniston hit “Finally” in November 2010. A fourth single, “Only a Mother”, was issued as a download in March 2011.
Simon Aldred spent much of 2012 and 2013 recording his solo album Invasion of Love, released under the name Out Cold in September 2013. Aldred went into the project not wanting to make another guitar-driven album, instead turning towards synthesizers. In an interview with The Guardian, he said “The pattern of strumming a guitar felt really flat, I didn’t want to make another miserable northern record… The last album, I was plucking quotes from Chekhov and film noir, so I wanted to give myself a little break. I could have easily made an acoustic troubadour-style album, and I had half that written, but it shouldn’t be that easy.” Lyrically, the album was also influenced by Aldred’s coming out as gay. “Invasion has a negative connotation, but the album is mostly about embracing relationships and love.”