Ghostlimb: Where Napalm Death and Hot Water Music Unite


I first fell in love with Ghostlimb on 2008’s eighteen-minute steamroller of an EP Bearing and Distance and I’ve been a fan ever since. Frontman Justin Smith, who is also a member of Graf Orlock, is a master at crafting post-hardcore melody into concise songs that go straight for the gut; as a press release for the band’s new single “A Gobi of Suburbs” touts, they’re “like a mix of Napalm Death and Hot Water Music.” I couldn’t’ve said it any better.

Noisey has the premiere of new song “A Gobi of Suburbs,” embedded below, along with a fascinating interview with Smith in which — among other topics — he talks about what it’s like to be a history professor (his day job for the past eight years) and the member of a DIY punk band that tours the world at the same time. Separation of church and state? At first, but Smith’s learned to lean in to his dual life over the years and finds that his alter-ego can even lend him extra credibility in the classroom. Read more here.

Ghostlimb’s new album Difficult Loves will come out on February 5th via Vitriol Records. Pre-order here.

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