Texas and UK-based rockers Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts unveiled the official music video today for their new single “Mamacita,”the lead track off their debut album, This Is The Sound, due out Friday, May 31st via Steven Van Zandt’s label, Wicked Cool Records. The exuberant video showcases the band’s dynamic live show along with an array of fans dancing and singing along to the riff-laden track that Ryan co-wrote with Little Steven, who also contributes to the song’s rippin’ guitar solo.
“The two things I’m most proud of is our reputation as a great LIVE band and the large, ever-growing group of amazing fans (they feel more like family) who support us,” Ryanshared with Music Existence, who first premiered the video. “This video feels special to us, because it features both of those things.”
“Mamacita” follows the band’s previously released song, “Bottoms Up (Here’s To Goodbye),” their first official release in late 2018, which is also featured on the upcoming album. Both tracks promptly earned Coolest Song In The World status from Little Steven upon their releases. All 12 new songs on This Is The Sound, recorded in the U.K. last year, find Ryan and the band on familiar musical footing, staying true to an aesthetic that’s a modern distillation of their classic influences.
Prior to the album’s release, Hamilton, the group’s only American, and the U.K.-based Ghostsare supporting Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers on a run of U.S. spring dates. Ryan will perform a solo, acoustic set opening for Clyne at a handful of Midwest dates in April and then the full band – core members Mickey Richards (drums) and Rob Lane (bass) along with Carol Hodge (keyboards and backing vocals) and Dave Winkler (lead guitar), who round-out the lineup when they perform as a five-piece – head to the West Coast for shows in May.
After stints in the bands People On Vacation (with Bowling For Soup‘s Jaret Reddick and Ghosts members Richards and Lane) and Smile Smile, this current phase of Ryan’s career began with a late 2016 single called “Fuck You Brain,” which he wrote and recorded with friend Ginger Wildheart of the legendary U.K. hard rock band The Wildhearts. The melodically rocking track caught the attention of Wicked Cool honcho Steven Van Zandt, who added it to his Underground Garage playlist, along with half the songs from Ryan Hamilton and The Traitors’ 2017 album The Devil’s In The Detail, the first album from the band prior to the name change. Ryan’s classic rock influences – among them The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, David Bowie – combined with a bit of country music from growing up in a small town just outside of Fort Worth, Texas laid the foundation on which Ryan Hamilton and The Harlequin Ghosts formed.