High Tension have returned with a powerful new single titled ‘Ghost To Ghost‘, the first bite of new music from the Melbourne based heavy quartet since their 2015 breakthrough album, ‘Bully‘.

Following the release of ‘Bully‘ – new members, Mike Deslandes & Lauren Hammel brought new discussions and direction. Exploring numerous avenues, under the guise of heavy music, the dynamic took a turn from the band of old. A hybrid tuning seemed to reveal something new, this voice lent to writing ‘Ghost To Ghost‘ and has become the band’s new blueprint.

The lyrical punch in ‘Ghost To Ghost‘ exhibits both fury and patience, and is an exploration of vocalist Karina Utomo’s own historical trauma and truth coming to the surface. Utomo describes the movement:

Last year I connected with other Indonesians whose families were implicated in the anti-communist purge, even at present, systemic silencing has stopped people from sharing their stories and spreading truth surrounding that era, they described their daily storytelling as “dari hantu ke hantu” or “from ghost to ghost” and I felt like this was what I have been trying to attempt for the past decade.

Watch the video for the single below.


The track was produced, engineered and mixed by guitarist Mike Deslandes, while the video was directed by bassist, Matt Weston.

High Tension will celebrate the launch of ‘Ghost To Ghost‘ on Friday 6th April at the Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood. Tickets available at hightension.com.au.

You can also catch them at Download Melbourne on March 24th and Blacken Open Air in Alice Springs on March 31 / April 1.



Photo by Tracey Lee Hayes.