Newsflash: All the analog equipment, expensive amps, vintage clothing and rare guitars in the world will never take the place of quality songwriting. Take "Gord's Horse," for instance, which is the sort of track that the world would hand over their 401Ks for if it was on some obscuro lathe cut available to 10 people in S.F. in the early '70s. Instead, it's a new jam from Cool Ghouls, using a stomp, tone and timbre that is throwback in the best of ways, combining harmonized vocals with a swagger and twang ready to blare out of a protest bus. By nailing that retro approach with a hummable and killer melody, "Gord's Horse" sounds like it's built for singing around a campfire. Stream it below.

"Gords Horse" comes from the band's tour-only cassette of the same name, available on the road at the dates below. Mikey Young (Total Control, ECSR, etc.) mastered the damn thing, too. Scoop one up before those collector douches get the chance to gouge you.

COOL GHOULS on TOUR
Apr. 28 — San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout
May 2 — Los Angeles, CA @ Cafe Nela
May 3 — Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
May 5 — El Paso, TX @ Monarch
May 6 — Austin, TX @ Hotel Vegas
May 7 — San Antonio, TX @ Limelight
May 9 — New Orleans, LA @ Poor Boys
May 11 — Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
May 12 — Nashville, TN @ The East Room *
May 13 — Asheville, NC @ TBA *
May 14 — Raleigh, NC @ Neptune’s *
May 16 — Philadelphia, PA @ The Barbary
May 17 — New York, NY @ Our Wicked Lady
May 18 — New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
May 19 — Boston, MA @ Black Lodge
May 20 — Montreal, QC @ TBA
May 21 — Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha
May 22 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Stone Horse Studios
May 23 — Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
May 24 — Omaha, NE @ Brother's Lounge
May 25 —  Denver, CO @ Hi Dive $
May 26 —  Salt Lake City, UT @ Vague Space $
May 27 — Sun Valley, ID @ Hot Water Inn $
May 28 — Boise, ID @ Neurolux $
May 29 — Moscow, IN @ Humble Burger $
Jun. 1 — Portland, OR @ The Know $
Jun. 2 — Chico, CA @ Duffy's $
Jun. 3 — San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel $

* w/ Thelma and the Sleaze
$ w/ Wooden Indian Burial Ground.