It was at a Good Vibrations sideshow in 2010 that Gossip guitarist Nathan Howdeshell decided he wanted to sign Melbourne band New War to his Fast Weapons label as he watched them during their support slot. Finally, the first 12-inch single from this great local post-punk hope, Ghostwalking, will be launched this Saturday September 24 inside the brand new Phoenix Public House band room.

Of course, that 2010 gig wasn’t the first contact between New War and Gossip. New War vocalist Chris Pugmire is formerly of Shoplifting – a band that also featured Gossip drummer Hannah Blilie – and tells us he’s been friends with Howdeshell for years. Howdeshell and Blilie have contributed a remix of Ghostwalking to the 12-inch and Howdeshell will be in the DJ booth at the launch. For star-spotters, Pugmire says he expects Blilie will also be there and Beth Ditto may show her face too.

New War has enough star power of its own in SIR’s Jesse Shepherd on keys, ex-Bird Blobs drummer Steve Masterson and another former Shoplifting member, Melissa Lock, on bass. Pugmire says 450 copies of Ghostwalking have been pressed up, with 250 copies for sale in Australia and the rest on their way to the US and Europe.

“We were supposed to do 500 but the [pressing] plate broke,” Pugmire reveals. “Our plans for a record have been delayed slightly so we’ll probably do another 12-inch early next year, around January.”

Also on the line-up for Saturday’s launch are Fabulous Diamonds, Taipan Tiger Girls, Pearls and DJs Ann Ominous (Romy Hoffman) and Woody McDonald. Tickets are $15 and only available on the door, so best get there early.

New War launch Ghostwalking with Fabulous Diamonds, Taipan Tiger Girls, Pearls and DJs at the Phoenix Public House this Saturday September 24. Doors at 9pm.