This is what we call rising up like a phoenix from the metaphorical ashes. After a van accident on tour a few years ago that would have broken many other bands, The Ghost Inside’s determination to even play a single show afterwards is nothing short of a miracle. Whether you’re familiar with the band or even whether you’re a fan or not, you really have to admit the band’s determination is inspiring.
It’s with that said that the band even releasing a new song is quite a feat. They did just that, though, with “Aftermath” – it really goes in, that’s for sure. That’s not all, though. The band’s self-titled new record drops in June via Epitaph Records, and it’s produced by Fit For An Autopsy’s Will Putney. How’s that for a rebirth?
Created with producer Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Amity Affliction, Knocked Loose) and longtime friend/collaborator Jeremy McKinnon of A Day To Remember, The Ghost Inside is 11 songs of determination, deep resolve, reflection, and newfound hope.
The band had worked on material for their fifth album prior to the accident that claimed the lives of their driver, the lives of everyone in the other vehicle, and resulted in multiple injuries for all of the band members. Jonathan Vigil (vocals) suffered from a fractured back, ligament damage, and two broken ankles. Zach Johnson (guitar) has since had 13 surgeries for a femur injury. Andrew Tkaczyk (drums) ultimately lost his leg. The band collectively came to see the ordeal as a moment to put their inspirational lyrics to the test. Songs that were once more philosophical in origin had become autobiographical.
The accident will always be a defining moment for The Ghost Inside, but never what defines them. The album taps into the raw emotional things they’ve been through, but the songs are not about reliving the worst day of their lives. “This isn’t about what happened to us,” Riley insists. “We won’t get lost in that one day. This is about our journey, our growth, and who we are.”
THE GHOST INSIDE TRACK LISTING
2. Still Alive
3. The Outcast
4. Pressure Point
6. Make Or Break
8. One Choice
9. Phoenix Rise
10. Begin Again
The Ghost Inside is Jonathan Vigil (vocals), Chris Davis (guitar), Zach Johnson (guitar), Jim Riley (bass), and Andrew Tkaczyk (drums).