On November 19th 2015 a lot of lives were rocked and ruined. Lives were lost and the members of one of my favorite bands were involved in a Accident involving their Tour Bus and a Truck. The drivers were both killed and the members of the band although survived they were left badly injured and disbanded for the foreseeable future. They have since played one show since the accident and released no new music…that is of course until today.
This morning started like any other during this trying time. That is until i saw a post on twitter regarding a band that I have not thought about in a very long time. The announcement from the band was that they were going to be releasing a new album this June and the first single/video from that album is available to listen/watch. So of course I got a little excited and wanged that new song and boy oh boy does it take me down memory lane.
I’m going to rewind back to 2011 for a little bit. Why 2011 you may ask? Well that is the first time i heard The Ghost Inside. I was shown them by my college roommate at the time and i was fucking hooked at first listen. I listened to them when i studied, lifted, walked to class, drove, basically this band consumed my musical life and for good reason they are among the best in the Metalcore/Hardcore Scene. That was also the first time that I got to see them in concert at this tiny venue in Bloomington-Normal they opened up for Attack Attack! But I was at that show for one reason and one reason only. To experience The Ghost Inside. It was at that show that I had the pleasure to meet the vocalist Jonathan Vigil and it was a moment that I will always remember. I totally fan girled out. I mean who wouldn’t, their music had such an impact on my life and the dude was one of the nicest people I have ever met. I remember how I felt on the way home from that show, I was genuinely happy that this band was in my life.
The impact this band had on my life didn’t end there. I followed their careers and watched them blossom from a supporting act to a Headliner, and I really didn’t think I could like this band anymore than I already did, new albums came, they came to down and it was a vicious circle involving mosh pits and new CD’s. It was great. Christine even came with me to see them at Dirty Nellies in Palatine, IL. The venue sucks but the music that night was loud, heavy, and wonderful.
So you can only imagine how I felt when I learned that a band that had such impact on my life was involved in such a horrifying accident. It really made me happy to see that they were able to rise up after something like that and do something that they genuinely love doing, which is making kids like me happy. It made me feel like a kid when I heard their new song because it reminded me of the mark this band left on me and made me who I am today. I wouldn’t be where i am today without this band and it brought tears to my eyes seeing that how far they have come since their tragic accident almost 5 years ago.
Their new album comes out June 5th and you better believe I’ll be jamming to it day 1. My only hope is that they inspire any people facing adversity in their lives because they have shown that it is very possible to go to hell but be able to come back stronger than ever. In their words…Life’s swinging hard, but I’m swinging harder