The Ghost Inside
Conceived in the spring of 2007, The Ghost Insideemerged with a vengeance from the Los Angeles music scene where dreams fade just as fast as they are born. The band was a fresh new start for friends Jonathan Vigil, Aaron Brooks, and Tyler Watamanuk who's former band, "A Dying Dream" had recently disintegrated after half of the members moved on. This left Vigil and company quite discouraged as they had just released an EP with hardcore heavyweights "Mediaskare Records." Fueled by their frustration, and determination to never give up, they founded The Ghost Inside and enlisted drummer KC Stockbridge, and guitarist Soyer Cole to round out the all-star lineup.
With the roster solidified and plans to conquer the world, The Ghost Inside began crafting their own unique brand of aggressive yet melodic metal/hardcore. Their collective goal was to write music that would transcend genres without boundaries, and set them apart from their peers putting them into a league of their own. All of the hard work paid off when in April of 2007; the band released their debut album entitled "Fury And The Fallen Ones" on Mediaskare Records.
After the full length was released, interest in the band intensified as they toured nonstop throughout North America with bands such as Bury Your Dead, Misery Signals, Bring Me The Horizon, Emmure, Stick To Your Guns, As Blood Runs Black, Winds Of Plague, and Sleeping Giant. In June of 2008, the band took their act overseas when they were asked to go to Australia with I Killed The Prom Queen. After a year of touring, The Ghost Inside parted ways with Soyer Cole, and suffered a brief hiccup when Tyler Watamanuk decided that life on the road was not for him and called it quits. The band quickly rallied and enlisted Garrett Harer on bass and Zach Johnson to take over guitar duties. Later that summer, The Ghost Inside was invited to be a part of the massive "Ten For Ten Tour" featuring Poison The well, Madball, Bane, Terror, and Vision Of Disorder as the headlining acts. Hammering out high- energy sets every night on this tour quickly earned the band a reputation for their intense live show and their hard-working attitude.
Coming off of a great 2 years on the road, the band gathered their new material and headed into the studio to record their follow up album entitled "Returners" which is hitting stores February 2010. Later this fall, the band heads to Europe on the "Imperial Never Say Die" Tour, followed by runs in Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Their long term goal: To continue to put out new music, and tour in as many new places as possible all the while, crushing everything in their path. If you have not yet seen The Ghost Inside, you owe it to yourself to drop whatever you are doing and get to one of their shows immediately!
Stick To Your Guns
We currently live in an age of angst and depression from a longterm economic recession that has seemed to affect everyone to some degree. However, fortunately there are those few individuals that always keep a positive outlook while trying to show the world that there are plenty of things they should be thankful for outside of the material goods they deem so important. STICK TO YOUR GUNS is more than a band, they have evolved into a movement that focuses on individual self expression, the desire to create a better life for yourself and an emphasis on the importance of family and treating others with respect.
Bursting at the seams with a vibrant energy and overall positivity comes this Orange County sensation, who provide a message of hope and that could serve as the soundtrack to the new hardcore/punk revolution. Visionary Jesse Barnett (vocals) was originally inspired to form a band that would provide him with a medium to project his view points and reflect his musical influences and he continues to do just that to this very day bringing a stable of accomplished musicians on board. STYG blends melody, heaviness, and sincerity into one solid sound that will cater to fans of Comeback Kid, Ignite and Rise Against.
After four full-length albums, a number of worldwide tours and legions of diehard followers the band has come full circle and in 2012 delivers the most important effort of their already stellar career. The much anticipated new album, Diamond, encompasses what STYG is all about and sees their songwriting develop and mature to ultimately craft their definitive release, which ultimately delivers a message of inspiration that anyone can relate to.
Barnett states: "The new album, Diamond, is an insight to the way we view the world through our eyes. All the good and all the bad. This is an amazing place we live in. There is so much mystery about our existence and it fascinates the hell out of us. The pain people go through, the good that people do and the gods that people are willing to kill and die for. It's all who we are as a whole and its important for us to understand this. What's inside of you is what is happening outside in the world. How we can look at everything thats going on around us and think that we are at a complete disconnect from it, is beyond me.
"We also try to live the words we speak. It's become more and more important to me as we have moved forward through this band's life, that we do the things we are saying. We try to give back any moment we can. This band has become more than just a band for me. I very much try to be the words that I write. I'm not a perfect. I am far from it, but what helps me more than anything is when a kid comes to me and says 'hey man my life was a wreck and I was in a downward spiral and this bands music has picked me up'. This is what helps me because I know what thats like and I have bands that have done the same things for me so to be that band for someone else is an honor.
"I feel like this band has progressed through its life like I have through mine. Every person on this earth is searching for things trying to find out who they are, where they belong and ways that they can express themselves. With the new album, not to sound to generic, we really took inventory of our music and for me at least I took inventory of my life, my flaws and mental vices. This is me trying to let it all go and find whats truly important to me and that is my friends, family and all of humanity. Society interests me in ways that I previously never knew. The things that people endure and the stuff people bounce back from and the ways we progress through science and technology amazes me. I love this world even though here are absolutely shitty things about it. I'm trying very hard to change my view and always trying to find ways to give back as much as possible."
In 2012, STICK TO YOUR GUNS gives to the world a diamond that shines bright and exudes a proclamation of hope and inspiration that could even impact the most cynical.
Stray From The Path
It is no coincidence that listeners of Stray From The Path will often have a difficult time confining them to a specific genre. The Long Island outfit, has made it a point to remain unpredictable, intricate, and intelligent. Listeners can expect their Sumerian Records debut 'Villains' to surpass the gratuitous and/or contrived music that is all too common today, and instead perform articulate songs that refuse to compromise their precision, honesty, and genuine desire to impress. Expect "Villains" to arrive in stores everywhere May 13th!