The Ghost Inside
As The Ghost Inside storms into the Northwest on the final leg of their headlining American Tour with First Blood, A Loss For Words, Deez Nuts and Hundreth before hopping the pond to tear through Europe. For those who have come away fans of what The Ghost Inside can produce with just 1 week in the studio, imagine what this band can accomplish with some experience under their belts and three times the studio session. With the recent release of their ode-to-the-road inspired full length release of Returners on Mediaskare Records, fans will again be rocked, challenged and inspired by the grit of this LA based metal quintet. Catch them Nov 7th in Boise at Mardi Gras and Nov 12th in Porltand at Branx. Special thanks to Jerry Graham of Warm Fuzzy Publicity for setting this interview up with TGI vocalist Jonathan Vigil.
Soon you are off to yet another European tour, what has surprised you the most about fans overseas?
Jonathan Vigil (Vocals): Probably their enthusiasm. Fans in Europe and Australia will line up before the show even starts, run up to the front row, and be the last ones to leave. They genuinely love overseas bands and it’s awesome.
Is there a meaning behind the name The Ghost Inside?
JV: No, we just needed a name and that was the only name out of a few hundred that just stuck with us. Haha.
I know the first song that I heard of your was “Faith Or Forgiveness,” which also happens to be your most played song on Myspace with well over 1.5 million plays. Is this your most recognizable song to date? What do you think makes this song stand out to fans?
JV: Yeah. I think it being our first real “single” and the fact that it was our first music video, that it stuck with people.
If I understand right your signing with Mediaskare began when you were still A Dying Dream, as The Ghost Inside did you resign or did Mediaskare stick with you through the transition?
JV: Mediaskare was fully behind the name change. Baron [the owner] was very enthusiastic about the new sound, and the new name. And he’s pushed us very hard since then.
“Returners” hit earlier this year, what did you learn from the process of recording, producing and releasing this album?
JV: We learned that having more time in the studio is a lot nicer haha. We only had a week to record our first record [Fury And The Fallen Ones] whereas we had a little over 3 weeks to record Returners.
In the sleeve of your album you’ve included briefs on each song which creates a much more personal perspective to the lyrics, how important is it to you that fans are able to dig in and take something positive from your music?
JV: It’s the number 1 most important thing to me. I feel like if you have the ability to reach people, that you should have something to say that people can either take with them, or a lesson they can learn to save them from harm. Inspiring people will always go a lot further than songs about violence and hatred. Plus, growing up in the hardcore/punk/metal scene, it always means so much more to me to sing along to a song and I know what it’s about. Lyrics are a big deal to me.
Obviously the band has changed literally with new members, but how has your approach to music and life evolved since the genesis of this band?
JV: I think we’ve just been able to mature over time. When you start touring, and playing full time its real fun but you learn little tricks of the trade along the way to make touring a lot easier on everyone. We are 5 very strong personalities on stage on off, so to balance that in and out of our music to create a better aesthetic for the band comes with time. And I feel like we’re at a good place musically, professionally and personally.
For your song “Through The Cracks” you mention that nothing stays the same and include, “Dear God, my world is ending. As quickly as it starts, everything is gone. And everything went wrong. I’ve spent so much time trying to live the lie.” What are the best and worst aspects of being a professional musician?
JV: The best part by far is traveling. Getting to see the world, meeting friends in every city, state or country you go to. Going to places that most people only get to dream of and not only going there, but playing for people as well. It’s an incredible experience and a great honor for us all. Worst part for me is how stagnant your personal life becomes. You always leave for tour, come back home, and see that your friends and family have progressed more and more and you are in the exact same place you were when you left. That is essentially what our album RETURNERS is all about.
The Ghost Inside (Metalcore – Los Angeles, CA) is: Johnathan Vigil – Lead Vocals; Aaron Brooks – Guitars, Backing Vocals; Zach Johnson – Guitars, Backing Vocals; KC Stockbridge – Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals; Jim Riley – Bass, Backing Vocals. Their latest full length album “Returners” is available on Mediaskare Records.
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