Post-hardcore Group Is Working On Their Sophomore Album For Fall Release
The dark-rockers of Long Beach, CA, I Am Ghost, have emerged from self-imposed songwriting solitude to begin work on their sophomore album, which is slated for release this fall. The quintet recently headed east to record the follow up to 2006's critically heralded debut, Lovers' Requiem, with producer Paul Leavitt (Senses Fail, The Bled, Circa Survive) in Baltimore, MD.
After a lineup change in 2007, I Am Ghost found solidarity by returning to their roots and rediscovering their passion for the music.
"We went through a spiritual journey these past six months," explains founder and singer Steve Juliano. "Call it a band cliché, but it doesn't really bother me to say that. I sat in my room with these songs and really just let everything out. It was a cleansing of all the bad thoughts and ideals that had stuck in my head for almost three years. The past will always haunt you, and I know this. For awhile I was a very angry pissed off guy who hated a lot of people. This new album made me think. Why was I letting other people take control of my life? This album saved my life more than once. I don't know where I would be without these songs, the new members of this band and my family. Lyrically this is the darkest album I have ever written. Musically it's the most beautiful music we have ever done. We were not afraid any more. I am not afraid anymore. We wrote this entire album with our blood, sweat and tears. I wrote this album so I could stay alive and continue living again..."
In early 2008 Juliano along with co-founding members Gabriel Irahete (guitar) and Timoteo Rosales (guitar) enlisted the help of Ron Ficarro (bass) and Justin McCarthy (drums) to complete the revamped and revitalized lineup.
Having already established a name for themselves around the world through their relentless D.I.Y. work ethic, enthralling music and killer live shows, I Am Ghost enters the next phase with an abundance of experience and a drive to produce their best, most genuine music yet.
"The new album is just good songs," explains Juliano. "We don't have six or seven minute songs and this crazy epic intro that you will listen to maybe once or twice then skip. We just broke it down and got to the nitty-gritty. This is definitely the darkest album lyrically speaking I have ever written. But, at the same time, the songs are poppy but with this very morbid feel to it."
Catch I Am Ghost live between recording sessions this summer to get a taste of what's to come.
I Am Ghost Tour Dates:
7/24 - The Electric Theatre - St. George, UT
7/26 - The Fillmore - Denver, CO (w/ Rancid & MXPX)
7/27 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO
7/29 - Jillian's - Las Vegas, NV
7/30 - The Dome - Bakersfield, CA
7/31 - Chain Reaction - Anaheim, CA
8/1 - Karma - Victorville, CA
8/2 - Knitting Factory - Hollywood, CA
8/3 - Blakes on Telegraph - Berkley, CA
8/4 - San Jose Skate - San Jose, CA
8/5 - The Exit - Fresno, CA
8/6 - Satyricon - Portland, OR
8/7 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
8/8 - Blvd House of Music - Spokane, WA
8/9 - Zebra - Bozeman, MT
8/11 - American Legion Hall - Casper, WY
8/13 - The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
8/14 - The Prophet Bar - Dallas, TX
8/15 - Java Jazz - Houston, TX
8/16 - Rock Bottom - San Antonio, TX
8/17 - Stubbs BBQ - Austin, TX
8/19 - Launch Pad - Albuquerque, NM
8/20 - The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
8/21 - Epicenter - San Diego, CA
8/22 - The Cobalt Café - Canoga Park, CA