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The Ghost Inside, ‘The Returners’ — New Album

Having just completed the Atticus Metal Tour with Unearth and Stick to Your Guns, Los Angeles’ hook-friendly hardcore band the Ghost Inside are setting their sights on June 8 for the release of their second full-length album, ‘Returners.’

When the band members started working on ‘Returners’ last year, they were obsessed with writing songs that were better than those on their 2008 disc, ‘Fury and the Fallen Ones.’ At first, they second-guessed themselves so much they suffered temporary creative constipation. Then they realized that if they were going to make something honest and immediate, they had to let go and trust their instincts.

“I stressed on it until I finally got to the point of not caring,” guitarist Aaron Brooks said. “I was so worried about what it was going to sound like that I forgot to just have fun with it. I finally just told myself that if I wrote a part that I liked, then I would keep it regardless of what genre it might fit into. It was ultimately a great decision, because after that, I started writing tons of parts that I thought were awesome, and the record ended up coming together really fast.”

The album title stems from the syndrome countless bands have when they return home from a long tour and find that everything is the same, yet different. “One day when I returned home after a month some friendships were no more, some of my favorite places to go didn’t exist anymore,” said vocalist Jonathan Vigil. “[I noticed that] I was getting older and my family members were aging. It just solidifies what I’ve been running away from my entire life, which is that we live in an ever-changing and ever-evolving world and no matter how content we are and no matter how bad we want things to stay perfect forever, there are just some things we will never be able to control. Same goes for the places that we visit frequently on tour, or familiar places we go to. Places that you remember and that you return to, might be completely different.”

The Ghost Inside recently shot a new video for the album track ‘Unspoken.’ The clip was directed by Scott Hansen (A Day to Remember, Alesana, A Skylit Drive, Carnifex) and is scheduled to debut in May. Hansen filmed the clip in Los Angeles in Winds of Plague frontman Johnny Plague’s backyard.

“We wanted the video to be a rager because the song sounds like a party in itself,” Brooks said. “We were throwing around ideas and didn’t want to do the standard house party theme, so we decided to do the next best thing — pool party!!! Johnny was nice enough to let us and 40 of our friends take over his backyard for a day and the video came out amazing.”

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