The Ghost Inside
Dozens of bands record and tour, but they are definitely on the second tier. Sales are solid but modest and they're stuck in the opening slot. Known by fans, but non-entities to everyone else. It usually takes great song or killer album to break through. Sometimes it's the Hand of Fate that moves a band front and center - even when it's not welcome.
In November, '15 three bands, Hinder, Fear Factory and The Ghost Inside were involved in tour bus accidents. By far, the worst was The Ghost Inside wreck.
The bus carrying the L.A. Metalcore band collided with an 18-wheeler semi-truck in El Paso, TX on November 19th. The driver of the 18-wheeler and the driver of the bus were killed. The band's Andrew Tkaczykt, Jonathan Vigil and Zach Johnson were seriously injured and initially listed in critical condition.
Ironically, four albums into their career, The Ghost Inside were touring in support of their most successful effort to date - '14's "Dear Youth" went to #63 on the Billboard 200.
Bring Me The Horizon donated $10,000 in merchandise sales toward the medical expenses of their former tour mates. They also posted a link to a GoFundMe campaign started for The Ghost Inside.
Then Epitaph Records, the band's label, held a fundraising event in Anaheim to aid the band.
Months later, The Ghost Inside reunited on stage for the first time since the accident for an appearance at the '16 Alternative Press Awards in Columbus, OH.
They were also honored for their perseverance at an NHL (hockey) game in their L.A. hometown.
The group was founded in '04 and originally known as A Dying Dream. But after a debut EP, they became The Ghost Inside. Their first release for Epitaph Records, '12's "Get What You Give," debuted at #88 on the Billboard Top 200. That led to a world tour.
In early '15, founding member and lead guitarist Aaron Brooks gave up the ghost, leaving Vigil as the last original member.
2008 Fury And The Fallen Ones
2012 Get What You Give
2014 Dear Youth