Sunday, November 1, 2015

Song Of The Week: 11/1/15

Song: "Burn The Bodies To The Ground" (live)

Artist: I Am Ghost

Album: "Live In Orange County"

Year: 2009

Place Of Origin: Long Beach, California

Years Active: 2004-2010


"Burn The Bodies To The Ground" almost appears as if it's about the vocalist just being disgusted and fed up with his surroundings and the people he associates with. Everyone is loaded and miserable, even his girlfriend is draped in misery. When I listen to the song and read the lyrics I get a sense like the vocalist is in his house with a bunch of leeches and hanger on's and maybe what he thought once was cool, he is now disgusted with, thus he just wants to burn down the house and everyone in it. He's seeking a drastic change in his life no doubt. This version of "Burn The Bodies To The Ground" is a live take from I Am Ghost's album "Live In Orange County". The original studio version can be found on the band's 2008 album "Those We Leave Behind".

I AM GHOST'S DISCOGRAPHY (Full length albums only):

2006 - "Lovers' Requiem" (Epitaph Records)
2008 - "Those We Leave Behind" (Epitaph Records)
2009 - "Live In Orange County" (self-released)


I Am Ghost was formed back in 2004, the brainchild of lead singer Steve Juliano who sought out bandmates through MySpace. Soon after settling on band members, I Am Ghost self released and EP called "We Are Always Searching" in 2005 and soon caught the attention of legendary punk rock label Epitaph Records who signed the band and re-released their EP. The band's debut album, 2006's "Lovers' Requiem" showed a band that definitely offered a unique style in an over-saturated genre. While featuring aggressive, goth punk guitar riffs and hardcore and metal elements, the band also featured female back up vocals, violins and keyboards which distinguished them from the crowd. Tensions within the band created a rift as to what musical direction they should go and ultimately, the back up vocals of Kerith Telestai and the keyboards of Brian Telestai would be no more as both departed the band. While the band's next effort, 2008's "Those We Leave Behind", was a more aggressive and angry record, the band definitely lost some of what made them unique from their debut album. After touring the U.S. and Europe in support of "Those We Leave Behind", I Am Ghost decided to break up. The break up was officially announced on July 17, 2010 by lead singer and founder Steve Juliano. Currently, I Am Ghost is still very much no longer a band. Juliano has gone on to form another band called Requiem (formerly Requiem For The Dead) which is in the same vein as I Am Ghost. If you are a fan of dark/punk/goth/hardcore/metal type bands like Escape The Fate, Aiden, My Chemical Romance, Avenged Sevenfold and AFI, then you would probably enjoy I Am Ghost's music. It seemed this band was really on to something before the Telestai's both departed. After their departure, the band definitely sounded more generic. Not bad, just not groundbreaking either.


1. Pretty People Never Lie, Vampires Never Die
2. Our Friend Lazerus Sleeps
3. Those We Leave Behind
4. Killer Likes Candy
5. Bone Garden
6. The Girl Epilogue, Pt. 1
7. Lovers' Requiem
8. Kiss Me Like You Wanted - We Will Never Tell
9. Don't Wake Up
10. Saddest Story Never Told

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