Singer For The Ghost Inside Responds To Terror Frontman’s Rant

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The Ghost Inside is a band I don’t care about, but we did post news yesterday about Terror frontman Scott Vogel’s calling the band out, so it seems only fair to post the band’s response.

Vocalist Jonathan Vigil says in a statement to Lambgoat that he had previously disrespected Vogel.

“Hardcore to me is, and always has been, about the message,” he says. “It’s about the sense of community you feel knowing you’re not the only one who thinks the way you do. About the pride you have in yourself that you don’t conform with the ‘normal world.’ Hardcore is about being yourself and being proud of it.”

I used to think that too, kid. But the sad truth of it is, everyone is out for their fucking selves and would sooner step on your cock than look at you.

“I grew up, and got into hardcore music through bands like Throwdown, Shai Hulud, Bane, One King Down, American Nightmare, etc. All of these bands sound completely different, but they all still have something in common,” says Vigil. “Every single one of those band have songs of substance, songs that make you think, songs that mean something. And they all have some merch with the word “hardcore” on them.

“I do my absolute best to give back to the hardcore community by trying to write songs that will inspire and help people the way that hardcore bands of my era helped me. I wouldn’t have the strength to turn down any drugs or alcohol that came my way if it wasn’t for Throwdown’s ‘You Don’t Have To Be Blood To Be Family.’

“I would be an angry people hating misanthropist if I never heard Shai Hulud’s ‘Hearts Once Nourished With Hope And Compassion.’ And most importantly, I wouldn’t have learned about dedication and sacrifice if it wasn’t for Bane’s ‘Give Blood.’ All of these lessons I learned from hardcore. I owe who I am today to hardcore.

“Hardcore to me has never been about a sound. It has always been about a message. The reason I call The Ghost Inside a hardcore band is because I believe in our songs. I believe in what we do. I believe that we are doing this band for all the right reasons. That’s why it’s so important to me to let people know what our songs are about. In the chance that they hear the message, and it sparks something inside them.

“All of this is why I’ve always considered The Ghost Inside a hardcore band. If other people and other bands in the hardcore community feel that we are doing the hardcore community an injustice, or misrepresenting the scene, we will never print another piece of merch with the word hardcore on it.

“I want people reading this to know that I mean no disrespect to anyone. ESPECIALLY Scott whom I’ve toured with a bunch, and have had many talks with about hardcore music. I respect his band, his career and what he said about my band. While on tour with Terror I acted a fool and disrespected Scott and some of his friends.

“I’ve done my very best to make amends with them. He has a reason to dislike me and my band. That is something I can only blame myself for, and something that I have to live with. Hardcore is also about honesty, and he was just being honest with the crowd.”

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xanderth Xander Turner Harrison

    I don’t care about TGI either but it’s awesome that he was so cool about it. He could have been like “oh fuck you dickhead” and made this whole huge thing out of it but he chose the mature way.

    Awesome.

  • Andy Synn

    I absolutely love ‘Hearts Once Nourished…’ but i STILL turned into an angry, people-hating misanthrope, Dammit all to heck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phillip.hughes.581 Phillip Hughes

    Fuck terror they are garbage, They are just jealous the ghost inside will be bigger than them