One year on from the horrific bus crash that claimed the life of their own driver and another motorist and which also lead to immense physical and emotional therapy, The Ghost Inside have recently shared a public statement about what has easily been the hardest 12 months of their career.
Via social media, a lengthy statement from the band’s frontman, Jonathan Vigil, addresses what each member has gone through, from being in and out of hospital and therapy, to coming back together and appreciating one another’s company, to the band and team behind them not being able to tour for a full year (something almost unheard of when it comes to this bands touring schedule). The vocalist also states that with the band coming together for the first time since that tragic accident (of which you can see a photo of said get-together above), and still being here, still being alive, fills him with determination and optimism for the future of not just their own lives, but also that of The Ghost Inside.
You can read Vigil’s touching statement in full below:
“It was a year ago today that an accident changed our lives forever. It’s been a whole year that we’ve had to deal with broken bones, amputated limbs, operating tables, hospital beds, psychiatrists and therapy. It’s been a long year that we’ve had to think of ourselves as the fortunate ones who lived, while our driver and the driver of the semi we collided with passed on. That means that it’s now been over a year since we played our last show together. And for me, that’s been the hardest part of coping with it all. I’ve (we’ve) been doing this for so long, that to stop in the way we have doesn’t sit right. I feel like I’ve lost my way. The psyche can want it bad enough but the physical limitations are still very real.
The impact that this has had on not only us, but the people around us is more than I can comprehend. Loved ones, close friends, other bands, people all over the music scene and fans all banded together to show their support in every way they could. From when some of us weren’t awake to realize it, to now even a year later.
I’ve had my ups and my many, many downs throughout this last year. I’ve battled back and forth a lot with the future. When The Ghost Inside started, we we all lived in LA. Now that we’re older, we all live across the entire country. Which means we are able to group chat, but aren’t able to see each other in person whenever we want. After something like this, I just need to be closer with the guys but I couldn’t. And that’s where this comes in.
The Ten of us were able to get together in September and celebrate being alive. It was the first time some of us had seen each other since the night before the accident. I can write things down to try explain the feeling of just being together again, but no words could ever capture what that felt like. Nothing I could say would ever rightfully express what that meant to me. As the saying goes “You don’t know what you have till it’s gone.” Well in this situation, I didn’t know what we had until we were all together again.
After that time together my future isn’t filled with doubts, it’s been filled with optimism. Instead of my mind just thinking “I can’t.” I now believe in “I think we can.” Being together again so many months after is what lead me to that belief. I’m thankful for that time together. I’m thankful for all those guys. I’m thankful to believe again. And lastly, I’m thankful to still have a future.
Alive and well.”
The Ghost Inside have also been rumoured to play the Vans Warped Tour 2017, and while an Australian tour may be a fair while off yet, we’re counting down the days until the band are back in the right head space and can eventually make their triumphant return to Australian shores. But until then…