Those We Leave Behind

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Those We Leave Behind
Studio album by I Am Ghost
Released October 7, 2008 (2008-10-07)
Recorded Valencia Recording, Fell's Point, Maryland
Genre Post-hardcore
Label Epitaph
Producer Paul Leavitt
I Am Ghost chronology
Lovers' Requiem
Those We Leave Behind
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Those We Leave Behind is the second studio album by post-hardcore band I Am Ghost, and was released on October 7, 2008. The sound of the album is considerably different: after the departure of the band's female vocalist/violinist Kerith Telestai, I Am Ghost recorded more melodic, yet lyrically darker songs, with a stronger indication towards punk.

Post-hardcore is a punk rock music genre that maintains the aggression and intensity of hardcore punk but emphasizes a greater degree of creative expression initially inspired by post-punk and noise rock. Like post-punk, the term has been applied to a broad constellation of groups. Post-hardcore began in the 1980s with bands like Hüsker Dü, Black Flag, and Minutemen. The genre expanded in the 1980s and 1990s with releases by bands from cities that had established hardcore scenes, such as Fugazi from Washington, D.C. as well as groups such as Big Black and Jawbox that stuck closer to post-hardcore's noise rock roots. In the 2000s, post-hardcore achieved mainstream success with the popularity of bands like My Chemical Romance, AFI, Hawthorne Heights, The Used, At the Drive-In and Senses Fail. In the 2010s, post-hardcore bands like Sleeping With Sirens and Pierce the Veil achieved success and bands like Title Fight and La Dispute experienced underground popularity.

I Am Ghost was an American post-hardcore band from Long Beach, California, conceived of and founded by Steven Juliano in 2004. They were signed to Epitaph Records from 2005 to 2010, before splitting up in July 2010. They briefly reunited on April 28, 2016.


Album information

I Am Ghost parted ways with their band members, Brian Telestai (bass, keys, vocals) and his wife Kerith Telestai (violin, vocals) parted ways with I Am Ghost after health problems arose for Kerith on their national tour with The Chariot. Kerith said goodbye during a show at warped tour, while Brian left after the West Coast Revival tour with Aiden. After the two members left, Ron Ficarro joined filling in for bass, and no replacement was made for Kerith Telestai.

Lead singer Steve Juliano discussed the new direction of the album:

Juliano wrote all of the lyrics on Those We Leave Behind. The album's music was primarily written by bassist Ron Ficarro with additional compositions from guitarist Tim Rosales III. On August 12, I Am Ghost uploaded "Bone Garden" onto their Myspace.

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Track listing

1."Intro: We Dance with Monsters"0:45
2."Don't Wake Up"4:46
3."Those We Leave Behind"4:02
4."Buried Way Too Shallow"3:51
5."Bone Garden"4:16
6."Saddest Story Never Told"3:51
7."Smile of a Jesus Freak"3:39
8."So, I Guess This Is Goodbye"3:47
9."Interlude: Remember This Face, Baby"1:29
10."Burn the Bodies to the Ground"3:42
11."Rock n' Roll High School Murder"2:55
12."Make Me Believe This Is Real"4:07
13."They Always Come Back"3:35
14."Set Me Free"3:34


Chart positions

Top Heatseekers12
Top Heatseekers Mountain7
Top Heatseekers Pacific9

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