Published Sep 17, 2014After delivering their "Avalanche" single earlier in the month, California hardcore outfit the Ghost Inside have let the rest of the details behind their fourth full-length affair come tumbling down. Titled Dear Youth, their love letter to the kids arrives November 17 through Epitaph Records.
The follow-up to 2012's Get What You Give had the group once again working with producer Jeremy McKinnon (Veara, the Devil Wears Prada), who co-produced with Andrew Wade. (Wade had previously worked with the group as an engineer on Get What You Give.)
The 11-song outing is threaded together as a concept album in which vocalist Jonathan Vigil pens a letter to his younger self. Ahead of the album's release, the singer has delivered the following message:
I'm writing to you now because it seems I've lost my way. I can't pinpoint exactly when it started, but I know that it's not like it was before. I've realized the more time that passes, the more we lose touch. It's starting to feel like all I ever do now is lose touch with things. But not you, I never wanted to lose you.
I wish I had something to blame it all on, but I don't. One day I was there and the next I was here. As if I was dreaming and suddenly woken up. These days I'm always wondering if what I've done is enough. It's getting harder and harder for me to shake this feeling of stagnance.
So old friend I'm writing to ask you what it feels like to have the whole world in your hand? Where we could set out and do anything that we imagined. Endless possibilities way before complacence set in. To be honest with you, I've forgotten what that all feels like. There was a wonder about us that has long since faded. That sense of excitement, I miss it.
Dear youth, will you show me again? I need to be reminded of those times, back before this began...
In addition to the earlier stream of album opener "Avalanche," the Ghost Inside have now revealed a video for the Dear Youth track "Dear Youth (Day 52)." Comprising fan-submitted footage of kids showing off band-related tattoos and skateboard tricks, as well as of people holding up signs featuring scrawled-out song lyrics, the video can be seen down below.
The Ghost Inside also have a number of European and U.S. dates on the horizon. You'll see the show schedule here.
2. Move Me
3. Out Of Control
4. With the Wolves
6. Phoenix Flame
7. Dear Youth (Day 52)
8. Wide Eyed
9. My Endnote
10. The Other Half
11. Blank Pages