American Nightmare

American Nightmare

American Nightmare was formed when Tim Cossar and Wesley Eisold (who was then a roadie for Ten Yard Fight) met up with Azy Relph and Jesse Van Diest in 1998. They recorded a demo tape in 1999, followed by their debut release, a self-titled 7", on Bridge 9 Records under their original name American Nightmare in 2000. After extensive touring and line-up changes, the band recorded their second release 7", The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter. This was later combined with their self-titled effort to form Year One, which was released posthumously.

Their debut full-length, Background Music, was recorded for Equal Vision Records in 2001 and was released to much acclaim. In 2003, the band faced a legal battle with a similarly named band from Philadelphia. The band then changed their name briefly to the initials "A.N." then to American Nothing for a brief period. After the other American Nightmare again threatened legal action, they changed their name to Give Up the Ghost (which was intended to be the name of their second album). Their second full length, We're Down Til We're Underground released on Equal Vision Records, saw the band experimenting with their sound, with longer songs that didn't follow the typical hardcore songwriting formula that they had adhered to in their previous releases.
The band broke up suddenly in June 2004, a day after announcing the cancellation of a European tour, issuing a statement which cited "health and personal reasons" for the split. Give Up the Ghost's success, combined with the success of contemporary Boston bands like The Suicide File, cemented the position of the Boston scene as the bellwether for new trends during the early 2000s. Members went on to join/form other bands such as Cold Cave, Some Girls, XO Skeletons, Ye Olde Maids, Head Automatica, Bars, and the Hope Conspiracy. Wes also went on to start a publishing company called Heartworm Press and co-owns Philadelphia based bookstore/performance space Juanita And Juan's. Give Up the Ghost came back into the headlines in 2007 under accusations that Fall Out Boy had taken lyrics from Wes Eisold, the band's lyricist, resulting in an out-of-court settlement and a credit in the liner notes of both the multi-platinum selling From Under the Cork Tree and Infinity on High.

Give Up the Ghost played two reunion shows in December 2011.

Led by that charismatic crooner of a hometown sports fanatic, John Sharkey III (Clockcleaner, Puerto Rico Flowers) the trio known as Dark Blue might be the super group Philadelphia has been waiting on for quite some time. Besides Sharkey, the band boasts Andrew Mackie Nelson (Ceremony, Puerto Rico Flowers, Paint It Black) and Mike Sneeringer (formerly of Purling Hiss, Puerto Rico Flowers) in its ranks and the noise they produce is something that could only come from the melding of three dudes with such twisted tastes and talents. It's a sound that is both malevolent and ethereal; like a throng of boot boys interfering on a night of good fun at the Hacienda in the late 80's. But if you're looking for a more concrete description of what they do; their sonics could be aligned with later period Blitz, 'Still from the Heart' era Angelic Upstarts or the later solo records of Sham 69 front man, Jimmy Pursey. Both Dark Blue's brittle though muscular sound and menacing vibe can be polarizing to some, but don't fret. So shine your boots and join the swarm.


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