Watch The Ghost Inside Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk Play Along To Architects’ “Hereafter”

The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk is continuing to make significant progress on his return to drumming following the band’s November 2015 bus crash that left him with a missing leg and other injuries. You can see him playing along to Architects’ new single “Hereafter” below:

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The Ghost Inside’s Zach Johnson Undergoes 13th Bus Crash-Related Surgery

The Ghost Inside guitarist Zach Johnson has revealed that he has undergone his 13th surgery following the band’s horrific November 2015 bus crash. He made the following post about that:

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So Thursday I was suppose to fly to Vegas to surprise @thejimriley for his birthday and see the boys. I’ve been having knee issues, and had a CT scan planned for the day after I got back. When I woke up Thursday my knee was hugeeeeeee and rest of my leg was swollen. I was advised to go to the ER, and never left. They did surgery the next morning, clearing out tons of infected tissue and fluid, and taking out the screw in my knee. I’ve most likely had this infection for a long time (months or more), so they are keeping a close eye on it. The past few days I’ve had a fever of 102 deg +. When Im cleared I’ll got home with a PICC line and administer anti-biotics 4 times a day for the next 6 weeks. So lucky number 13 surgery done, and hope it’s the last.

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UPDATE: He has since followed up with another post:

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The Ghost Inside’s Andrew Tkaczyk Continues To Make Significant Progress On Drumming

The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk is continuing to make significant progress on his return to drumming following the band’s November 2015 bus crash that left him with a missing leg and other injuries. He said the following:

“Today is honestly the first time since our accident almost 3 years ago that I feel close to the level I was playing at when I had two legs. No, it’ll never be 100% like that again but with the help of my Dad and some incredible people, I’ve gotten pretty damn close. The @axispercussion long boards were the third and final piece of the puzzle to making playing drums feel natural again. 1st piece was The Hammer my Dad built. 2nd piece was my trigger setup, and now these pedals. Extremely thankful to Joe Hardy for hooking me up and helping me get back to it. Feeling great about this!”

The Ghost Inside’s Andrew Tkaczyk Shares Footage Of Himself Using The Device His Father Built To Help Him Drum With His Missing Leg

The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has shared footage of him practicing with the device his father built him to help him drum without his prosthetic leg. As previously reported, they are calling it “The Hammer.”

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I wanted to give people a visual of how The Hammer works. I can tell you that BY FAR, this is more comfortable than using my prosthesis. There’s a lot to work on. I physically can’t produce as much power and control as I can with a trusty ol’ REAL leg/foot/ankle combo. Mostly other musicians will notice that during the part where I switch the groove to the open hats. Because I only have a very short limb, there is also a timing/latency issue when striking The Hammer with my limb to the kick head that I think is just going to get better with more practice and experience. It’s honestly like having to relearn how to play drums again. The muscle memory is there, but my body is drastically different. Going to experiment with triggers to see if that helps my situation. To be honest with you, I’m fine with having an excuse to use triggers. I’m a huge fan, they sound badass and I love death metal 😁. So here it is. The first official footage of THE HAMMER 🔨 🤙🏻

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The Ghost Inside’s Andrew Tkaczyk Shares Photo Of A Device His Father Built To Help Him Drum With His Missing Leg

The Ghost Inside drummer Andrew Tkaczyk has shared a photo of a device his father built to help him drum without his prosthetic leg. They are calling it “The Hammer” and you can check it out below, along with some words from Tkaczyk:

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This is something I’ve been excited to share for a very long time. My Dad is quite the handy-man, and came up with this great idea. Playing drums with a prosthetic leg just wasn’t working out. The timing was way too off. There was a latency. It was awkward and clunky. My Dad had a vision of designing me a device where I didn’t need to attach my prosthesis at all. This way there is no weight my limb has to lift which eliminates fatigue, and gives me a FAR better action when striking the pedal. With that said, I still have a long way to go before I get it 100% down, but it’s absolutely the right direction to go in terms of playing as close to my full potential as possible! My Mom coined the name for this device so we’ve been calling it “The Hammer” 🔨 Going to stream live here on Instagram within the next hour so come hang out!

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The Ghost Inside Say “There Is A Future” For The Band

Earier this month, The Ghost Inside had their first band practice since their November 2015 bus crash, and then posted a video update saying that they still “have a long, long road ahead of [them] before [they] get on stage.” Now, the band have shared another update saying “there is a future” for them.

Here’s the group’s full statement:

“This is The Ghost Inside 2018. We weren’t always sure we would make it here. All along we’ve said ‘let’s just get in a room with instruments and see what happens’. Andrew gave us 4 clicks and we sailed off into Between the Lines. Over the next few hours we hacked our way through a dozen or so songs, one at a time. Everything is different. Fingers and feet and throats that have played these songs a thousand times don’t operate on autopilot anymore.

But there was something special, something beautiful, in doing the thing we love by sheer force of will. Spending a week together as bandmates answered the question that has been on all of our minds – yes there is a future for TGI. We still aren’t sure exactly what it looks like. It might be one show, it might be a few shows. It could be a new song or a whole new record.

Our journey into that future is just beginning, and we will bring everyone that is interested along with us. Every Monday, one band member will take over all of our social media to give you insight and updates on their personal progress, as well as glimpses behind the scenes of what we are doing as The Ghost Inside as this new chapter unfolds. We know that this is a new normal but hey, the same old thing gets boring right? Thanks for proving that you are the Tried and True.”

The Ghost Inside On First Band Practice Since 2015: “We Have A Long, Long Road Ahead Of Us Before We Get On Stage”

The Ghost Inside’s Jim Riley and Jonathan Vigil have shared a new video update following their first band practice since their horrific November 2015 bus crash. Riley said the following in the clip:

“It was really incredible to finally get in a room and do what we do. But it also showed us that we have a long, long road ahead of us before we get on stage… We’re not leaving here today with a date set in stone to go out and play a show and you guys just don’t know about it yet. We think that when we reach the point when we can put a date on the calendar, pretty shortly after we know, we’re gonna share it with you.”

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