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.”

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:

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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The Ghost Inside Have Their First Band Practice Since Their 2015 Bus Crash

Today (April 17), The Ghost Inside had their first band practice since their horrific November 2015 bus crash. The band did not livestream the session, but they did livestream the setup. You can check that out below, along with their recent live Q&A:

The Ghost Inside To Celebrate 10th Anniversary Of “Fury And The Fallen Ones“ With A Live Facebook Q&A

The Ghost Inside have announced that they will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album “Fury And The Fallen Ones“ with a live Q&A on Facebook. That is scheduled to take place on April 15 at 4 PM EST/1 PM PST. The group are still recovering from their horrible November 2015 bus crash.

The Ghost Inside’s Jonathan Vigil Discusses Recovery Progress Since Having His Ankle Fused

Jonathan Vigil has offered an update on his recovery progress since having his ankle fused in September. You can read what he had to say in the below Instagram post. The surgery was related to The Ghost Inside’s horrible November 2015 bus crash, which also left Vigil with a brain injury, a fractured neck, two broken ankles, a broken tooth and various cuts and abrasions. Other members are still recovering from significant injuries as well.

Although I tend to complain about the speed of it, progress is progress. I decided to go through with a (very dreaded) ankle fusion in September. After spending two years in/on wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes, I decided that I couldn’t live with the pain anymore. The benefit being a more solid joint with significantly reduced pain. The downside is a complete loss of movement in my ankle. Coming from being fairly active (playing shows, hockey, etc.) it was a very hard reality to accept. In my heart of hearts, I knew things were never gonna be the same again but that didn’t stop me from always wanting to believe otherwise —- You may read that as me being pessimistic but it’s actually the opposite. Things aren’t how they were anymore, they’re just different. It’s the fact that I can get around easier now with less pain. It’s me not having to rely on others to do basic things anymore. It’s me regaining self sufficiency. It’s waking up everyday a little bit better than the day before. It’s beginning to live my life again, not necessarily worse, just different —- And at a time when it felt like it was going to be terrible forever, I progressed. Strides were made. Every day. Some days more than others, some more noteworthy than others but strides nonetheless. Today I progressed. My doctor told me that my boot can come off and I can start physical therapy to learn how to walk again. With no more pending surgeries or hospital stays planned, I can’t help but be happy —- Progress is slow. Progress is tough. Progress is frustrating. But after everything, progress is still progress

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