Ex-The Ghost Inside Bassist Jim Riley On Past Racial Slur Usage: “I Have Fundamentally Changed The Way That I Think About Things Regarding Race Since Then”

As previously reported, The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley recently got fired from the band after Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson called him out for using the n-word while referring to a tour bus driver a number of years ago. Now, Riley has addressed the situation further claiming that he has “fundamentally changed the way that [he] think[s] about things regarding race since then”

Riley said the following during a chat with Voodoo Witch Brocktor:

“I admittedly have been reckless with that word in the past, and I don’t mean to diminish it—I don’t want to try to downplay it, I’m doing my best to be here own it in every way that I can. Looking back today is a person that I think is dramatically different than the person I was in in 2013, or ’14 or 2015—even when I offered that first apology to Rashod, when we spoke on the phone.

He called me out on this in 2015. I reached out to him immediately, we spoke on the phone. I owned it that day. I said I have used this word before. And I apologized and he told me it wasn’t enough and that really shook me. I know people are gonna say that’s bullshit or whatever, but that incident changed my mindset. I have fundamentally changed the way that I think about things regarding race since then.”

He continued:

“…I have to do what I can to make amends for it. Some people will forgive and some people will never forgive me. And I’ve gotta own that. And I’ve gotta own all the consequences that come with that. The damage I’ve done to the reputation of the band can’t be undone.”

He also added the following about Jackson getting called out for using homophobic slurs:

“I don’t want to wade into the shit on social media, It’s so unproductive. Seeing Rashod get dragged through the mud for his shit makes me sick to my stomach.”

“…What I know from our mutual friends, he’s [Rashod Jackson] a great dude. I know he’s active in his community. His character and being called out by him is one of the reasons is why I took that so seriously. I know that he is a good person. And here I am, if I’m gonna ask for the ability grow, Rashod has to be granted that same ability to grow.

And I’m not a gay person—that’s not my fight to be in. But for anyone to say that Rashod can’t have an opinion about this because of what he has said in the past is totally invalid—that’s not how this shit works. He is a black man, he’s speaking out about injustice in the black community and that’s his right.”

He went on to discuss how he plans to move forward:

“I don’t get to demand forgiveness. I can offer an apology, I can try to change. I can try to grow. I can try to be an ally. But it’s not ever going to be enough for some people and I have to accept that and I gotta wear that and I gotta own it.”

Riley also commented on The Ghost Inside’s benefit shirt for the NAACP, which led to Jackson calling him out:

“I felt—and I was the driving force behind putting that shirt up—that in this moment our band, because of what we’ve been through—because of all this… because of our position in the world—that we were going to get a lot of media attention from a lot of places that other bands that we’re adjacent to don’t reach.

And that it was our obligation to take the message into those spaces. And that rather than put up a t-shirt that was gonna make us money the day before this record comes out, I made the point that we should participate in what’s going on and make a statement and put this shirt up, and try to raise a whole bunch of money to help what’s going on.

And I know that it looks like a PR move… All I can tell you is the band didn’t need help marketing, that’s not what it was about. The album was coming out and it was going to be well-received regardless.”

[via The PRP]

The Ghost Inside Part Ways With Bassist Jim Riley Over Past Racial Slur

The Ghost Inside have parted ways with bassist Jim Riley. This news comes after Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson recently called out Riley for using a racial slur while referring to a bus driver a number of years ago.

The Ghost Inside issued the following statement:

“The Ghost Inside was born from a scene of forward thinking, understanding and progressiveness. Our music and message has always been one of hope and finding that light at the end of the tunnel. Racism and bigotry of any kind stifle that journey towards the light. It closes and lock doors that need to be broken open

We have decided to part ways with bassist Jim Riley. While we didn’t hear these words spoken directly from his mouth, we did hear mutterings of the incident. At the time we thought this to just be a rumor, but it offended and hurt a community. A community we are meant to bring together.

We should’ve spoken up back then but we didn’t, we should’ve dug deeper. We acknowledge that we were silent. We are self educating and growing and learning as individuals. We are here to say that we as a band fully condemn racism and support the black community in the fight against system racism.”

Bracewar’s Rashod Jackson Calls Out The Ghost Inside’s Jim Riley For Past Racial Slur

Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson has blasted The Ghost Inside bassist Jim Riley for using a racial slur while referring to a tour bus driver a number of years ago. Jackson felt compelled to call out Riley after The Ghost Inside released a new shirt to raise money for the NAACP:

Terror guitarist Martin Stewart also chimed in:

Jackson continued:

Riley eventually apologized:

Jackson then responded:

Stewart has since commented again as well:

UPDATE: Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett also commented before Riley issued his apology:

Jackson has also since been called out for using homophobic slurs:

The Ghost Inside Reschedule London, UK & Worcester, MA Shows

The Ghost Inside have postponed their London, England and Worcester, MA concerts due to the coronavirus pandemic. The band’s show at the O2 Brixton Academy in London, England will now take place on July 3, 2021 and their show at The Palladium in Worcester, MA with Wage War, Stray From The Path, and Great American Ghost will now take place on July 10, 2021.

The Ghost Inside Premiere New Song “Pressure Point”

The Ghost Inside have premiered a new song titled “Pressure Point.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on June 5. That effort will be the group’s first since their horrific 2015 bus crash.

Bassist Jim Riley commented:

“Almost all TGI songs take the listener on a journey from dark to light or from despair to hope, On this record we made a conscious effort to let individual songs explore different emotions we’ve been experiencing and not force them to have a positive turn. We feel like the album as a whole will give you that hopeful feeling, even though a song like ‘Pressure Point; might not do that by itself. Instead we embraced being pissed off and let it pour out through some of the most aggressive and pointed lyrics we’ve ever had. We try to avoid cursing in our songs but sometimes you’re just so fed up that nothing less than a big loud fuck will get the job done.“

The Ghost Inside Premiere “Aftermath” Video, Reveal Details For New Album

The Ghost Inside have premiered a new video for their new song “Aftermath.” This track is from the band’s new self-titled album, which will be released on June 5. The effort will be the group’s first since their horrific 2015 bus crash.

Jim Riley commented:

“We went into the writing process knowing full well that every song and every lyric would be influenced by what we’ve been through, but we tried our best for them to be relatable to everyone. With ‘Aftermath‘ we let it be much more personal – this one is us telling OUR story.

So when it was time to choose a first song to share with the world, it felt right for it to be ‘Aftermath‘. It allows anyone that listens into our world, but it also lets us put final punctuation on that chapter of our lives. ‘Aftermath‘ is a total catharsis for us.

We let it all out in the song so that it’s not bottled up inside us anymore and we can heal and move on, since after all, the beat goes on.”

Track Listing:

01. “1333”
02. “Still Alive”
03. “The Outcast”
04. “Pressure Point”
05. “Overexposure”
06. “Make Or Break”
07. “Unseen”
08. “One Choice”
09. “Phoenix Rise”
10. “Begin Again”
11. “Aftermath”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

The Ghost Inside Finish New Album, Announce Worcester, MA Show

The Ghost Inside have officially finished their new album. The record will be the band’s first since their horrific November 2015 bus crash. In other news, the band have also announced that they will be performing at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on July 11.

Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk said the following about the group’s new album on Stray From The Path drummer Craig Reynolds‘ “The Downbeat Podcast” [transcribed by Kerrang!]:

“Back in January of last year I turned one of my bedrooms into a little studio, and the guys came out and we just started writing it. So when we got hold of Will [Putney, producer] to tell him we were interested in him producing the record, we also had Jeremy [McKinnon] from A Day To Remember on board, which we’ve had on the last two records.

How it worked was, we first initially met up in Orlando at Jeremy’s studio and Andrew Wade’s studio to do these pre-pro demos. And that was in May of last year. So he came there, and we all flew to Florida, and we spent two or three weeks in Orlando. And then we took a little break because we had our comeback show to do in July, so we took a little break to prepare for that, and then went back to good old Belleville, New Jersey to finish and track the record.”

He also added:

“I don’t think we’ve quite settled on a name [for the album] yet – but the record is done, and literally as of last night we are listening to the mix, and all this stuff. So it’s super-exciting.”

Here’s The Ghost Inside’s current dates:

06/26 Gräfenhainichen, GER – Full Force Festival
07/04 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
07/11 Worcester, MA – The Palladium (outdoors)

The Ghost Inside Plan To Release New Music Before Their 2020 Europe/UK Shows

During a recent interview with Kerrang!, The Ghost Inside’s Jim Riley was asked if fans can expect to hear new music from the band before their two European/UK shows next year. He responded by simply saying “yes.”

Riley also had the following to say about the band’s new album process:

“The biggest difference is the emphasis on collaboration. This is the first record without [former lead guitarist and co-founder] Aaron Brooks, and first with Chris Davis. Aaron was the main guy to put the ideas together before, and we’re doing it much more as a group on this one. There’s also a freedom now to explore the TGI sound in any way we want. We are so far removed – almost six years – from the ‘Dear Youth‘ process, and the band has grown so much as individuals and as a collective that we bring a lot of new things to the table.”

He also added the following about working with Fit For An Autopsy’s Will Putney and A Day To Remember’s Jeremy McKinnon:

“Will was our first choice producer for this project, and we always wanted to have Jeremy involved as well. We are very lucky that we don’t have a deadline and have been able to work around their schedules. Epitaph have been incredibly supportive on this as well, understanding that making the record was going to be a little non-traditional, but if the results are as good as we are hoping it will all have been worth it.”

Tour Dates:

01/11 Tarwin Lower, AUS – UNIFY Gathering
06/26 Gräfenhainichen, GER – Full Force Festival
07/04 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton

The Ghost Inside Premiere “Mercy” Live Video

The Ghost Inside have premiered a new live video for “Mercy.” The clip was filmed during the band’s July 13 show at The Shrine in Los Angeles, CA. That concert was the group’s first since their horrific bush crash, which happened four years ago today (November 19).

The Ghost Inside commented:

“In TGI world, we have come to call November 19 our re-birthday. Today we celebrate by sharing a live music video of “Mercy” from our show this summer in Los Angeles. We want to honor the drivers Greg and Stephen that lost their lives, and say thank you to all of our loved ones for their unconditional support.

To every single person that supports this band in any way, there are really no words to describe how you make us feel. Every kind word, donation, tattoo, comment, or even just a listen to a song, has carried us from the lowest moment of our lives through to today. We owe you a debt that can never be repaid, but we will try our best to make you proud. Together, all of us, we are limitless and unbreakable. See you in 2020.”

The Ghost Inside Announce London, England Show

The Ghost Inside have announced that they will be performing at O2 Brixton Academy in London, England on July 4. Here’s their updated schedule:

01/11 Tarwin Lower, AUS – UNIFY Gathering
06/26 Grafenhainichen, GER – Full Force Festival
07/04 London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy