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AMERICAN NIGHTMARE announce new record; premiere new track!

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Boston, Massachusetts’ melodic hardcore punks AMERICAN NIGHTMARE (GIVE UP THE GHOST) have premiered a new track called “The World Is Blue”, coming from their newly announced self-titled record, their first new album in 15 years, available for pre-order now via Rise Recors / Deathwish Inc.

The band’s current line-up features founding vocalist Wesley Eisold (COLD CAVE), bassist Josh Holden, guitarist Brian Masek, and drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera. Their last record We’re Down Til We’re Underground was released in 2003, and the new record will hit the streets in February 2018.

Being released on Friday, February 16, AMERICAN NIGHTMARE represents the band’s rise from the ashes, expanding their legacy and reestablishing the band as titans of the genre in the process. The enigmatic act may have only released two full-length albums since forming nearly two decades ago but after temporarily losing their name, changing members and breaking up, the band has returned with a dark hardcore record that pays homage to groups who have always influenced its sound ranging from Negative Approach, SSD, and The Cro-Mags to those extending beyond the realm of hardcore such as Joy Division and Siouxsie And The Banshees.


Recorded in Boston, MA at Mystic Valley Recording Studio by drummer Alex Garcia-Rivera, American Nightmare features vocalist Wes Eishold, bassist Josh Holden, guitarist Brian Masek and Garcia-Rivera who were all part of the last original lineup of the band that disbanded in 2004 (and somehow American Nightmare even got their highly prized band name back after temporarily changing their name to Give Up The Ghost). The album also signifies the first truly collaborative record the band has written with all members contributing to its creation. Adhering to a writing process inspired by the Smiths yet evokes Black Flag, and is dripping with the angst-driven nihilism that has defined the act since their inception, the album is the result Eisold feels represents the true essence of the band.

“In making this record we had one goal: To make a hardcore punk album that was true to American Nightmare, who we were then and who we are now,” he says. “No filler, just existential poetic venom. This is ground zero, a new life for the band.”

For every pit-worthy ripper like “Lower Than Life,” there’s a more meditative yet equally explosive song like “Dream,” and that distinctive dichotomy is something that American Nightmare had always hoped to achieve in its own bleak way that truly transcends hardcore. “

Thematically this album is a response to the old lyrics, a reassurance of all of the uncertainties and existential fears,” Eisold explains if titles like “Flowers Under Siege” and “Crisis Of Faith” weren’t telling enough. “I still struggle daily with whatever lasting depression I unfortunately inhabit in my head; it’s deep-rooted and I needed to get this out in this form.”

Despite his success with acts like Cold Cave and Some Girls, there is a reason why American Nightmare will always have a special place in Eisold’s heart and you can feel that while listening to the album.

“This is a new start, it really is. We are now in the band we always wanted American Nightmare to be with the lineup, the songs, and the name back,” he summarizes. “It feels full circle in the sound of the music referenced earlier, but it also feels complete in that we took the reigns of the band and its past and made a new American Nightmare album … and now we are ready to move forward with it.”

“The World Is Blue” Lyrics:

still on the cross
I am waiting
at crossroads
deciding to stay
from a nowhere town
to the center of the world
this all could collapse in a day

hell is hot but I’m keeping cool
the fire of youth
burns in a world that’s blue
and if a bridge don’t
support our weight
first we cross it
then we burn it down

knives out
in the fucking shadows
thieves seem to seize all my days
and those who claim loyal to the grave
will be the first to die alone

hell is hot but I’m keeping cool
the fire of youth
burns in a world that’s blue
and if a bridge don’t
support our weight
first we cross it
then we burn it down


I see the sun shining down on me

we’ve lived our whole lives
on one road
now we are here
now we are nowhere

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