American Nightmare

Members of American Nightmare: Brian Masek, Jarrod Alexander, Jesse Standhard, Matt Woods, Tim Cossar, Wes Eisold, Zachary Wilson

Discography of American Nightmare:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Background Music 11 Audio 2001 Equal Vision Records
2 Black On Black: A Tribute To Black Flag - Volume Three 3 Audio 2002 Initial Records
3 4 Song Demo 4 Audio 1999 Malfunction Records
4 The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter 5 Audio 2001-03-18 Bridge Nine Records
5 Background Music 11 Audio 2001-06-12 Equal Vision Records
6 4 Song Demo 4 Audio 1999 Malfunction Records
7 American Nightmare 7 Audio 2000 Bridge Nine Records
8 American Nightmare 6 Audio 2000 Bridge Nine Records
9 American Nightmare 6 Audio 2000 Bridge Nine Records
10 4 Song Demo 4 Audio 1999 Malfunction Records
11 American Nightmare 6 Audio 2000 Bridge Nine Records
12 American Nightmare 6 Audio 2000 Bridge Nine Records
13 Background Music 11 Audio 2001-06-12 Equal Vision Records
14 4 Song Demo 4 Audio 1999 Malfunction Records
15 4 Song Demo 4 Audio 1999 Malfunction Records
16 American Nightmare 6 Audio 2000 Bridge Nine Records
17 The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter 5 Audio 2001-03-18 Bridge Nine Records
18 The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter 5 Audio 2001-03-18 Bridge Nine Records
19 The Sun Isn't Getting Any Brighter 5 Audio 2001-03-18 Bridge Nine Records


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 threatened to press charges again, 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, displayed the band experimenting with their sound, with longer songs that didn't follow the typical hardcore songwriting formula 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. The band issued 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.

After seven years of disbandment, Give Up the Ghost played two reunion shows in December 2011.


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