American Nightmare Reunites in Orange County

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Tomorrow night, Boston hardcore legends American Nightmare are getting back together to play two back-to-back shows for a sold out crowd. These two dates were specifically chosen at Orange County's legendary DIY sauna/music venue Chain Reaction.

The band's breakup in 2004 was sudden, and, unlike their music, cold and emotionless. They cancelled a tour, issued a small statement and that was it. "We've always done what we want to do. We started a band because we wanted to. We stopped playing because we wanted to. And now we want to again," says Wesley Eisold, vocalist for the band. American Nightmare's vivid imagery and borderline post-hardcore sound shaped the shrinking millennial hardcore scene and left a void that no band really seemed to replace.

Lyrically, Eisold captivated audiences on an emotional level. While not groundbreaking in the emo heyday in the early 2000's, this had really never been done in hardcore previously. With the band only putting out two full-length albums, fans always clung to Eisold's words. In 2007, three years after the breakup, American Nightmare filed a lawsuit against FM rockers Fall Out Boy who they accused of stealing their lyrics. The suit was settled out of court.

The band goes by two names: American Nightmare and sometimes Give Up The Ghost. The shows at Chain Reaction were announced using a flyer with the band's Give Up The Ghost logo, but no name. However on past reunion shows the band has been called either of the two names. "We never really know. We just show up and someone calls us something. " says Eisold.

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