I Am Ghost was an American band from Long Beach, California, conceived of and founded by Steven Juliano in 2004. They were signed to Epitaph Records from 2005 to 2010, before splitting up in July 2010.
Singer and graphic artist Steve Juliano utilized his knowledge of MySpace to attract prospective members to I Am Ghost. Juliano formed a band that included lead guitarist Timoteo Rosales III; rhythm guitarist Gabe Iraheta; violinist Kerith Telestai and her husband, bassist Brian Telestai, and Drummer Victor Angel Camarena. Victor was let go from the band due to creative differences with Steven Juliano concerning the direction of the band. He was replaced by Ryan Seaman, who now plays drums for Falling In Reverse.
The band recorded a demo EP for Epitaph Records, entitled We Are Always Searching. Epitaph issued the band's first full length album Lovers' Requiem on October 10, 2006. Juliano explains, "It's essentially a rock opera but for hardcore or Goth kids."
I Am Ghost toured with Biffy Clyro, TheAUDITION and The Bronx on the Kerrang! Tour 2007, the Epitaph Tour 2007 with Escape the Fate, The Matches, and The Higher, the Take Action Tour in 2006, and played on Warped Tour 2006 and Warped Tour 2007.
Band violinist Kerith Telestai released an official statement on June 29, 2007, stating that she would be unable to continue touring and would be leaving I Am Ghost due to health reasons after being hospitalized in both Spokane, WA and Denver, CO on their tour with The Chariot. A few days after Kerith's departure, her husband, Brian Telestai, announced that he too would be leaving the band after the 2007 Warped Tour and their tour with Aiden.
According to Juliano, there was a conflict among the remaining members of I Am Ghost and the Telestais, concerning the direction of I Am Ghost. Juliano believes that this conflict was the true reason for the departure of both Kerith and Brian. The remaining members of the band explained that the Telestais were such devoted Christians, that they would describe I Am Ghost as a Christian rock band during interviews. Juliano went on to say that Kerith would edit song lyrics, and insist the band never swear. At one point she cried in a tour van for almost 30 minutes, after Juliano used the word "fuck" on stage.
During the 2007 Warped Tour, bassist/vocalist Ron Ficarro was invited to join the band and replace Brian Telestai.
The band's second full length release, Those We Leave Behind, was released on October 7, 2008. I Am Ghost has toured Europe and the United States in support of the album, most recently supporting Toronto, Canada's dark rock favorites, The Birthday Massacre.
On July 17, 2010, Juliano announced the band's break-up. According to him, the band had matured and grown up.
Steven Juliano -- lead vocals, synthesizers (2004-2010),
Tim Rosales III -- lead guitar (2004-2010),
Chad Kulengosky -- rhythm guitar, vocals (2007-2010),
Justin McCarthy -- drums, percussion (2007-2010),
Ron Ficarro -- bass, vocals (2007-2010),
Brian Telestai -- bass, keys, piano, vocals, choral & orchestral composition (2004-2007),
Kerith Telestai -- vocals, violin, choral & orchestral composition (2004-2007),
Victor Angel Camarena -- drums (2004-2005),
Ryan Seaman -- drums (2005-2007),
Gabe Iraheta -- rhythm guitar, programming (2004-2007)