I Am Ghost

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I Am Ghost
Origin Long Beach, California
Genres Post-hardcore,[1] gothic rock,[2] emo[3]
Years active 2004–2010
Labels Epitaph Records
Associated acts Falling in Reverse, Requiem
Website www.iamghostmusic.com
Members Steven Juliano
Tim Rosales III
Ron Ficarro
Justin McCarthy
Chad Kulengosky
Past members Brian Telestai
Kerith Telestai
Ryan Seaman
Gabriel Iraheta
Victor Angel Camarena

I Am Ghost was an American post-hardcore 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.[4]


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 prior to signing with Epitaph after a label showcase due to skipping an entire verse of a song. The band as a whole asked Camarena repeatedly to take more time outside of rehearsals practicing the songs. He was replaced by Ryan Seaman, who now plays drums for Falling In Reverse.

After signing, the band's self recorded and self released EP entitled We Are Always Searching was remastered and re-released by the label. 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."[5]

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.[6]

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.[7]



Studio albums
Live albums
  • Live in Orange County (2009)


  • "Civil War and Isolation Thirst" (2005)
  • "Our Friend Lazarus Sleeps" (2006)
  • "Saddest Story Never Told" (2009)

Post band[edit]

As of September 2010, Steve Juliano (vocals) formed a new band "Requiem for the Dead". The band released its debut album, "Always and Forever" September 2, 2011. [8] In 2014 Steve Juliano announced on his Facebook page that the band's name would be shortened to "Requiem".

As of April 20, 2011, Tim Rosales (guitar) formed a group called "GHZT:DGTL", which consists of collaborations with artists he met around the world. He is also currently Producing multiple artists and photography As of December 2011, founding member Victor Angel Camarena (drums) plays for the djent band Emissary. The EP entitled "Sentinels" will be available early 2012.[9]

As of May 2010, Ryan Seaman (drums) is playing drums for Falling In Reverse as a permanent member.[10]

On January 15, 2012, Ron Ficarro (bass) is playing bass for Falling In Reverse, after the departure of their previous bassist Mika Horiuchi.[11]

As of August 2013, Kerith Telestai is teaching 5th grade in the Meridian, Idaho school district. Brian & Kerith Telestai founded Idaho Rising Stars Performing Arts Camps in 2010 to teach kids the basics of singing, acting, and dancing. [12]


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