In 1994 Jonah Krieser and Jamie Deal, along with drummer Chris McBennet, began playing together under the moniker PILLAR. Throughout the late nineties, the trio of young teenagers played locally in their hometown of Regina, SK as well as at a number of festivals including NXNE, CMW and MOLSON DV8. In 2001, with strong local support and positive feedback for this band of youngsters, PILLAR independently released their debut album, Everyone is as Terrified as You Are. The album featured a burst of 10 post-hardcore tracks that bulleted along with unbridled fury and energy. In preparation for the extensive touring the band was about to embark on, the band brought second guitarist Stacey Hahn on board to round out their live sound.
With a new lineup and a re-invigoration, the band began touring nationally under the new name of GHOSTS OF MODERN MAN, and from 2002 to 2003 they managed to play over 200 shows across Canada. This incredible touring schedule assisted them in selling out of the first pressing of the 2000 copies of their debut release. As part of their development into GHOSTS OF MODERN MAN, they chose not to re-press their first release but to instead wait until they could return to the studio with their new songs.
In July of 2004, drummer Chris McBennet left the band and was replaced by Tristan Helgason. Tristan was a veteran of the Regina music scene and had played with nationally recognized bands such as Filmmaker and 400 Strong. With Tristan in the lineup, the intensity of Ghosts of Modern Man took an upward turn. Schooled in punk rock, Tristan added a powerful base upon which the songs of GHOSTS OF MODERN MAN found inspiration and took a brilliant new direction. They had found the final piece to complete the lineup.
Influenced by such diverse bands as PJ Harvey, Hot Snakes, Radio Head, Gang Of Four and Fugazi, GHOSTS OF MODERN MAN are making music that is inspired, honest and direct. Their live show generates an energy that rivals some of the best bands in this genre. As Chris Nelson from Much Music stated: "They are the best of Sparta meets the best of Mars Volta."