Zebrahead Part Ways With Matty Lewis (Guitar / Vocals)

US punks Zebrahead have announced that they have parted ways with their guitarist and vocalist, Matty Lewis.

The band confirmed the departure in a statement posted via their social media platforms, which you can read in full below, though the reason for Matty Lewis stepping down hasn’t been shared.

“Hello Zebrahead Friends & Family,

We have been reading posts and getting tons of calls, emails and texts over the last several days from many of you after seeing Matty’s statement about leaving the band.

Here is the straight truth…

Matty sent a group text informing us that he left the band. For the past month, we have been processing this news and deciding what the future holds. After some reflection among the guys, we all feel the band means everything to us and agree that Zebrahead is bigger than any one member. There is this amazing community of friends and fans all over the world, way bigger than any of us could have ever imagined, that made it clear to us to continue.

Although we will miss Matty and wish him all the best, we look forward to this next chapter for Zebrahead. We are excited about creating new music and playing live shows again. Thank you all for love and support. We promise you’ll be hearing more from us real soon.

Hugs & Kisses – Ali, Ben, Ed, Dan”

Lewis joined the band in 2005 after performing in a band called Jank 1000 who toured alongside Zebrahead.

He has performed on the band’s last eight full-length albums, the latest being 2019’s ‘Brain Invaders’.

Real Friends Announce Frontman Dan Lambton Has Left The Band

After ten years with the band, founding member of Real Friends and vocalist Dan Lambton has announce that he has left the band.

He posted a short statement via Twitter, saying he will contine to write music with his other band, Rationale as well as thanking fans of Real Friends for their support.

Check out his statement below.

“For the sake of brevity, I’ll get straight to the point. We have mutually decided that it is best for Real Friends to continue on without me. Over time, this band has changed, evolved, and reached a place where our paths are diverging, leading us to this collective conclusion.

Moving forward, I will continue to write music with rationale., livestream on Twitch, and, at the moment, it is unclear whether or not I will be able to pursue music in a full-time capacity.

Either way, I am grateful to have experienced all of the opportunities presented to us as Real Friends. We have been able to do so many amazing things and share many intimate moments with so many incredible people. For that, I am grateful.

Thank you for everything.”

 

Real Friends have also posted a short statement, saying their decision to part ways is mutual and will continue to make music in Lambton’s absence.

You can read their statement below.

“To our fans and friends,

After 10 years together, we have mutually parted ways with Dan Lambton.

We have lived our dreams, toured the world, released three albums, and made countless memories together that we’ll never, ever forget.

What that future holds, we aren’t entirely sure of yet – but we are excited and optimistic. At the same time, we also wish our brother and friend Dan the best. He will continue writing with rationale., and live-streaming on Twitch.

This is not the end of Real Friends. We have simple turned the page to the next chapter.

Thank you for all your love and support.”

Pvris Part Ways With Justin Nace

Bad news from the Pvris camp recently as their long time drummer, Justin Nace who has been a part of the band for the last six years, have parted ways.

The announcement was made via Twitter in a short statement, where he thanked the band for the chance to work with them.

“After six years, my time drumming for PVRIS has come to an end,” Justin shared. “It’s been incredible traveling the world and playing shows with them. I’m so thankful to have met so many caring and supportive fans across so many continents. Thanks to PVRIS, and a massive thanks and love… to you guys for all the amazing support and love along the way. Made me feel at home, and that means the world to me. Looking forward to this year, and seeing what’s next on my musical journey.”

 

 

Travis Tabron (Varials) Announces He’s Leaving The Band

*Effective immediately he’s left the band!*

Departures on the horizon as Travis Tabron of Varials has announced his immediate departure from the band. He’s citing that it’s no longer good for his mental wellbeing as the main reason behind his leaving. On the other hand, he’s left the door open for more music in the future and has assured fans of the band that the future is positive for the band.

The following statement was posted to Twitter.

“Hi everyone,

I’m sorry to say, but about a week ago I made the decision to step down from being in Varials. Unfortunately it was one of those things where no matter how much I loved what I was doing it was just simply becoming toxic to my mental health and well-being not only on tour, but while at home as well and taking too much of a toll on my overall happiness as a result. However in the last five years I’ve made memories I’ll never forget and friendships that will never break so don’t think for a second I regret any of my time in Varials. Big thank you to all the fans for making my experience with this band so insanely badass, I love you all!!! Big thank yoy to Sean, Mike, Mitch, James. Big thank you to the (new) Fearless Records team. Big thank you to Carl & Brad, and literally every single person that ever supported me in any way/ shape/ form during my time in Varials.

This is not the end for me musically, and it’s not the end for Varials either! I’m going to be pursuing a lot more different sounds and projects (maybe heavy?) in the future after I can decompress from this situation fully. Varials actually have something dropping today too so stay tuned.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and try not to ask me too many questions because the wound is still pretty fresh for me. I love u guys.”

Varials also shared their own statement on Travis’ departure. You can read the statement below.

“Hello everyone,

An update on the band; Travis has decided to step down from being the vocalist of Varials. This band has become something that was no longer the best thing for him and his health and happiness. Absolutely no hard feelings, and we wish him the absolute best on all future endeavours. We’ve really done some crazy shit together and had some of the best experiences of our lives together. Memories we will never forget until the day we die and it truly wouldn’t have been the same without him.

Varials as a band has no means of stopping or slowing down. All current tours and things not announced yet are still happening and we hope to continue to get the support we have until this point.”

On the better news for the band, Varials have released a brand new music video for their video, ‘South Of One’ which also features Counterparts Brendan Murphy.

Check it out below.

Anthony Sepe Leaves Memphis May Fire

After five years with the band, Anthony Sepe has parted ways with Memphis May Fire.

The full statement from the band is below:

 

“We’d like to let you know that after heavy consideration, it’s come time for Memphis May Fire & guitarist Anthony Sepe to part ways. Although change is never easy, it was determined to be best at this time & we have no doubt that Anthony will continue on in his creative endeavours. We’d like to thank him for everything he gave to this band & encourage you all to follow him on his various social accounts moving forward. We’ll have further touring updates coming soon; but in the meantime, please everyone send Anthony your warmest regards. He’ll always be family.”

Sepe also posted a statement through both his and Instagram account. Read it below:

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Thank you all so much ❤

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Faultlines Part Ways With Vocalist

Leeds based band Faultlines have confirmed that they have parted ways with their vocalist, Christina Rotondo.

Here’s the full statement by the band regarding Rotondo’s departure:

“As you may or may not have heard, we have parted ways with our vocalist Christina. Things just weren’t working out within the band and we feel in order to continue doing what we love, it was a necessary decision to make.As much as this was a hard decision, we’re excited for the future and already have massive plans for 2017.
We’re extremely passionate about creating music and the progression of this band, so expect to be hearing lots from us very soon!
We wish Christina all the best in her future endeavors and you can still get your Christina fix over on her YouTube Channel!
Don’t ever let anything get in the way of what you’re passionate about and makes you happy.”

Rotondo posted a video to her Youtube channel a week prior to the release of this statement, stating that the band’s manager told her she was being let go.

Here’s a video on the matter from her personal Youtube video giving her side of the story:

She will be continuing with her YouTube channel, where she posts and shares covers of songs from bands bands, as well as original songs.

Faultlines debut EP, ‘All We’ve Ever Known’, is available now and can be purchased from their website.

 

Josh Balz leaves Motionless in White

Motionless in White have announced that Josh Balz (keyboards, backing vocals) is leaving the band after ten years.

The band stated: “As of today, we regret to announce that after 10 years of time spent with the band, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Josh Balz will be departing from Motionless In White.”

“After many discussions and time spent searching within himself over the past year, Josh has come upon many discoveries of who he now is as a person, and what is truly important to him regarding his future.”

Motionless in White are gearing up to release a new album; titled Graveyard Shift via Roadrunner Records. Fans were asked to submit designs for the artwork up until last month.

Band’s full Statement:

MIW fans,

As of today, we regret to announce that after 10 years of time spent with the band, through the highest of highs and lowest of lows, Josh Balz will be departing from Motionless In White.

After many discussions and time spent searching within himself over the past year, Josh has come upon many discoveries of who he now is as a person, and what is truly important to him regarding his future. We respect and whole heartedly understand his decision, and while we are sad to see him go, wish him nothing but great things in the future with his family and pursuing his new dreams and business endeavors. For more information from Josh directly, please visit his twitter @Joshbalz.

Regarding our touring schedule, we will be performing on the rapidly approaching “The End Is Here Tour” exactly as planned, now with a keyboardist to fill in. We will also be playing every show around the globe that we have announced thus far and continuing to tour strongly onward after what has previously been announced.

Regarding our new upcoming record, “Graveyard Shift”, everything is also still exactly as planned, and will be releasing this year on Roadrunner Records.

Thank you, Josh, for your years of dedication in helping MIW become something we only dreamt of being when the band started. It has truly been a pleasure to have shared the road with you and to have so many amazing stories and memories to look back on through it all. You will be missed.

– MIW

 

Balz’s Statement

Never did I think this day was going to come. It was 10 YEARS ago, a full decade, that I joined a group of friends who started a music project called Motionless in White. I was 16 years old and had the whole world ahead of me, and together with the guys we managed to explore a ton of it. It’s crazy how fast time goes, and how much I’ve learned and grown over the past 10 years. I will never regret anything that has happened, and will forever cherish so much of this journey, especially all of the people and the dedicated fans I got to connect with along the way, but with that being said it is time for me to depart from Motionless In White. This year a lot has changed in my life from The Strange and Unusual growing immensely, to MIW signing to a major label, and a million other things that altered my life for both good and bad. Ive learned so much, and now understand on a new level what it is like to really experience life struggles, what is really important to me, and in this discovery and self reflection I’ve found myself. I’ve always been the one to go out and talk to and hangout with fans, as all of you know… but this past year I was honestly just hanging on because I felt I would let everyone down if I left. Im finally ready to refocus my time to worry about myself, and what I really want, and what makes me happy. And in that, I understand that it is time to stop being a part of MIW. It’s funny how after all of these years, I feel MOST connected to our fans, and truly understand their struggles and connect with them more than ever. And with this realization, comes my exit. The bottom line is, you have to do what makes YOU happy. We all have one life to live, and we can’t live it for anyone else. I know this news may disappoint some fans, but this isn’t a bad thing. I’ve grown up with all of you, and this is just the next chapter for me!

I’m sure this will not be the the last you see of me in the music Industry, and you guys know where you can always find me! Keep staying strong and fearlessly following your dreams, wherever they may lead you. Thank you for the most amazing 10 years. Here’s to the next chapter!

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