Last Thursday, I took the very difficult decision of leaving my band Echofire. Echofire is the follow-on project from Suicide By Cop and so line-up changes aside, I had been a part of that unit of people for over 7 years. In truth, I had not been happy for some time. The progress was in fits and starts and although I very much enjoyed the music, there was hardly ever any momentum. In the last three years, the band played just 5 gigs and managed to write 5 complete songs. We had overcome a considerable number of hurdles but in the end, I just ended up feeling more and more despondent. After a recent particularly trying phase, something inside me simply said “Enough”. It wasn’t fair on anybody and had I stuck around, I fear that resentment would have set in. Being part of a band is sometimes a struggle but ultimately it is something which is to be enjoyed and if that stops happening, then it is time to take a look at the situation. The band as it stood simply wasn’t working for me and in reality had not been for a while. It was a heartbreaking decision. As anyone who is in a band will testify, the bond you have with the people with which you play runs deep and is very much like being in a relationship in many ways. In the few days which have elapsed since, I have grown more sure that I have done the right thing for everyone involved.
I would like to say to my former bandmates that you guys are some of the best friends I have ever had. As far as I am concerned that will never change and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I would like to wish you the very best of luck with whatever you continue to do and I am sure I will end up working with many of you in future projects.
As for me, well I still have Dawn of Elysium of course and I will probably be looking at starting another band in the near future. With whom and what style remains to be seen.