Children Collide announce the departure of drummer Ryan Caesar...
As revealed over the past few weeks, Children Collide have recently completed their third album ‘Monument’. Recorded at Melbourne’s Red Door Sounds with Paul ‘Woody’ Annison, the album will be released on April 20.
All three members of Children Collide poured their heart, souls and creative spirit into the creation of Monument, and it is a work that they are immensely proud of. They proudly proclaim it is their truest and best work to date. In the face of all of this, with a heavy heart the band announce the departure of Ryan Caesar in a mutual decision made this week. Caesar has played with the band since early 2007, the fourth drummer since Children Collide’s inception in 2004.
This announcement could be a vessel to spout various lines about “creative differences”, however that wouldn’t really be in the spirit of Children Collide. So, to be honest and forthright: the relationship between band members Ryan and Johnny has over the years disintegrated. Their fine body of work and energetic live synergy is a testament to their musical and creative connection, but it’s come to a point where touring as a unit is no longer pleasant. And that is that. This statement will, however be used to assure Children Collide’s devoted listeners that Ryan’s departure does not spell the end of the band. Johnny and Heath will continue to tour and record, and all Spinal Tap jokes aside, the future of who will take up the sticks as drummer #5 remains unwritten.
Ryan said of his departure:
It saddens me deeply to announce this unfortunate news. My relationships with my dear friend Heath Crawley, everyone at Crucial Music and all others involved with the band have been of foremost importance to me and have been the catalyst for the significant endurance that both I and I'm sure John have shown towards each other for these past few years.
With those close friendships in mind it is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure from Children Collide at the conclusion of this next tour. The band can not function as it should, or continue forward at all with the current tensions, and the situation - looked at from any perspective, can only be resolved by my leaving. I thank each and every person who has supported us thus far and those who have worked so hard for us. I'm eternally sorry that there was not more to give. I love you all. Ryan.
In a fitting farewell to Ryan, he will join the band on the imminent Sword to a Gunfight single tour, which launches into action all over the country through March and April. This will be audience’s last chance to see the trio with Ryan behind the kit, and the only chance for fans to see Ryan play songs from the new album live. Tickets are on sale now and the band implores the public to join them for this farewell.
In their current incarnation, Children Collide have traversed several continents, three albums, over ten headline tours and a great many more memorable moments. For now, as Children Collide are accustomed to doing, it is time to look ahead. The band look forward to a new album, a forthcoming tour and more thrilling new prospects in the wake of their impressive new record; Monument.
Click here to see Johnny, Ryan and Heath discussing the making of ‘Monument’.
SWORD TO A GUNFIGHT TOUR
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 & the usual outlets
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FRIDAY MARCH 09 - Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
SATURDAY MARCH 10 - Pelly Bar, Frankston, VIC
SUNDAY MARCH 11 - Breath of Life, Launceston, TAS
THURSDAY MARCH 15 - Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
FRIDAY MARCH 16 - Elsewhere Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
SATURDAY MARCH 17 - The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
WEDNESDAY MARCH 21 - The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
THURSDAY MARCH 22 - The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
FRIDAY MARCH 23 - The Patch, Wollongong, NSW
SATURDAY MARCH 24 - The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
THURSDAY MARCH 29 - The Gov, Adelaide, SA
FRIDAY MARCH 30 - Capitol, Perth, WA
SATURDAY MARCH 31 - Players Bar, Mandurah, WA
SUNDAY APRIL 01 - Mojos, Fremantle, WA
THURSDAY APRIL 12 - Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
FRIDAY APRIL 13 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
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