Paul McGuire, guitarist for Scottish death metal band Cerebral Bore, has broken the band’s silence in the sudden, unexpected departure of Simone “Som” Pluijmers.
She has been temporarily replaced by Shawn Whitaker.
Why did she leave? “I don’t know… I haven’t spoken to her,” says Paul. “She didn’t phone the band or anything, didn’t turn up at the airport, hasn’t been in touch with anybody since, so that’s where we are. We’ll wait until we get home.”
Paul says the situation is terrible for the band now.
“I had to borrow a few thousand pounds to pay for our flights, including Som’s, and she let me book the flight, and didn’t take it,” says Paul. “I’m a thousand bucks out of pocket, and that’s the start of things. That’s the main issue — we were really struggling to get money for our flights and I managed to get the money and that happened, not to mention all the merchandise we had printed and all the shows that we had lined up.
“If we had pulled out, they would have had to re-contract the whole tour. So you can understand why we were upset for someone to pull out at the last minute. That would have put us in a hole, but I said no matter what, we’re going to do the tour; we need to honor our commitments. I just wish she had done the same. It’s cool if she wants to leave the band, but not talking to anyone… I thought it was a really unprofessional way to go about doing [things]. I can live with it; people not wanting to be in the band, but to not talk about it… I gave her plenty of opportunities to talk things over. I did that, but all she did was ignore me, then all this unfolded. It was literally 24 hours before we left.”
Som left right before the band’s current tour, and the band saw her departure coming.
“We could tell because she was acting weird, then she disappeared. At the end of the day, we need to keep pushing forward. We’ve been a band a lot longer before we gave Som the opportunity that we gave her. And we will continue to be a band after. A lot of people can’t get over a member leaving the band, but that will pass. The thing is, we were friends and I still think we are. Nothing has happened between us as far as I can see to make all that crap happen, so maybe we can get back in touch and not read whatever has been written so horribly. Online, I’ve totally ignored the situation for an entire week, but it would have been so costly just to go home. It’s tough trying to keep my head down and keep going. People think they know the whole stories, but there’s two sides. All we said was Som didn’t want to do the tour. That’s all we said. We haven’t said anything about the story and what’s going on, but [people] keep judging us offhand because they think they know the situation. We are the ones that here and are the ones in the States, doing it.”
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