Coheed and Cambria have announced the return of drummer Josh Eppard to the fold. Eppard rejoins the band following the departure of Chris Pennie, who jumped ship recently because he woke up from his coma and realized he was somehow in Coheed and Cambria.
The band issued a statement on Eppard’s return: “We didn’t originally plan to make a big splash about this, but when Chris made his announcement, we were ultimately compelled to. We didn’t want anyone to be concerned about the state of the band, and trying to keep things quiet was proving to be really tough. And besides, we’re just really excited and wanted to share that feeling with you.”
“Chris Pennie is a dear friend, a superb bandmate and one of the best drummers in the world. He brought a workmanship and sense of professionalism to Coheed that completely improved us as a band, and allowed us to reach new heights. He will always be a member of the Coheed family, and we ask you to support all his endeavors.
“As the songs for the new record began twisting into shape, it slowly became apparent that these songs were very dynamic, and could truly flourish with the groove-oriented approach that Josh naturally brings to the table,” Coheed continue. “We also missed Josh as a person — what he meant to us as friends and the energy and humor he exudes. But this isn’t about nostalgia; it’s about who we are now, and what we can achieve musically and as a family, together going forward.
“We understand there are risks involved bringing Josh back into the fray. Even with his two years of sobriety, this is a giant leap of faith on our part. But at the end of the day, we have all grown up, and we have all been through so much, that playing with Josh again is sort of like coming home. It’s comfortable, it’s familiar, it just feels right… it’s hand in glove.”
See, that’s fucked up. Why even mention the dude had a problem, or that he’s sober? And to call it a “giant leap of faith” is just weird, man. Am I wrong? I betcha dude has already relapsed because of that flip remark
Coheed and Cambria are in Applehead Studios with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner to start tracking their sixth studio album. Joy.
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