Periphery To Record Album, Part Ways with Singer, and Seek Replacement
Maryland based progressive metal band, Periphery, have issued the following update regarding their new album and the loss of their singer on their MySpace page:
"We have some good and bad news for all of you, first the good news: "
"WE ARE RECORDING AN ALBUM!!"
"We will be recording it ourselves and it will have 13 tracks which are (in no particular order):
Not Enough Mana
All New Materials
Ow my feelings
"We are aiming to have the album recorded by the end of the summer at the latest so that we can have a Fall or Winter 08 release! And we will be keeping you updated on the progress!"
"Now for the bad news:"
"Casey will unfortunately no longer be singing for Periphery, don't worry things are still on good terms with him and he will be working with us to help find a replacement and audition them, but here is his statement to clear everything up:"
"I hate to disappoint anyone or incite a temporal period of "civilian unrest," but this situation is no longer one in which I am happy musically. I have loved metal my whole life, but I just want to be a pop songwriter for hire...that's where my heart is. I want to write pop songs and sell them to popular artists/bands/singers. Recently I've been presented with several opportunities to lead me down the path of success in that industry, and I've chosen to take them. I've always wanted this, so I am leaving Periphery. There is no way for me to pursue both at once, because they each require a full time commitment. I would like to emphasize that this decision of mine has created neither anger nor hostility within any of the band members; we will remain the best of friends without a single trace of awkwardness existing between us. I will even be helping the band seek out and determine who their next singer will be. Also, we plan to work on side projects together in the near future! So I wish them the best, and I hope that those of you who enjoyed my musical contribution to the band will continue to take an interest in my output (of which there will be much)."
"We are sad to see him go, but we fully understand his motivations and we need a singer who is 100% dedicated to the band at all times."
"With all of that said we are currently AUDITIONING FOR A NEW SINGER! "
"We are looking for a hardworking dedicated singer who is eager to tour for most of the year and join a professional full time band. Stylistically we are looking for someone who has a similar voice to Casey: a consistent, clear and powerful singing voice and an articulate midrange scream. We are not looking for death growls nor "screamo" type screams, but if you feel you have a unique voice that would enhance the sound of the band please be sure to audition, and keep in mind that we are looking for on average a good balance of screaming and singing."
"Here is the audition process:"
"Step 1: Contact us through myspace and/or at thisfilter (at) gmail (dot) com and we will send you your choice of either Icarus Lives or Inertia without vocals. Then learn and record Casey's version of the song as best as you can whilst showcasing your voice. If you find parts of the song to be out of your range, then please get creative and show off the range of your voice that sounds best! But ultimately this part of the process is to see that you can perform vocals in that style, so please do not use Autotune or other various Time and Pitch correction tools to 'fix' your voice."
"Step 2: If we like your primary audition, we will ask you to do your own version of either Letter Experiment or The Walk (we will give you the appropriate files) so that we can see how you work creatively with the material. Once again please do not use Pitch and Time correction tools on your vocals. As a general rule we are looking for a good creative mix of screaming and singing, but ultimately it comes down to what best fits the song/part."
"Step 3: If we like the secondary audition will then have you come to a practice so that we can meet and see your talents in person, as well as see if you "click" with the band. (as silly as that may sound, at the end of the day it really does matter!)"
"Step 4: The final test in the audition process will be to have you play a show with us and/or do a small tour with us so we can see that you can handle yourself in a live situation."
"Here are some general points to be aware of if you are interested in auditioning (please read carefully as these are very important):"
"We are a band that is trying to make a full time career out of this, we are currently talking to labels and we plan on moving forward with that once we have a singer. If you are interested, please keep in mind that Periphery will have to take priority over everything else, as the rest of us are treating it this way."
"We will be touring as much as possible once the lineup is complete, so be ready to be touring 9 months out of the year!"
"Prior on stage experience and/or tour experience is not required but is STRONGLY recommended, we want to make sure that you will know how to front a band and deliver a good performance, as we all practice very hard to make sure we do as well."
"Although its not necessary for you to relocate if you aren’t in the area, we will need you to attend regular practices, so if you can manage that from where you live then that is fine, if not we will do whatever we can to accommodate and help you move."
"Its not necessary that you have the ability to record your vocals yourself, but it will be very beneficial in the writing process, so please let us know if you are able (obviously if you can record yourself it will make auditioning a lot easier as well, but once again its not a requirement to audition!)"
"We aren’t looking for substance abusers of any kind, if its in moderation and you can keep your act together (no violent/crazy drunks please) then its not a problem at all, but we don’t tolerate the use hard drugs of any kind."
"Also keep in mind that currently, the first album is completely written and in the process of being rerecorded, so we will want you to write lyrics and melodies to pre-existing songs, after this album is done, there will naturally be a more collaborative effort, but just keep in mind that this album is ready and waiting for your vocals for us to be able to put it out!"
"If there are any other assets that you feel will benefit you and us, or any comments you would like to add please tell us! "
"Please don’t let this overly serious audition process scare you off, we are a bunch of silly dorks who like to make music and play their instruments a little too much haha, however right now we are ready to make some serious moves and we are aiming to use this audition to complete this line up once and for all!"
"So once again if you are interested in auditioning, please read the audition rules carefully and then contact us through our myspace or at thisfilter (at) gmail (dot) com to get the audition started! Don't be shy now, audition for us! And if you don't want to audition, then tell your friend to audition! (you know, that friend of yours who is a kick ass singer!)"
"As for us, we are going to be using this time to record the album and play instrumental shows so that we can keep our live chops up and stay productive! We will also be playing more and more new material live to keep things fresh for you guys, so please come out to the shows and support!"
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