Daggermouth Singer Issues Update
As you may recall, in February Daggermouth went on a hiatus of sorts as singer Nick Leadlay left the group to seek treatment for anxiety and depression. Now, nearly six months later, Leadlay has issued a statement (which has been truncated) regarding what's transpired since:
"So what the hell happened? To be honest I don't even know. I have been battling with depression/anxiety for over 10 years as I'm sure some people knew just by listening to our records. For some reason I think the pressure of touring/running a band finally caught up to me on that Comeback Kid tour. My body decided it was time to slow down. I had been in and out of hospitals quite a few times in the months leading up to that tour and received basically zero help. Don't believe Michael Moore, the Canadian health care system isn't always perfect by any means. So it was only a matter of time really before this happened.
"I have since moved home [to Ottawa] and I am receiving tons of medical help as well as support from a circle of friends I've known for over 20 years. My family has also helped me stabilize my life as well as give me the gift of my first nephew.
"That being said, the last 3 months have been some of the toughest I've experienced in the past 10 years. I left San Francisco and flew directly home to Ottawa. I haven't been to Vancouver yet and all my belongings are still there. It's been a crazy ride so far. Going from playing shows everyday and meeting so many people. Then a day later being on the other side of the country with nothing is pretty fucked. I basically think about this band every single day and it's hard knowing I just can't do it right now. You can't just eat and breath Daggermouth for 3 years and then flick a switch and forget about it a day later.
"So to kill time I've been playing a lot of guitar and have written a few acoustic songs. Not sure if they will ever see the light of day, but it's fun just to be playing music again even if it is alone in my room."
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