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Payload Splitting With Vocalist Risto Sundberg

Payload's vocalist, Risto Sundberg, has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. He is the other founding member of the band (alongside Vic Lausas), and has been in Payload for its entire existence since 2008.

He announced his decision to the band already during the spring, but the news was kept quiet while the band was busy with an album release and other events.

Payload will head on a European tour in August to serve as Sundberg's farewell. He has promised to continue with the band until a new vocalist is found. Risto Sundberg also issued the following statement:

"So, as you by now know, I´ve decided to quit the band (and probably music altogether for a while). For the record, the decision is mine, and mine alone. There is no drama, no artistic differences or anything such affecting this.

"It´s a decision that I´ve contemplated pretty long, and trust me, it´s one of the hardest I´ve ever had to make in my life. 5 years in the band that was a dream for me, maybe 5 of the best in my life.

"For some reason I´ve lost the spark from making music. The stage is no more the happy place it was for me, I enjoy the breaks at rehearsals more than the actual playing, I haven´t revisited my lyrics sketches for some time now in order to produce anything, and so on. It feels more like having to go to rehearsals instead of getting to go there, even though I know I get to spend time with my best friends and do something we love together. At rehearsals and shows my body´s there but my mind wonders somewhere, it´s just a machine-like routine even if I try to show I´m having a ball. I find something else to do instead of trying to do something for the band at home. I´ve picked up my guitar more times lately when cleaning than practicing or writing songs.

"The worst part is, I don´t know what the hell is wrong. I love the guys, they are my best friends, we´ve had so much fun, great shows, trips, Spinal Tap moments, all that, but something´s just gone missing. I hope I´ll find the joys of making music at some point again, but whether that´ll be in a month or 20 years, I can´t say.

"I´m doing this because it´s right for the band. It´s right for you, the fans, to step aside when I feel I can´t give you all I would want to give. I guess, in a way, it´s right for me too, to clear my head. The band really needs someone with their heart in it as their face, and oh, how I wish it could be me. We´ve worked so hard on this dream for so long, and the band is like a child to me.

"I´ve had too many sleepless nights over this. I´ve shed too many tears. I really don´t want to do this, but it´s the only thing I can do. I can´t hang around slacking off, expecting everything while giving nothing. I can´t just tell the guys to sit back and wait to see if the spark comes back. The show has to go on.

"I can´t expect or even ask you to understand, but I will ask you to forgive. And to remember the good times, the shows, the parties, the fun. I will look back with fondness on these 5 years that I will never forget. I wish it could have been more, but it can´t.

"The band will still be a part of my life and I intend to be a part of theirs, and come what may I will support them through everything. I´m simply stepping aside, making way for someone better to help them climb the next step I am not able to climb with them right now. God, how I wish I could.

"I hope they will find someone so good you, and they, can forget about me leaving before they even know it. Until then, I´ll still do the shows we have booked and the European Tour. I promise to give you all I have in me on those shows. Rest assured you´ll get your money´s worth."

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