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Netherbird Splits With Bassist Tobias Gustafsson And Drummer Erik Röjås

Sweden's Netherbird has issued the following statement about splitting with the band's drummer and bassist and working on a new EP:

"Rumours about a line-up change has reached us through various sources so we thought it might be good to deliver the news ourselves rather than through the haze of whispers. On the official website we stated back in the day when Netherbird was still a studio project that 'The cast will change but the theatre of Netherbird will remain.' Those words were true when written, and they still are relevant today.

"As most of you have noticed Netherbird have made two tours during the early part of 2012 and that we brought session members to fill the bass slot on both of these and a session drummer stepped in for our 10 gig-tour through out Europe. That also means that two of our line-up members for various reasons were unable to join us on these tours.

"Netherbird is not about money, it is not a job and thus you can never be fired from the band. Netherbird is about passion and dedication to our music, our listeners and what we stand for. Times change and with it changes the situation for the people involved in the band. And we have now come to a point where Netherbird demands more time and effort than ever before with more gigs and more recordings and that makes it impossible for some members to be able to give what this bands requires. It has nothing to do with musical direction, lack of dedication or other bullshit reasons usually stated when bands go through line-up changes, it has just to do with the amount of time and energy people can muster at a certain point in time.

"And at this point we have sadly parted ways with both Tobias Gustafsson on bass and Erik Röjås on drums. They have both invested so much time and energy into Netherbird and for that we are eternally grateful, but now we will go on working with some new people for the coming recordings and gigs/tours. Both Tobias and Erik remain close to us and will always have our support in each and every way we can provide it. Friendship does not begin nor does it end with being listed in a line-up for a band, at least not when it comes to Netherbird.

"So with these words we thank them both for the time that has been and we look forward to the amazing things they will both create in the future in the metal community and beyond.

"As for Netherbird we have now a new bassist and a new drummer and we are working on the tunes for our third and upcoming EP entitled 'Funerals in Twilight.' We aim to have that recorded before the summer and it will be released sometime later. We will premiere the new line-up at our upcoming gig in Stockholm on June 2nd. Our journey has just begun!"

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