A Skylit Drive Lose Two Members; Announce New Album

Rise

A Skylit Drive have had a lot going on in the last 24 hours, so let’s start from the beginning.

This past Tuesday, ASD bassist Brian White and drummer Cory LaQuay announced via Instagram, that they were both leaving the group to pursue other endeavors. Though they are not leaving “together” per se, they are leaving for similar reasons. In a nutshell, they are no longer happy doing what they are doing with this particular band. You can read their entire statement below.

According to the band’s Facebook page, this news apparently was not supposed to be made public at the time it was posted on the internet. However, the band has since posted their own statement on the situation, and included in there is some exciting information for fans. The group confirmed they will be releasing an acoustic version of their last album, titled Rise: Ascension. Their comment on the situation and video announcement can be found below as well.

Rise: Ascension will hit stores January 6, 2015.

A message for our fans and friends, from Brian and Cory: First and foremost, we want to express our gratitude towards our fans and friends who have believed in us enough to support the music we love to play. Whether you have been with us since the beginning of A Skylit Drive or have started listening recently, and regardless of how you showed your support (by coming to a concert, buying our CD or merchandise, or spreading the word about us)…thank you. After careful consideration and having spent a significant amount of time making our decision, we will be parting ways with A Skylit Drive. The life-shaping experiences we have had as individuals, with our band mates/fellow touring bands and especially with our fans and friends is what makes our departure weigh so heavily on our hearts. While we arrived at our decision to leave A Skylit Drive separately, our reasons for doing so are very similar. Unfortunately, the same passion for our band that once fueled our success has changed. How a person values their art and the creative process is their own right, but for the two of us it has gotten to the point that we do not want to lose our love of writing, playing and preforming music because our values and ideas are no longer aligned with others. When we started this band, we could have never imagined that our dreams to travel and perform on stages across the world would come true. Thankful is an understatement for the way we feel about the opportunities we have been given to live our dream for the past eight years. That being said, we hope that you—our fans and friends— will continue to follow your dreams, whatever they may be. Do what makes you happy; otherwise there is no point in doing it at all. Music and performing will always be a part of us, and so we look forward to embracing new opportunities. We will not stop dreaming and we hope you will continue to dream with us. With the sincerest love and gratitude, Brian White and Cory LaQuay

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