Every Time I Die and Drummer Daniel Davison Release Statements Regarding Split
Last week, we learned that Every Time I Die have parted ways with drummer Daniel Davison after just two years and one album, last year’s Low Teens (former Norma Jean drummer Clayton “Goose” Holyoak is manning the kit on their current tour). At that time, no additional information regarding the cause of the split was made available, which, naturally, led to fans on the Internet recklessly speculating as to what may have happened.
Those fans will no longer have to speculate, however: both Davison and ETID have released official statements on the matter. As it turns out, the story of Davison leaving the band is one with which we’re all-too-familiar — specifically, that it sucks to be a touring musician.
Here’s Davison’s statement…
“As some of you may have already heard, I am no longer playing drums in ETID. On the recent tour with TBS I let the guys know that it would be my last tour. It wasn’t an easy decision, as I absolutely loved playing and creating music with them, however the amount of touring wasn’t sustainable for me anymore. So after much consideration, I felt it was best that I move on. It was an extremely amicable exit – I’m happy for the future of ETID and I am excited about starting a new chapter for myself. I’ll never forget the incredible experiences that made up my time in ETID. The shows were absolutely unbelievable, life giving. The time spent writing and recording Low Teens together was one of the most prolific, focused, and enjoyable experiences that I’ve ever had as a musician. I’m very grateful for my time spent with Andy, Jordan, Steve, and Keith – I love and respect them all very much as people and musicians and I wish them the best. Thank you so much to all of you who have supported ETID – past, present, and future – it truly doesn’t go unnoticed. May the inimitable force that is Every Time I Die continue to move forward strong.”
…and here’s the statement from the band:
“Daniel’s time with ETID was the greatest time in its long history. that is not a coincidence. replacing him won’t be easy but nothing we do ever is. please check out @ddavison for his full statement. thank you for being a friend, Daniel. we travelled down the road and back again. your heart is true. you’re a pal and a confidant. currently, drumming duties are being handled by a man called Goose (formerly of NJ and FBTMOF). with only 4 days notice he flew out to us and learned 17 songs. if you’re seeing us on our Canadian tour, know it only happened because of his insanely hard work and sacrifice.”
So it’s clear that this split was the very definition of “amicable.” It’s a bummer, but ETID were around long before Davison was in the band, and I have no doubt they’ll continue to thrive, even without him.