TRAVIS RICHTER EXPLAINS HIS SPLIT WITH THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
Yesterday, we got the sad news that the rumors are true — Travis Richter and The Human Abstract have parted ways. Of course, for adoring fans (this one included), the question remains: Why did they part ways?
Both MetalSucks and Lambgoat (and who knows how many other sites that haven’t reported it) received e-mails a few weeks ago which suggested that Richter didn’t want to leave his girlfriend behind when the band went on tour; now Richter himself has taken to Tumblr to give a slightly different explanation:
“A couple months ago I told the guys I wasn’t going to tour anymore for a couple reasons. One, I’m turning 30 and have given all my time to bands and the road, and I want to be able to start a family and see my parents and grandparents more. Secondly, I graduated with an audio production degree, and I feel myself being pulled into that world as more of a full time position. I think The Human Abstract is an amazingly gifted group of musicians with mind bending potential and I couldn’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done for me since I joined the band in feb of 2010. The fans have also been more than amazing and accepted me into the THA family, and for that I sincerely thank you!”
So, really, whether there was a woman involved or not, the real culprit here is just life, and the fact that touring sucks, and begins to suck infinitely more as one gets older and feels an increased desire for some stability. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of story, and it won’t be the last. It’s a bummer, but it’s just the way things go sometimes.
The Human Abstract’s tour with Periphery, Textures, and The Contortionist starts on September 2; THA will be utilizing Corelia’s Ryan Devlin as a touring vocalist. Get dates here.