Scar Symmetry Dismiss Bass Player Andreas Holma After Touring Conflict
Scar Symmetry were just about ready to head out on their upcoming tour of Finland, Japan, and the Baltic Sea, but it seems that they’re now down one bass player. After just two years as a member of the band, bassist Andreas Holma has been dismissed from the line-up after backing out of the upcoming tour dates, which presented conflicts with Holma’s other band.
Scar Symmetry’s guitarist Per Nilsson posted their official statement on Facebook:
“It is with disappointment and a sense of disbelief that we announce the departure of Andreas Holma from Scar Symmetry just weeks before our tour of Finland, Japan and the Baltic Sea. Andreas recently informed us that he couldn’t take part in these shows due to a scheduling conflict with another band that he’s playing with, even though the Scar Symmetry shows (that he agreed to do!) have been planned for several months and he’s had ample time to notify us about the situation. With this short notice, it’s impossible for us to a secure a Japanese visa in time for a replacement bass player, as well as finding someone good enough to learn all the music and rehearse in just a few weeks. Also, since the flight tickets are non-refundable, we’d be forced to shell out for new ones.
“Cancelling with just a few weeks notice without a very good reason is completely unacceptable to me, it puts the tour in jeopardy and makes the band look bad, and as a consequence Andreas is no longer a member of Scar Symmetry. For our upcoming shows we won’t have a bass player, instead we will use a pre-recorded bass performance (by me) on backing tracks. It might not be optimal but it’ll sound really good and we’ll have a little bit of extra space on stage
“As for a permanent replacement, we have a few people we’re gonna talk to but since we don’t have any shows beyond this tour booked we aren’t in a big hurry.
“Even in our upset and disappointment, we still want to thank Andreas for the good times we had and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.
“Thank you everyone for your support and understanding, hope to see you soon in Helsinki, Tampere, Osaka, Nagoya, Tokyo or on the Close-Up Cruise in the Baltic Sea!”
So for the time being the band is in no rush to find an official replacement. Maybe we can expect an announcement at the end of their upcoming tour.