Matt Mays and El Torpedo, who moved to the States last fall, have found a replacement for founding singer and guitarist Jarrett Murphy.
"I regret to announce that singer, guitarist Jarrett Murphy has decided to leave El Torpedo," says Mays on his management's blog. "His departure is on good terms, and we all support the decision he's made. We've had an incredible five years with Jarrett."
Similar to the influence that Rob Crowell's replacing Brad Conrad on guitar/keyboard had in 2005, Mays hints that Murphy's departure will once again prove evolutionary for El Torpedo.
"He was a huge part of this band. His leaving will no doubt send this band in a new direction," he says. "Jay Smith from Sydney, Cape Breton's Rock Ranger has signed on to be the new full-time member of the band. The rock gods themselves could not create a better guy for the job."
Mays concludes by thanking his supporters and points to the fact El Torpedo is headed back into the studio soon. He hits the road with the new line-up on April 25 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Looking for a good Majesty
Halifax's reigning kings of power pop challenge you to be their next drummer. Their Majesties lost the services of Niall Skinner following their Lap of Luxury Tour '07 and are seeking his replacement.
"Before we left, Niall talked to us and said he wants to have certain things like his own place and money," says singer-guitarist Andrew Erskine. "With our current situation, it's tight, and wanting those things at the moment and being in the band aren't gelling so much. He really didn't want to commit to more time like that. No hard feelings though, we all understand."
Those who inquire must carry certain qualifications in order to perform for their moderately successful local rock band. "Well, I guess they have to be 19," Erskine says. "And if they think they can cut it, if they think they have the chops, and the skills...they're welcome to drop us a line."
In the meantime, Just Friends' Dave Ewenson will sit in. To give Ewenson a break, contact Their Majesties via theirmajesties.com.
Brotherly of a head
For those needing a Museum Pieces fix following 2005's critically acclaimed Philadelphia, the duo is set to release its follow-up EP, entitled City of Brotherly Love. Tyler Messick explains the new album as being a chronological bridge between two styles.
"This new release has a few songs that I wrote just after Philadelphia, and were therefore written with Andy"—March—"still playing piano full time: "I've Been Away" and "I Told You How,"" he says. "Those songs have that in common with Philadelphia, having come from my folkier mindset. Our newer incarnation features Andy on drums—so a few of the songs use that setup—which actually finds Andy writing one song—"Stayed Too Long"—and behind the kit for another, "As We Lay Dying.""
Experience the transition yourself at the BusStop Theatre on April 12.
Show of a Lifetime
Alexisonfire have announced its long-awaited east coast tour, arriving in Halifax on July 20 at the Civic Centre. Legendary hardcore outfit Lifetime will headline this year's Flip the Switch festival on July 2, along with Rise Against, Comeback Kid and a slew of locals. And The Tragically Hip hits the Metro Centre on September 13.
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