Earlier today, the As I Lay Dying website was updated with an official statement from the band about their future. When I initially posted about it, I wondered out loud who actually wrote the statement since it wasn't signed.
Now, I have my answer: Tim Lambesis wrote the statement without the prior knowledge or consent of anybody else in the band. How nice of him?
Because of this guitarist and all-around nice guy, Nick Hipa posted a response confirming the rest of the band is working on new material and distancing himself from the statement made earlier:
Good day friends,
This morning an update was posted over at www.asilaydying.com on the current happenings and individual futures of all the bands' members. For Jordan, Josh, Nick, Phil, management, and record label, this was an interesting first time read as all parties were oblivious to its construction, intent, and release.
Though Tim is the only one with access to the As I Lay Dying site, the rest of us have been releasing content through our personal social media accounts to reveal that we are carrying on in a new band. Our truest intentions were to make this unveiling interesting and exciting for anyone who has supported us over the past year. With information so instantaneous and disposable these days, we had hoped to show you how things were coming together rather than simply tell you.
We never want to capture attention dramatically, which is precisely why we've been off the radar for close to a year. Though the third-person statement released earlier compromises a lot of how we had hoped to unroll things, we remain positive in our outlooks and look forward to sharing new music soon.
With love and gratitude,
Jordan, Josh, Phil, Nick
What an odd situation for the band to find themselves in. It's clear that there isn't much communication going on between both parties and that the rest of the band is ready to move forward without Tim.
For those interested in hearing samples of their new project, you can check it out here.