In a bit of a shocker, Periphery announced yesterday via their Facebook page that longtime bassist Tom Murphy has quit the band. While the band isn't really talking about the reasoning for his departure, they did wish Tom luck in the future, so it doesn't seem like a messy breakup. Here is the band's official statement:
We have some sad news to announce, unfortunately Tom Murphy has decided to leave the band:
"I'm sorry to announce that as of today I will no longer be playing bass for Periphery. I have had so many unforgettable experiences and have met so many wonderful people while playing with the band and just want to say thank you to all the fans for making that possible. I am leaving to pursue something new. If you are interested following up with me, feel free to add my personal page at facebook.com/tom.h.murphy.
We're very saddened by this but wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. Fortunately this will not effect our upcoming touring plans as Nolly [Getgood from Red Seas Fire] from will be filling in on bass and Mark Holcomb will take up his position as full-time guitarist.
This comes as a bit of a shock, because everything seemed hunky dory when we hung out with the band at their NYC Frak The Gods tour stop (where Misha shot this hilarious backstage walkthrough). We wish Tom the best in whatever he decides to do.