Singer Jonathan Carpenter parted ways with The Contortionist over the weekend, because his longtime girlfriend is about to his first child. According to a press release released Friday afternoon, Mike Lessard of Last Chance To Reason will be temporarily replacing Carpenter on the road for the remainder of their dates.
For those of you who are bummed that Carpenter has his priorities in line, he said in a statement that he would eventually return to music. Here's his statement:
"Making songs with the band and then performing them in front of the best fans has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I wouldn't trade the perspective I've found in the past few years for anything. I got to meet so many amazing people and see a good chunk of the world. I absolutely intend to keep creating and playing music in the future, albeit in a more personal pursuit.
I will miss seeing everyone in the The Contortionist family very much. I wish the best to all of my band buds and everyone who supports live music and all this heavy banger music we've been making. I feel very excited for my future with the love of my life and our pups, and our little one on the way."
While this news is a bummer, sometimes you have to put real life in front of the dream. The Contortionist is currently on tour, hitting a several stops across the country before they begin their trek with After The Burial on the 'Road To New England Metal Fest' tour in April.