Last year saw the dramatic departure of guitarist Jason Richardson from Born of Osiris, and with some pretty harsh words for the band. The band never officially got a replacement, but rather brought on Lee Evans to fill in as a touring guitarist. You'd notice on Mayhem Fest that the band is only playing with one guitarist. According to Evans, he dropped out after he lent the band money never to be paid back!According to Lee Evans' Facebook:
there’s a part of my BOO story I feel I must disclose, a cautionary tale for anyone who has business involvement with the band.
In 2012, when they had asked me to rejoin the group, they hadn’t played a show in 6 months, and were broke. I fronted money for band expenses, and was told I’d be paid back at the end of our tour with Unearth (November 2012). Here is a list of what I have not been reimbursed for.
$376.71 for a ComEd bill
$339.63 for Rocktron power amps for Lee McKinney and myself
$817.59 for hotels
$746.83 Fractal repair for Lee McKinney‘s Axe FX Ultra and a replacement MFC-101
$136.20 for UPS shipping my and Lee McKinney‘s guitars to Ernie Ball for tuneups
$425.65 for assorted Guitar Center receipts* (drum hardware for Cameron, rackmount case, flight case, David‘s wireless, bass strings, a Sennheiser mic for Ronnie)
*some of this was paid by band cash, and I fronted the rest, totaling to $425.65.
This was supposed to be repaid to me Nov 31, but the band thought meager personal payouts were more important. Since then, this outstanding debt has spread to other areas of my life. 8 whole months have passed and I’m still waiting.
Former guitarist Jason Richardson actually got in on the comments on Evans' Facebook page thread, saying:
Props on posting this, everyone needs to know how unprofessional and sketchy these fuck ups are. Nothing has changed in the least bit apparently hahaha really bums me out that this happened to a good person like you. Don’t let them take advantage of you again man, all they do is bring everyone down around them.
At this point this is all just conjecture and one side of the story, but Born Of Osiris are not looking good in this situation with two former members complaining about their business practices.