Yesterday news broke that literally everyone who isn't Frankie Palmeri up and quit Emmure. While the fate of the band, or what Palmeri decides to continue on as essentially, is unknown, we at least know what happened from one perspective of the situation.
Ex-bassist Mark Davis spoke out in an interview with Alt Press, saying this has been a long time coming for the whole band and even alludes to an album that never quite made it.
“The four of us made the decision to leave the band pretty much immediately after finishing our set on September 9 in Russia,” Davis begins. “It was our first string of shows back (Ghostfest in Leeds, and two headlining shows in Russia) since taking most of spring and all of summer off to allow Frankie’s vocal cords to heal, which he injured during the Stronger Than Faith Tour. We all expected to come back to a refreshed, productive and positive work environment, but that was not the case.”
“We had no plans to ‘dismantle’ prior to actually doing it. We did, however, have plans for a new album and new label. After Russia, we were supposed to go to Japan for shows, and then come back home and get to work. Since then, we’ve just been waiting for the announcement to happen so that we can move on with our lives and our careers in music.”
Davis also drops this bomb right at the end of the interview.
“The most important thing I have to say about all this is that there is no time or room for negativity in life,” he concludes. “If someone is bringing you down or holding you back from your full potential, it's time to cut them out, no matter how much you may love them.”
Palmeri has not yet publicly commented on the departure of the band. Looking toward the future, however, Davis says the instrumental portion of Emmure will carry on.
“[We] are currently working on material for an un-named/un-fronted project. It is in the early stages but progressing quickly, and we will be ready to find a singer to fit the sound of the band soon. And as far as the sound goes, it’s still going to be us playing our instruments the way that we love to, but in a new, refreshed environment."
So we'll see what happens next!