You may recall Protest The Hero's previous drummer Moe Carlson bailed to focus on school so the band hooked up with Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler to record their new album Volition. Adler obviously wasn't joining the band full-time so today the band announced their new official drummer.
Here's the band's official announcement:
“Finding a new drummer has proven to be a tough task! We had interest and video submissions from many friends, fans, and family alike (yes, Choadie’s mom sent in a video of her ripping “c’est la vie!”). Every single one of those submissions was wonderful – but we realized it was going to be impossible to select a drummer based on a YouTube video. We needed someone who we knew. Someone who we thought we wouldn’t murder and leave at the side of the road two weeks into tour. We think we have found that person in Mike Ieradi – a Canadian fella we met many moons ago.
What’s that you say? Mike is already in another band? Yes, he is. He will be playing in two bands on this upcoming tour. He will be opening with his band The Kindred and will then wrap the night up playing with us. Despite pulling double duty on this tour, he IS the newest member of pth and will hopefully be with us until we hang up the old jazz picks. No pressure Mike! ”
Mike pulling in double duty? What a trooper! Obviously Mike is beyond stoked, here's his statement:
Hey everyone! Mike Ieradi here, and happy to announce my new role in Protest the Hero. I’m excited to be a full blown member of a great band with some great friends, and looking forward to the future with these goons. Stoked to see everyone out on this upcoming tour, and I hope you enjoy watching me sweat my way through two sets with Protest and The Kindred. It should be a fun one!
In case you're questioning Mike's chops, here is a drum playthrough video he put together:
Looks like he'll fit in just fine! Get tour dates for the band's upcoming trek here.
[via Metal Insider]