Devin Townsend Project is currently on hiatus, though a few guys from that band are teaming up with some other quite well-known musicians from Devin Townsend's past to create what we're assuming is going to be an amazing band.
The new project consists of guitarist Jed Simon (ex-Strapping Young Lad, Zimmers Hole), bassist-or-guitarist Brian Waddell (ex-The Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project), bassist Byron Stroud (ex-Strapping Young Lad, ex-Fear Factory), and drummer Ryan van Poederooyen (ex-The Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project), and a currently unannounced vocalist that van Poederooyen says will be revealed on Wednesday.
van Poederooyen says the vocalist "really blew us away with his voice on our demos. This guy is the real deal and the perfect fit for the music we're playing!," so here's hoping it's someone that can seriously bring the heaviness. I mean come on, with a lineup like that, it's going to be a massive bummer if they choose someone that's not up to par with everyone else in the band.
Here's van Poederooyen's full statement below.
We would like to announce our 2nd Guitar Player of this brand new band. It is none other than, Mr. Jed Simon of Strapping Young Lad, Zimmers Hole, Scar the Martyr and Vimic acclaim. The majority of you all were hoping for Jed 'Fucking' Simon and now it's a reality. Jed joining the band was an obvious choice after Brian 'Beav' Waddell, Byron Stroud and I decided we were going to do a heavier sounding band. Jed was our first, and really, our only choice. We didn't think of anyone past Jed, because it made so much sense to have him involved for many reasons… He writes memorable, bad ass riffs, Byron and Jed have played together forever, we're all great friends, and his personality along with his 'team comes first' attitude, fits in exactly with what we're doing. Beav, Byron and I are stoked to have Jed on board. Prepare your best Taco for, Jed when we come to a city near you!!!!
Thanks to all of you for your incredible support, comments and general excitement for this band. You guys were calling for Jed a lot these past few days after, Byron was announced. We all had big grins on our faces knowing he was a part of this.
Next, we get to announce our singer on Wednesday. The guesses for this will be very interesting to see… all I can say is that he really blew us away with his voice on our demos. This guy is the real deal and the perfect fit for the music we're playing! Who could it be ? Find out on Wednesday!
Lastly, we will be announcing the name of the band, shortly after our singer is announced and then much more info to come. Please spread the news, share it and let people know about the metal that's about to ensue! We're stoked and we're looking forward to giving you EVERY reason to be stoked with us! Stay posted…. – RVP
Outdoor photo of Jed: Photo Credit – Travis Shin