Ever since about February, when we really caught on to what was happening with ambitious rock outfit Vestascension, we’ve had the pleasure of bearing witness to their amazing rise so far, and also been honoured to have guitarist and producer Justin Gosnell write a column for us. You may have missed this last month, and it might be a little while before we get the next instalment, because as awesome as their success and popularity so far has been, the incredible workload and various other factors have taken their toll on the band, resulting in a few delays.
The band have graciously blessed us with releasing this statement from them, so without any further ado, read on:
“So incase you missed it our August release is on indefinite hold at this time. We’d like to apologize for us taking so long to make an announcement. We didn’t really wait as much as it just took some time to word everything the way we wanted to word it. As fans we don’t like it when bands release vague statements on important issues and we believe that one of the best things we have going for us is the relationship we keep with our fans. We always try to keep in touch with anyone that wants to have a line of communication with us and we try be 100% honest and open with them. With that said, here’s the details surrounding the delay in the release:
The first and most important thing we’d like to announce is that we’ve parted ways with our longtime drummer Mike Chubb. He actually stepped down a few weeks ago, we just weren’t sure when the right time was to let everyone know. Chubb (as we all know him by) wrote up a statement which you can read at the bottom of this news update.
Bands say “we parted on good terms” all the time when members leave, when that couldn’t be farther from the truth most of the time, but with us it absolutely is. For those that don’t know, Chubb and I (Justin) are I guess what you would call the ‘original members’ of Vestascension. I moved to Maryland almost a decade ago to start a band with him. Since then we’ve undergone many changes in both the sound of the band as well as the lineup, whilst experiencing more ups and downs along the way than most bands would in their entire lifetime and then some. We finally settled on our current lineup (and hopefully aside from this latest member departure our final lineup) a couple years ago. Prior to that though the future seemed pretty dismal and Chubb focused more and more on his family eventually becoming a father (he has 2 awesome boys who are going to melt your faces when they grow up and start their own band). So, after much thought and consideration, Chubb has decided that touring is something he just can’t do. His reason was simply that he couldn’t go 2 days without seeing his boys. While it’s upsetting to the rest of us in one sense, the reality is that we have such a HUGE amount of respect for that and we’d be selfish if we asked him to try to change the way he feels about that. In this world way too many children are brought into it and then completely neglected, so you DO have to respect a man that makes the decision to be there for his children, a man that doesn’t want to miss being there for one single day in his children’s lives…
To say it’s been a rough spot for us lately would be an understatement. Going through a member change is never easy when it’s a situation where you get along great with the person that’s leaving and love everything they contribute musically…it’s definitely a WTF feeling when you lose a perfect member. In addition to that, we’ve been dealing with some pretty intense and in-depth legal issues for quite some time now. We’re not going to get into the details of what those are but we will say though that once that’s all behind us there will be some wonderful things happening for us. The process to reach that point though has just been completely draining as anyone out there that’s had legal dealings in the industry will tell you.
On a personal level all of these things going on has really taken its toll on me mentally and creatively. Chubb has been one of my absolute best friends for a third of my life and I envisioned us being in Vestascension still when we were 90 years old so yeah, him leaving has thrown me a little off balance. Aside from just the friendship aspect of it having a hole in the band lineup is my worst nightmare. Why am I speaking about it from my point of view? Because I feel I’m the one that owes you an explanation because to be totally honest it’s my fault that the August release isn’t finished. Chubb, Josh, Nate, and Mike had all of their parts finished and recorded as far back as 2010. Yes, the drums were already finished for the track. Everything that’s left to do falls in my area…and I just haven’t done it. Why? I just haven’t felt like it. That may sound like I don’t care or that I’m just putting it off or being lazy but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. It’s writers block-the thing musicians all fear the most. When I say that we create our music out of a positive place and that we have to be inspired to do so it’s not some corny bullshit line we’re feeding people. I’m sitting here trying to write parts for this beautiful, upbeat, and positive piece of music feeling anything but….and it just doesn’t work. I hate forcing anything and I WILL NOT force anything-if it doesn’t come naturally then it’s not coming at all. I don’t care about deadlines. I won’t release ANYTHING that doesn’t meet Vestascensions high quality standards. I would say that the last thing I ever want to do is delay a tracks release but that isn’t true – the last thing I’d ever want to do is release a subpar Vestascension song. I’ve been feeling this way for a while, sort of “in a funk” as they say…it was all I could do to even finish our July release to be totally honest. It’s just been a testing time for me personally as of late. I’m not looking for sympathy or anything of that nature – just trying to give the most honest answer/reason as to why this delay has occurred. I’d also like to apologize to the awesome guys here at Heavy Blog Is Heavy for skipping my column last month. I’ve just been a bit vacant mentally with all this shit going on and didn’t have time to deliver a quality write up nor did I feel inspired to.
So there it is. Now I’ll try to provide some answers to questions you might have:
Is the band ok? YES absolutely!! The rest of us are fully committed and can’t wait to see where the future takes us! If you caught it earlier Chubb stated he couldn’t tour….so yes…that means that we ARE working to make our way out there in the world and bring our live show right to your front door in 2012.
When WILL the August release be ready? We’re not sure – as soon as it’s done! And look at the bright side; once it does come out you don’t have to wait as long for the following release! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list as we’ll be sending out an email immediately once the tracks up and ready for download. You can do so by going to www.vestascension.com
Will the rest of the years releases be affected? No, we don’t see that happening. The drums for everything up until years end are completely taken care of so we’re good there. I’m sure the writing flow will pick back up – it already has – so I think all is well!
Do you have a replacement yet? Are you holding auditions? No, not at this time. We’re fortunate enough to be friends with many amazing musicians and at this time we think we can fix our problem in house. We do have one guy that we’re looking at right now who’s an absolute monster…we’ll see though. We assure you we’ll pick someone that can deliver.
Hopefully that provides some answers for you. Once again we’re very sorry for the inconvenience. Some people have gotten really angry when we’re even 1 minute past the midnight mark on a release day but we ask that you try to have a little understanding. We’re flattered that you’re so intense about getting our music but please keep in mind we are human and we’re running all of this independently while at the same time working full-time jobs (I put in about 50-60 hours a week). We also release everything for free too. The bottom line is that we try our best!
We’ll keep you updated on a release date for this track as well as any other news that crops up regarding anything else mentioned in this statement.
We love you guys! Thanks for sticking with us!!!
As promised, here’s Chubbs statement regarding this departure as well as a picture that we’ve never posted before. It’s from the very first time the 5 of us in this line up got together as a band for our very first photoshoot. After 10 years Chubb and I were so happy to finally solidify the new lineup and I think this picture shows just that.
It is with great sadness that I have to step down as the drummer for Vestascension. This was a very tough decision to make but I have been contemplating this for a while now. I didn’t want to rush into this decision or take it lightly. You see, Vestascension has been my life for the past 10 years. It has been my passion, my release, my escape from this hectic thing we call life. However once we came back out with new music after a complete rebuild of the band except for Justin and myself, I realized it was a little different this time. People really like what they hear so much that they start telling their friends and maybe they told their friends. Now we have some of the most dedicated fans ever and it really sucks I won’t be a part of this anymore.
The fact is I have a wonderful family whom I love more than anything. I have a wonderful wife and two little boys and I came to the realization that I can’t be without them for even one day. Even though Vestascension is not playing shows and touring right now, it is inevitable that it will happen. Like I said before, Vesta fans are the best!! So I think the best thing for Vestascension right now is to find a new drummer that can dedicate their whole self and being to this band and be ready to roll when the opportunity arises. Whoever becomes the new drummer, will be one lucky fucker for sure. You will be joining the most talented, dedicated, driven, and just all around greatest group of guys you will ever want to meet.
To Justin, Nate, Mike, and Josh. I love you all like brothers and I know you will have great success. I am so glad I had the opportunity to make music with you guys. You all are the most talented group of musicians I have ever had the pleasure of playing music with.
Peace and Love,
So, quite a lot to digest there, but fear not Vestascension fans; they WILL be back. If I’ve learned anything about Justin and the rest of the band’s commitment to the cause in the past few months, it’s that this won’t stop them, and Chubb’s decision is absolutely understandable, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Guys; we wish you all the best, and I’m sure everyone one of those 6,159 Facebook fans, and more, stand with us on that.
We’ll keep y’all updated.