On Friday (26th) afternoon, Dan posted this message to Facebook:
Sadly, after five years together, Left Hand Red will not be playing any live gigs for the foreseeable future once our up-coming shows draw to a close.
A few weeks back, our drummer, Russell, decided that he was calling it a day. His decision to leave left the band questioning how we would all like to proceed. Left Hand Red was always about the four of us, four friends, making music that we loved. Would it be the same if we had somebody come in and ‘replace’ Russell? We decided that, for the time being at least, it would not be the same. Therefore, Left Hand Red, for now, has run it’s course. But, before you start crying, do read on…
The remaining members, myself, Darren and Barry had a long conversation about what we would like to do next, start a new project together or go our separate ways and begin our own, individual bands. We came to the conclusion that as we get along so well and have that ‘connection’, it’d make most sense to continue working together. We discussed at length what we would all like from a new band and have now started looking for new members.
When I say we’re starting a new band together, this will not be a continuation of Left Hand Red in any way, shape or form. It will be a completely new project. Do not think that the new band will just be Left Hand Red with a different drummer and new name! This couldn’t be farther from the truth. We have already started to put ideas down and a new sound and direction has been born. I can’t go into details at this time but the departure of Russell has given the rest of us a (much needed) kick up the arse and ignited a new passion and excitement that has been absent in recent months. It’s going to take a while to get everything sorted so please be patient, we will keep you informed of any major developments.
I’m going to keep the Left Hand Red Facebook profile going to update you with the progress of the new band and obviously, remind you of our final Left Hand Red shows as it would be great to see you at one of them! The MySpace and other sites will remain up with free access and downloads of all Left Hand Red’s music.
We’d like to wish Russell all the best for the future and thank you all for your support over the past five years.
Watch this space…