Beartooth are going to down a member when they hit the stage alongside A Day to Remember and Silverstein in mid-June. On Tuesday (April 10), longtime guitarist Taylor Lumley took to social media to announce he had exited the band. While some departures can be blamed on inter-band turmoil, Lumley was quick to point out that there is no ill will between him and the guys.
Instead, the musician revealed in a short post on Twitter that his reason for leaving was more personal; he wants to spend time on his art and life.
“Hey y’all, I quit Beartooth today to focus more on my life and my art,” he posted on Twitter.
“I love all the dudes in our band and crew like family and there was no ill will at all. Thank y’all for loving me through this chapter of my life, and encouraging me to love myself. I’ll be back?” Alongside the post, Lumley added a gif of Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator. Lumley joined Beartooth in 2013.
Though Lumley formally announced his departure from the group yesterday afternoon, the rest of the band members have yet to comment on his decision and whether this will affect their upcoming show (June 16 at the Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City, Iowa) or the new album.
Last month, vocalist Caleb Shomo confirmed the group was working on their new album, though it was taking a little longer than they anticipated. According to Shomo, they are taking their time because the guys want the new record to be the record they deserve.
“This record is extremely important to me, mainly because I feel like I owe you all the record you deserve.”
Beartooth’s last studio album was 2016’s Aggressive.