It looks like Neck Deep will be down a band member when their fall tour kicks off later this week. On Tuesday (Sept. 4), the Welsh band announced the departure of longtime bassist Fil Thrope-Evans just a couple of days before hitting the road for their North American tour. While some may want to twist the departure into something negative, the band shared a statement directly from Thorpe-Evans where he assures fans to “leave no room for speculation and make it clear that this is a decision born of positivity, not negativity, with no ill feeling involved.”
In his letter, Thrope-Evans reveals that his time in Neck Deep was nothing short of a “dream come true” and that he will forever be grateful for his time in the group and his former band mates who have been nothing but supportive over his difficult decision.
“Also want to mention early on in this that the guys in the band have been super supportive of my decision, and I know they are going to continue on their path to world domination with no problem.”
He goes on to explain that the next chapter in his life will be filled with a lot of new goals including music, business, and family. He also reveals he has been spending a lot of free time working on other music projects for himself and producing for others. Though no specifics have been mentioned, he assures fans that he will be sharing new music soon.
He closes his letter by telling the fans that he is remaining true to who he really is and he hopes that anyone reading his letter will do the same.
“I also hope this can serve as an inspiration to anyone out there who might be scared to chase their passion. Seriously, life is way too short for negativity, unhappiness, or delayed dreams, so start today and go for it!”
Thrope-Evans’ full letter to fans can be read here.
As mentioned above, Neck Deep’s tour with Trophy Eyes, Stand Atlantic, WSTR and Gardenside is set to begin this Thursday, Sept. 6, at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz, California. No word yet on whether the band will have anyone fill in during the upcoming trek.
NECK DEEP FALL 2018 TOUR DATES:
Sept. 06 – Santa Cruz, CA – Catalyst^
Sept. 07 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater^
Sept. 08 – Las Vegas, NV – BK Bowl^
Sept. 10 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theatre^
Sept. 11 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes^
Sept. 12 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom^
Sept. 14 – Louisville, KY – Headliners^
Sept. 15 – Nashville, TN – Marathon^
Sept. 16 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay^
Sept. 18 – Columbia, SC – Music Farm^
Sept. 19 – Greensboro, NC – Arizona Pete’s ^
Sept. 20 – Richmond, VA – National^
Sept. 21 – Long Island, NY – Stereo Garden^
Sept. 22 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland^
Sept. 24 – New Haven, CT – Webster^
Sept. 25 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom^
Sept. 27 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls^
Sept. 28 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak^
Sept. 29 – Cleveland, OH – Agora^
Sept. 30 – Toronto, ON – Danforth^
Oct. 02 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts^
Oct. 03 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde^
Oct. 05 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Club^
Oct. 06 – Des Moines, IA – Woolys*
Oct. 07 – Omaha, NE – Sokol*
Oct. 09 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater *
Oct. 10 – Grand Junction, CO – Mesa Theater*
Oct. 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Fremont*
Oct. 13 – San Diego, CA – SOMA *
^ with Trophy Eyes
* with Gardenside