Earlier this week, the Used announced longtime guitarist Quinn Allman would be leaving the band for a year and they had already found the perfect person to replace him; Saosin’s Justin Shekoski.
Had it been last year, fans of the hardcore band wouldn’t have worried much, but since the band, now featuring original vocalist Anthony Green, announced they would be working on new music, this new engagement has quickly become an issue.
Taking to the internet yesterday, Shekoski wrote to fans, reassuring them that even with his new gig with The Used, Saosin would continue to “write new music and work [ing] towards a great future” like the band has promised.
Read Shekoski’s full message below where he tells fans that luckily Circa Survive and The Used’s tour schedules run parallel making it easier to get some Saosin things done.
Just played the first show with The Used. Wait, let me start over. Lots has happened. It’s been an exciting month to say the least. After a week of rehearsal, a quick (and extremely fun) Saosin tour and a long flight, I have arrived in the UK….with a new band.
As you may or may not have heard, I have been asked to join forces with The Used to play some great music and be a part of their incredible family. I’m extremely humbled by the opportunity to play alongside not only such great musicians but such excellent people. They have all been beyond welcoming.
The first show was tonight and was an absolute blast, to say the least. I can’t wait to play more shows and do what I love to do most, play music.
I also wanted to say, as far as Saosin goes, nothing’s changing. We will still be writing new music and working towards a great future. Saosin is a group of brothers that all have different things, projects and schedules going on. This will just be one more schedule to work around. Luckily, quite a bit of The Used schedule is parallel with Circa Survive. So possibly, you can see Anthony play with Circa Survive and me with The Used in the same month. I hope to see a lot of you!
Thank you for all of the support so far, I can’t wait to see all of my old friends and meet tons of new ones on the road very soon.
See you in the not so distant future,
Early this year, Saosin reunited for a four-day tour where at one of the stops the band revealed that new music was on the horizon for them. They’ve come a long way since their reunion with Green at Skate and Surf Fest last Spring.