When Ice Nine Kills take the stage this summer on the final Vans Warped Tour, fans may notice a missing member. On Thursday (June 14), the Massachusetts-founded band announced the departure of longtime drummer Conor Sullivan. Taking to social media, the band unveiled the news, stating that Sullivan had decided to leave the group to pursue other musical interests and projects.
“After nearly ten years of working together and creating wonderful music and memories, our creative musical roads have taken us in different direction,” the remaining members posted in a joint statement.
In the same letter, the band announced that Patrick Galante (ex-Affiance) will take over their drum kit during the band’s trek on Warped Tour this summer.
“While it won’t be easy, filling his shoes on this summer’s final Vans Warped Tour will be our good friend Patrick Galante.”
The remaining members did not further elaborate on whether Galante’s stint will be solely for the upcoming tour or if he may become an official member of the lineup.
Earlier this year, Ice Nine Kills revealed that they were in the process of working on the follow-up to 2015’s book-centric album Every Trick in the Book. Last year, the band surprised fans by releasing a one-off single titled “Enjoy Your Slay” based off Stephen King’s The Shining.