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Jonathan Carpenter out of The Contortionist; Last Chance To Reason frontman to fill gap

The Contortionist

Vocalist Jonathan Carpenter of The Contortionist, the popular Indianapolis-based progressive deathcore band, is now the ex-vocalist of The Contortionist, the popular Indianapolis-based progressive deathcore band.

In a statement made on Friday, Jonathan, who also handled keyboards, revealed that as he and his girlfriend are expecting the birth of their first child, and so he is stepping down as frontman of the eOne/Good Fight Entertainment band with immediate effect. Understandable, for sure – fairly constant touring is part and parcel for a band like The Contortionist in their breakthrough years, and whilst it may work for some, it’s not often conducive to good parenthood – not to mention the financial instability of being a musician.

[quote-symbol symbol1]It’s going to be a jarring change of pace for my life, not being on the road most of the year. Making songs with the band and then performing them in front of the best fans has been a once in a lifetime experience. I wouldn’t trade the perspective I’ve found in the past few years for anything. I got to meet so many amazing people and see a good chunk of the world. I absolutely intend to keep creating and playing music in the future, albeit in a more personal pursuit.

Although they’ve been going since 2007 and already had three years under their belt, the band really made a name for themselves in 2010 with their debut full-length Exoplanet, and with last year’s follow up Intrinsic continuing their good work, they’ll be keen to get cracking with a new vocalist as soon as possible – with details for the audition process to be made available soon. It’s reported that a new album may be ready as soon as this year.

In the meantime, the excellent Michael Lessard of Maine’s Last Chance To Reason will be filling in on vocal duties. Last Chance To Reason have been deeply embroiled in the recording of the follow-up to 2011′s excellent Level 2 (called Level 3, funnily enough), but presumably this will not effect the multi-layering frontman’s input. His tenure will include the current short run of shows with Reflections, which will serve as a warm-up to their c0-headlining tour with Within The Ruins, which will include support from I Declare War, Reflections and City By The Sea, and which kicks off on March 30th in San Diego. Beyond that, Canadian dates with Veil Of Maya, Glass Cloud and Beyond The Shore, so a busy time for all. Full details of all runs in the tour calendar!

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