After seven years of playing drums in The Shondes, I’ve decided to pursue other creative projects.
It wasn’t an easy decision. After years of extensive touring, epic shows, equally epic post-show brunches and profoundly gratitude-inspiring fan support, it’s hard to imagine life outside of this band.
I will dearly miss this band. I will miss the ways we worked together, sweat together, played together, traveled together and celebrated together. There is so much momentum that it’s hard to jump off, and so much goodness around the bend for my friends in this hard-working band. I am so excited to see what comes next for them and I will certainly be cheering them on from here.
It was 2006 when we decided to start The Shondes. I had never picked up a drumstick in my life, and suddenly there I was, playing real live songs with a real live band. We were onstage and in the recording studio, and I was getting to experience some of the most electric artistic chemistry I ever have. Chemistry between us onstage, chemistry between us and the audience, and just the kind of chemistry you feel internally when you’re making art that means something to you, that fills your heart.
So, to Eli, Louisa and Fureigh I say with all my heart: Thank you. Thank you for being with me and letting me be with you in such a fiery, ambitious, wonderful, whirlwind, long-term collaboration. I wish you more adventures and wild successes than ever before, and I have no doubt at all that you will see both. The music you write and play has always moved me so deeply, in the most important ways, and brought out music of my own — music I didn’t even always know was there. I am so glad that you are doing what you do and I can’t wait to see what this band continues to become.
And to anyone who’s listened to and supported the band: There is no adequate amount of thanks I can offer you all for your part in this chemistry, nor for your unending energy at shows, your material support and, most importantly, your ears for our music, for my music. I will miss this project deeply and I will miss playing for you. And honestly – I can’t wait to be standing next to you and cheering loud in the audience of a Shondes show sometime soon.