Posted on October 5, 2016
As you may have heard in our previous post, The Strand’s drummer Elias Lewter has resigned, and that has left our band wondering, “ok, so now what?”
We ‘could’ start the process of finding a new drummer, rehearse, book gigs, and keep pressing on… But after discussions we realized that Lewter’s reasons for resigning were also being felt by other band members. So, in an attempt to make things fun and interesting again, we are flipping the switch and transitioning into a creative phase. Henceforth, after Lewter’s last gig with The Strand on October 14th 2016 in New Mexico, we will no longer be booking ANY live shows while we enter this creative phase. Creating new music is at the top of the list during this time, but it’s likely we will also work on videos, movies, costumes, themed events, or other things.
After six months of this creative phase, (April 14th 2017) we will take a step back and have a band meeting to see if we want to start playing live shows again, extend the creation phase, or just take a hiatus. I am hopeful that we can come up with some exiting stuff to share, prime our engines, and come back strong!
I’ve been asked a few times if we will be replacing Lewter? Some people have suggested that we put the drums on the backing track since it will likely be difficult to find a drummer. I will say, most passionately, that The Strand will not perform live concerts without an acoustic drum kit. I love the sound, and the feel of live drums. Some of my favorite bands in the world don’t perform with a drummer, and some of the most respected industrial acts also opt for an electronic kit. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of their performances, so I’m not knocking it… but it’s just not what I would like to do with The Strand. So… yes, The Strand will need a drummer before playing live again. We have a couple of people in mind, and might start looking into that as we enter the creative phase.
I am going to start releasing a Video Diary probably on our website and also via the Apocalypse Powder podcast to keep me honest. I think this video will help me stay motivated to move Strand things forward. They might be a couple minutes, they might be an hour. I will drop in and let you know how things are coming along. I think they will post every Sunday at Strandland.com or subscribe to Apocalypse Powder podcast.
Thanks for all your support over the past 16 years! Now, onto the future!
Posted on September 27, 2016
My heart strings are tugged to publicly announce that our drummer Matthew Elias Lewter is resigning from our band The Strand. He made this announcement to the band a about month ago, on August 30th 2016. This news came as a bit of a surprise, but also makes a lot of sense. Before I go into any details, let me first say that Lewter is one of the most talented, intelligent, and reliable friends I have. I can truly say that he’s the kind of man I would want at my side in combat. So, in true Lewter-fashion he offered to play out the two gigs we already had booked, and gave us plenty of notice. He suggested we immediately start searching for a suitable replacement. Since the Hollywood, Bar Sinister gig on September 24th 2016 is complete, Lewter’s final performance with The Strand will be at the Oscillation festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 14th 2016.
Matthew Elias Lewter joined the band in 2008 and has performed about 50 gigs over an eight-year period. The Strand has been around for 16 years, so that means that half of the band’s existence has been with Lewter. He has been an integral part of our team, and his contributions are countless. Plus, he’s fun to be around, we’ve laughed a lot, learned a lot, and had some unforgettable experiences together. Truly we will not be the same band without him. I am really happy to say that we are all on great terms and continue to hang out, since his friendship is very important to all of us. When asked why he was leaving he said he was just not having fun with it anymore. Also he said that he was streamlining and cutting out a lot of other things, and placing a strong focus on Elias Black, his latest music project. (Please take a moment to check out the Elias Black debut album and show your support. http://www.eliasblack.com/)
The remaining band members have since had some very honest, heart-felt discussions about what to do. I think it is safe to say that we understand where he is coming from, and his decision is proving to be a catalyst for the band. We will soon make a second announcement regarding our band’s response, but I want to take this time to recognize Lewter for all of the glorious times we had playing together in The Strand.
With love and gratitude,
Posted on August 31, 2016