Children Collide Lose A Member

Crucial Music sent over word that Children Collide have parted ways with drummer Ryan Caesar after recently completed their third album 'Monument'.

Recorded at Melbourne's Red Door Sounds with Paul 'Woody' Annison, the album will be released on April 20.

Caesar has played with the band since early 2007, the fourth drummer since Children Collide's inception in 2004.

This announcement could be a vessel to spout various lines about "creative differences", however that wouldn't really be in the spirit of Children Collide. So, to be honest and forthright: the relationship between band members Ryan and Johnny has over the years disintegrated. Their fine body of work and energetic live synergy is a testament to their musical and creative connection, but it's come to a point where touring as a unit is no longer pleasant. And that is that. This statement will, however be used to assure Children Collide's devoted listeners that Ryan's departure does not spell the end of the band. Johnny and Heath will continue to tour and record, and all Spinal Tap jokes aside, the future of who will take up the sticks as drummer #5 remains unwritten.

Ryan said of his departure: It saddens me deeply to announce this unfortunate news. My relationships with my dear friend Heath Crawley, everyone at Crucial Music and all others involved with the band have been of foremost importance to me and have been the catalyst for the significant endurance that both I and I'm sure John have shown towards each other for these past few years.

With those close friendships in mind it is with a heavy heart that I announce my departure from Children Collide at the conclusion of this next tour. The band can not function as it should, or continue forward at all with the current tensions, and the situation - looked at from any perspective, can only be resolved by my leaving. I thank each and every person who has supported us thus far and those who have worked so hard for us. I'm eternally sorry that there was not more to give. I love you all. Ryan.

In a fitting farewell to Ryan, he will join the band on the imminent Sword to a Gunfight single tour, which launches into action all over the country through March and April. This will be audience's last chance to see the trio with Ryan behind the kit, and the only chance for fans to see Ryan play songs from the new album live. Tickets are on sale now and the band implores the public to join them for this farewell.

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