Texas “hardcore/progressive/pop punk” outfit Close Your Eyes have parted ways with vocalist Sam Ryder Robinson. Original frontman Shane Raymond has stepped in and will be joining the band for their performance next year at South By So What. No official statement has been made on whether Raymond is a full member again, but judging by his inclusion as a member on their Facebook page it seems this is the case for the foreseeable future.
Robinson offered the following regarding his departure:
“The cogs are turning in the CYE camp right now for 2015. I wish i didn’t have to sum it up so quickly in a rushed social media post, but I feel this is the time to announce that my journey with CYE is at an end. I’ve had an absolute blast over the last two years and I want to thank my bandmates who’ve taken me on this crazy ride. I’ve been working on another project for some time and I really feel like it’s the right moment for me to follow where that takes me.
Like most of you, each of us have so many dreams, hopes and schemes and I’d like to wish the guys luck in theirs and success for each of you in yours.
Huge thanks to all the fans that have made the shows so great. Kaz, Gus and all the fans in South America deserve a special mention. I’ll be seeing you all again I’m sure. Be excellent to each other!
I hope this sums up my thoughts better than what I can express here.”
Raymond offered the following on the band’s upcoming performance and his return:
I cannot begin to say how excited I am that Close Your Eyes will be performing at South by So What this year! Even more so, I cannot express how grateful I am to be sharing the moment with some of my dearest friends and brothers once again. It’s going to be a blast!
Hold on to your butts…