Yesterday I was given the news from my friend that his band, Envy On The Coast, had decided to part ways with their drummer Dan Gluszak who has been described as one of the "tightest" (meaning most skilled) drummers in the business.
Now, not only was I upset because Envy On The Coast is also a band I am a big fan of, but it also made me ask this question: Why break it off? I thought this was a timely as well as a relevant question when concerning DIY bands which are usually filled with members who have other commitments, whether it be a job or school...or both.
Now Envy On The Coast hasn't been a DIY band for a while, since they are signed to Photo Finish Records, but even they have drama. All personal reasons aside (on a count of their request), there are many reasons why a band can chose to part ways with one of their members. In this case, disagreements over different things concerning the band such as tours.
Along with this, however, can come the seriousness of each member of the group, especially when dealing with a DIY band. It is hard to be in a band with someone who is just doing it for fun when the rest of the members are not. This is constantly an issue and reason for bands kicking out members or having members leave.
When it comes down to it, though, bands just don't want to have to deal with the struggle of a member who does not agree with the majority of the band on a consistant basis. So with that, bands and band members frequently chose to go their separate ways no matter how much their fans and friends don't like it.
So, in the famous words of Fergie, "No, no drama, no, no, no, no drama."