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Children Collide drummerquits: "touring as a unit isno longer pleasant. And thatis that.”

Just weeks before a national tour and the launch of the third Children Collide album Monument drummer Ryan Caesar has decided to quit the band.

Ryan has played with the band since early 2007 and is the fourth drummer to man the kit for Children Collide since the group’s inception in 2004.

According to a surprisingly frank statement from the band’s management “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.”

Drummer Ryan Caesar’s statement:

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.



At this stage it’s not known who will take up the sticks as drummer the group’s fifth drummer but they have promised fans that “Ryan’s departure does not spell the end of the band [and that] Johnny and Heath will continue to tour and record”.

Fans will have one final chance to see Ryan playing with the band as he will play on the upcoming Sword to a Gunfight single tour, which launches into action all over the country through March and April.

Ryan recently started his own group Pearls and has already played shows supporting Marnie Stern and Sons and Daughters.

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sarahanne

sarahanne said on the 29th Feb, 2012

That is the frankest quitting statement Ive ever read.

MorningAfterboy

MorningAfterboy said on the 29th Feb, 2012

They keep the bastards honest, that's for sure.

Yaki

Yaki said on the 29th Feb, 2012

A great statement of shit news.

Blasted

Blasted said on the 29th Feb, 2012

Who is this Frank and why is he making the statement.

stevil

stevil said on the 29th Feb, 2012

"touring as a unit is no longer pleasant...the band cannot function as it should"

so keep going and do a final tour all over the country..?? that's like still living with your girlfriend after breaking up just because the lease still has a couple of months left. too bad really, those guys had a solid rhythm section.

gumbuoy

gumbuoy said on the 29th Feb, 2012



you forgot to add "...and your relationship had hundreds of fans who had been promised one more visit before the lease was up, and had already paid money to see you together that one more time"

which sounds like a wierd relationship.

Jestarrr

Jestarrr said on the 29th Feb, 2012

"touring as a unit is no longer pleasant...the band cannot function as it should"

so keep going and do a final tour all over the country..?? that's like still living with your girlfriend after breaking up just because the lease still has a couple of months left. too bad really, those guys had a solid rhythm section.

Well I saw them last Tuesday, they seemed to play just fine with no issues. They're both mature people, so they should be able to put aside their differences for this.

aidanhogg

aidanhogg said on the 29th Feb, 2012

this is a shame, never would've noticed it though!
hope they get another drummer soon and continue being awesome.

Thessaly

Thessaly said on the 1st Mar, 2012

Well, that was unexpected. Not much to add, really...

+ 1 for honesty, -1 for lack of tolerance to do wrap up the tour before quitting.

berlinchair101

berlinchair101 said on the 1st Mar, 2012

He is doing the wrap up tour.

Fake Plastic Android

Fake Plastic Android said on the 1st Mar, 2012

Well, that was unexpected. Not much to add, really...

+ 1 for honesty, -1 for lack of tolerance to do wrap up the tour before quitting.

How's that rock going that you seem to be living under?

Thessaly

Thessaly said on the 1st Mar, 2012

Obviously too hot, when it overheated my marbles. Gyaah, went back and reread properly. Yeah, says "at the conclusion" (of the tour). For some reason reading Stevil's comment flipped me to think the opposite. O.o
+ 2 then.

theprague

theprague said on the 3rd Mar, 2012

who cares, they suck anyway

grattan

grattan said on the 11th May, 2012

New drummer revealed? Collide at their gig this arvo:

http://desmond.imageshack.us/Himg85/scaled.php?server=85&filename=childrencollidegg2.jpg&res=landing