Sunday, March 28, 2010
In anticipation for next week's Roman Traffic concert at The Church in Boston, MA, the band have posted a brand new song, and sadly the last with current lead singer Benjamin Grenville. Here's what the guys had to say on both of the matters...
"We introduce to you "Old New", our final song with Ben. It was a great experience working on this song. We tracked drums with producer Alex "The Greek" Hatziyannis at Old Folks Home Studios and he also helped out by mastering the track for us. The rest was recorded and mixed on our own (and mostly by our very own Matty A). It was a lot of work but the five of us had an amazing time working together. We hope you all enjoy it."
"We regretfully announce that our vocalist Ben will be leaving Roman Traffic due to personal reasons. We have had many great years of writing, collaborating, recording and touring with Ben, not to mention the brotherhood bond that bandmates ultimately enjoy. He will be sorely missed, and we wish him all the luck in the world moving forward in life.
We will be rocking at Church of Boston on April 2nd as a send off show for our friend. It's also an Animal Shirt party, so wear your finest Animal tee and have a kick ass night with us!
Even losing such an important piece like Ben will not end Roman Traffic. We will be continuing on as a foursome until we can fill the missing role. Keep coming back for updates on our progress as we move on to the next chapter of Roman Traffic’s existence.
We would like to thank everyone for listening to our efforts with Ben as vocalist, and for supporting us through thick and thin."
This news has devastated myself, and I'm surely not the only one. Roman Traffic with Ben as their lead singer have been one of my absolute favorite bands since the first time I played Calico, and were always the band I secretly wanted to launch my record label with as the flagship artist. Ben will be greatly missed here at ExplodingInSound.com, but I have no doubt that the rest of the guys will continue moving forward making quality music. IF YOU LIVE IN BOSTON, DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE TO CATCH THIS LINE-UP ONE LAST TIME. They are seriously an incredible live band, and I hope to see you there!
Posted by Dan Goldin at 1:41 AM