Finland’s MyGrain has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band’s guitarist:
“Today we have sad news: Resistor is leaving MyGrain. The awesome sold out Nosturi show was his last one with us and now the time has come for him to step aside.
“We faced Resi’s decision with heavy hearts, but this is of course something that has to be accepted and respected. We have played together for nine years and grown to be a family, so the news was not easy to confront. Although our musical collaboration is now ending, the friendship with Resi will continue forever. He will always be a part of this bunch of monkeys and will be seen on our support group in the future.
“Despite of all the setbacks that have occurred this year, we will go full steam ahead, as Resi already mentioned. We have written a lot of new stuff during the long period of silence before ‘Planetary Breathing’ was released so the next album is already in the making. We are also lucky and overwhelmingly enthusiastic to welcome the new guitarist Joni Lahdenkauppi to join MyGrain team! Joni replaced Mr. Downhill on our European tour with Insomnium and Before the Dawn and instantly became a dear new member of MyGrain family. He is an extremely talented and musical guitarist so we feel that the sky is the only limit for the upcoming new material. With him we can develop our sound even further. You will meet him soon on the gigs next year but in the meanwhile, you can check his playing here.
“All the best to Resi! The awesome years with you will never be forgotten.”
Resistor also issued the following statement:
“Dear MyGrain friends, I am sad to tell you that I am going to leave MyGrain. To put it out simply, I just feel that I have given my everything to the band and now it’s time to concentrate on other things in my life. No big drama behind this decision.
“The last 9 years have been so awesome and I am so glad that I have had this great opportunity to make music, play gigs and record four great albums with my good friends. It really has been an amazing journey and a dream come true! The highlight of this has always been the live gigs and playing music for you friends and I know that I’ll really miss that in the future.
“There are too many friends that I would like to thank but I’ll keep this short. Just to name a few, a BIG thank you obviously goes to my brothers and a sister: Janne, Teemu, Tommi, Jonas and Eve for all the great moments we have had on this bumpy road of MyGrain, all the fans I have met and who have been supporting our dear “little hobby”. MyGrain crew: Toni, Glen, Vilma, Mikko and Levytukku crew, Alec Hirst-Gee & Spinefarm, Ville Palmu, Timo Honkanen and everyone who has believed in us in a way or another. You rule!
“This definitely won’t be the end of MyGrain. New winds are blowing the ship forward as we speak, so there will be something totally new and exciting for you… I will miss you all and I hope you’ll keep on supporting the music of MyGrain!”