The Faceless’ Derek Rydquist has confirmed his departure from the group in a statement to Lambgoat.
“As you Internet sleuths have deduced, I have left The Faceless,” he says. “I left the band a couple months ago, and we were waiting until they had everything sorted out on their end before saying anything about it, but I guess I’ll take it upon myself to break the news. I am no longer emotionally or artistically fulfilled by being the vocalist for the group, and that’s how I arrived at my decision.”
Derek said that the luster of touring’s worn off, “and I have found myself reconsidering the role I would like to take in creating and presenting music. Also, being a ‘professional musician’ was kind of ruining my love for music because when you rely on this stuff to make you money, as with anything, it is easy to become bitter towards it. Not that it was all bad, I had the best times I will ever have being in this band, but it is time for me to move on.
“I’d like to thank the band and the friends I’ve made through the band for making this not only a life altering experience, but a life shaping one,” he continued. “There is an immense amount of talent in this band, and the new vocalist they have is doing a great job, so please keep supporting The Faceless. I can now join you in anticipating the new album.”
Geoff Ficco (of Kamikabe, Orgone fame) has been handling vocals for the band in recent weeks.