Evan Pharmakis (guitars, vocals) and Chris Campbell (drums) have left Vanna, the band announced today. Pharmakis has been replaced by guitarist Joel Pastuszak, while no permanent replacement for Campbell has been announced. Read the statement from the band below:
"In the world of music members in bands make choices every day to move onto other things, be it new projects, start families, or begin a different career path. The internet is abound with drama and opinions when this happens, but the fact is that this is a part of everyday life in the music industry. These hard choices usually affect the band members' left behind as well as the label, management and most importantly the fans. Most rise up and charge on. This is the case with Boston's own Vanna. Evan Pharmakis (guitarist/vocalist)and Chris Campbell (drummer) have chosen to part ways with the band and move forward. They have decided that the touring life isn't for them any longer and do not wish to continue doing so. This doesn't come as a surprise to the band or those close to us. Evan has been dealing with this choice for almost a year now, and Chris has missed a few tours the past few months as well in order to work and focus on home. They both have family obligations as well as financial reasons for leaving their spots behind and everyone in our camp stands behind and supports them in making these very hard decisions. They feel that staying home and no longer touring with the band is the best possible decision for them as well as us.
"We are happy that they have been honest and have given us the opportunity to find people that want it too. We want to be on the road and playing music with people who are in it 100% and love this with all their heart. We never want to hold anyone back and wish them both the best in their future endeavors. With that being said, we will be moving forward on the best year of touring this band has ever seen or done.
"We've added new Guitarist/Vocalist Joel Pastuszak to the fold and couldn't be happier with him. Joel has played and toured in many New England based bands . We've actually been working with Joel for quite a while, knowing Evan's situation, and can't wait for all of you to meet and hear/see him on the road with us. He's already very much a part of the family.
"As far as drummers, we have fill-ins lined up and we are ready to get out on the road to see all of you and keep this non-stop train moving, as there is no way we'll be slowing down. We are currently headlining Europe and the United Kingdom, followed by the Artery Sick Tour in the U.S., then right into Vans Warped Tour this summer with writing and recording plans in the future as well.
"We know this will come as a surprise to a lot of you, but just understand this, Vanna is an idea, a passion, a movement - it's not about the people, it's about the music and love for what we do, and believe us, we have more passion and love for this now than we ever have. If you believe in the music, if it means something to you, and always has, don't stop the support, keep it up. We need you now more than ever. Come out to a show, meet Joel, hang with us and let's keep this community alive and well. We love you guys with our whole hearts! This is a big year, be a part of it with us."