It has recently come to light that Skeletonwitch vocalist Chance Garnette has been ousted from the band. These situations tend to go one of two ways – peaceful or not so peaceful. In this case, it's leaning towards the later. As with such situations, different sides of the story come to light. In this case, we'll show you statement from the band then the statement from Chance Garnette himself (provided to Metal Injection).
First, the band:
"Lately there have been a lot of rumors, speculation, and assumptions, regarding Skeletonwitch. We want to set the record straight. Unfortunately, Chance is unable to finish out the tour as he has some serious personal matters to attend to. We ask you to respect his and our privacy regarding these matters. This obviously left us with a very difficult decision to make and we've decided to finish out the tour as a 4-piece. We made the assumption that Skeletonwitch fans attending the shows would rather see 4 of us ripping through our songs, than a piece of paper on the door announcing our cancellation. If the first 2 shows were any indication, we assumed correctly.
"You have our sincerest apologies for not being able to bring you the full show, and for canceling the stop in Albany. We thank everyone for their understanding and their support now and in the future. Please come out to the remaining shows for riffs, beers, and hi-fives with us. At the risk of sounding too sentimental, music is equally important, if not more so, during rough times as well as the good.
"Skeletonwitch is not going anywhere. See you soon."
Now, here's the statement from Chance (as provided to Metal Injection):
Hey everyone, Chance here. So, let me get into this whole thing in regards to what's up between myself and Skeletonwitch right now.
To put it simply, I have a drinking problem. I regularly became a drunk asshole off stage and was fired. Did I just up and split in the middle of tour, leaving the band to solider on as heroes instrumentally as indicated by all the reports? No. I was left behind, unsure about anything, with no communication. It was my girlfriend who told me they were firing me from the band. Two days later, when I could get someone to take my call, I asked "Is this it? Am I fired?". I was told, "Right now, you're not the singer in Skeletonwitch" and that the band would be finishing the tour instrumentally.
If I had been given the opportunity beforehand to change what was wrong, or been told "Dude, you're too much, we can't take this shit, shape up or hit the bricks" then of course I would have. I mean, I've poured everything into this band for 11 years. It's been the first thing I think of when I wake up and last thing I think of before bed for that long. You know, the last person to see who's being an asshole is the person being the asshole. That was me, Guilty. I should have been able to recognize my own mistakes and faults and be able to fix my own shit. I'm not blaming anyone for not coming to me with an ultimatum about my behavior.
I wish something like that would have happened, it didn't, what can I do? I'm not making an excuse for myself here, I own this; it's all mine. What do they say? Wish in one hand and shit in the other and what are you left holding? Well I'm holding it…with both hands.
Did I go home to address "serious issues"? Yes, absolutely. Upon arriving home I immediately sought help via a local intensive out patient program because if there was to be any hope of a future with the band, I had to change, no question. There's no excuse for blacking out and turning into a raging lunatic, not remembering what you have done the night before. Honestly, I still have no recollection of certain events even as I type this is. Look, I admit it; I fucked up. I can't change the past. I can only change the present and the future and am continuing to try to do just that.
I apologize to everyone that didn't get the full Skeletonwitch live show during the last half of the Amon Amarth tour late last year and to everyone in Europe that was expecting to see me front the band during the current festival/headline run. Believe me, I wanted to be there then and I want to be there now. I found out Skeletonwitch had a fill in vocalist for the current tour the same way everyone else did a couple days ago: on the internet.
So, that's that, guys. I don't feel I am finished artistically. I don't feel my well has run dry lyrically. I'm still "Breathing the Fire". I'm sitting on notebooks full of ideas and I hope I get to perform for you guys again in the not so distant future. If I get that opportunity, I won't let you guys down. Thanks for everything, I hope to see all of you again.