Old Wounds have officially welcomed frontman Kevin Iavaroni back to the band. With this news, the group have also premiered a new song titled “Only Your Enemies Leave Roses,” via Alternative Press.
Iavaroni said the following about the song:
“We wrote the song right before I decided to leave the band. There was some arguing amongst the bandmates over whether or not it should be released. There’s a sung chorus in there—something we had never done before—but I like to sing and it’s something I’d like to do in some of our newer songs. When I told the band that I wanted to start playing shows with them again, I jokingly told them we’d have to use “the song that has that singing part in it.” [Laughs.] I’m really pleased with the video, too. Before that, all of our videos were just of us playing live. I am incredibly grateful that [the directors] were willing to fly in from California to work on it with us.”
He also added the following about his original departure:
“I was purposely vague in my post and there was a lot of stuff going on in my life that I didn’t feel the need to make a public announcement about. We did a tour with Aiden, we did Warped, we did the Every Time I Die/Beartooth tour. We did four or five consecutive tours where we didn’t take a break, ever.
I’m not trying to hit you with a sad story here, but I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when I was 5. I’ve been in and out of hospitals since that age. [On tour], I felt myself getting sick. I hadn’t taken my meds for quite some time. I wasn’t in a good place physically or mentally.
As soon as I made the announcement that I wanted to step down from the band, I was hospitalized: I made the announcement in late December and on Feb. 1, I was hospitalized. I had so much inflammation, my colon actually turned on its side and I had to get emergency surgery. I had my second surgery this past August.
Me and the guys in Old Wounds come from a long-term friendship. They were telling me, “This isn’t the same without you. Can we find a way to make this work, with both your health and going to hair school?” I was thinking about this. I grew up listening to punk rock music and going to shows. Ever since I was a kid, I wanted to play in a band.
I’m 25 years old, and I felt that I don’t want to be in the biggest band in the world, I just want to see the world and have fun with my friends, you know? I don’t want to be some huge successful dude [in music]; I want to write music that’s important to me and hopefully helpful to other people and others. It’s very therapeutic for me to let out my aggression. I don’t do drugs: Going onstage and performing is my release.”
Head to Alternative Press to read the full interview in which he talks about ex-drummer/vocalist Brandon Gallagher, ex-guitarist Zak Kessler, and more. Speaking of those former members, it is worth noting that band have recruited Exalt guitarist Ben Waugh. Sanction guitarist Lumpy will also join them on live dates.