UPDATE: All That Remains have now confirmed that Jason Richardson is an official member of the band.
During a new interview with Decibel, Phil Labonte confirmed that All That Remains have yet to choose an official replacement for the late Oli Herbert. For now, Jason Richardson (ex-Chelsea Grin/Born Of Osiris) has been filling in and will continue to do so on the group’s co-headlining tour with Attila.
Labonte said the following about touring without Herbert:
“I don’t know. It’s tough for me to answer that kind of question. It’s still really new. In the 20 years’ time that All That Remains has been a band, there’s only been one tour where Oli wasn’t ever playing lead guitar. I don’t know how to process that yet, I’m not sure how I feel about it yet.”
“It was one tour and we don’t have someone that’s actually “the guy” yet. We haven’t discussed whether Jason wants to join the band full time, we haven’t discussed whether or not we want to have Jason join the band. We’re not even at that point yet, so I don’t know.”
He also explained how Richardson was brought on as a fill-in:
“Well we had toured with Born of Osiris when Jason was in that band and him and Oli had hit it off and become buddies. I’m not sure exactly how much they stayed in contact, but I knew that they would hang out and talk guitar and listen to music and stuff, so when Oli passed away, Jason did a cover of him playing ‘Chiron‘ and then Aaron [Patrick], our bass player, reached out to Jason and said ‘Hey, you sounded really good. Would you be interested in filling in if we went and needed you to come aboard?’
He was like ‘Yeah, dude, I’d love to’ and he did an amazing job. He came in and nailed everything and really kind of saved our ass. He made it easier on us when it comes to the grieving side of it. It relieved pressure about this stuff, the business side that we had planned.
The personal side is easier to handle and cope with. The more pressures you can relieve on a situation, the better.”