Howard Jones Discusses Changing Devil You Know’s Name To Light The Torch

During an appearance on The Jasta Show, Howard Jones offered more of an explanation for changing Devil You Know’s name to Light The Torch. The main reason was due to issues with the band’s former drummer John Sankey.

Jones said the following:

“First off, it sucks to have to go through all this. I mean this goes without saying. I mean dropping incorporated stuff and trademarks…

At the same time it’s a band name so you’re not thinking… ‘Alright, no big deal, whatever,’ except that [the] record label have spent a lot of money promoting you, they spent a lot of money on the album, you spent a lot of time and effort on it. But we kind of had to do it.

Without going deep—because, I mean I don’t have social media because I really don’t care to tell my business to people—However, there’s really no way to avoid not telling to some extent what happened.

So it basically goes down like this. A lot of things that led up to… Let’s see, like, the summer of last year. It had got to the point where our drummer [John Sankey]—there was a lot of issues. He had been… We had had some fill-in drummers because we were just trying to deal with some internal stuff.”

“He wasn’t out of the band at the time… We had some fill-in drummers because we were trying to deal with internal stuff. And then… Should I just go to the email chain and read this? ‘Cause it would be a lot easier.”

“I’ll simplify it, god cause I hate talking, you know I don’t care about talking about stuff like this.”

“Here it is, it’s like OK, we were having troubles with him and he was doing stuff. So we’re like: ‘Okay, well we’re gonna get a fill-in drummer, deal with what you need to deal with, but things are getting weird, but we gotta keep touring.’

So we gotta kept touring. Then we fired him. And we had to fire him by email because we just couldn’t reach him. We fired him and then it’s like: ‘Look, we got this tour coming up, we’re going to have to make an announcement that we need a new drummer.

So he then proceeded to email and said: ‘No, you can’t put that up without it going through me or my attorney first.’ So we fired him on the 22nd and on the 24th he put out a press release on PRP or whatever, saying that he had decided to step down and move back. Nah, you got fired man.

And we just sat on it for a year because we didn’t want drama. So a year later we are still dealing with this guy trying to buy out his portion, because he had a portion of the name just like all of us, so we tried to buy his portion, he came up with a figure, we said ‘alright, we’ll cut a check.’…”

He later continued:

“It was just the fact that… We were to the point where we had to fire him. Because just everything had acculumated. But then, when he put out a press release [a couple days later] that he stepped down and was like ‘Now I’m gonna focus on the festival’ [at the time Sankey was involved with the failed ‘Legion Music Fest‘] it was like: ‘Dude that’s not how it went down.’ So we just didn’t say anything because I just don’t care about drama. The last thing I’m gonna do is a press release, when do you see me put out a press release?”

He also added:

“Just the fact that he put out that press release and it was just so much false information and it kept going a year later. And it was finally like: ‘Dude, we’ll buy you out, what number?’ He gave a number, ‘Alright, we’ll cut a check’, he then said ‘Nah I don’t think so, I want to keep hold of it.’

It’s not that… We could have kept using the name, but just not with him. And it’s not a matter of percentage, it’s like if Fran [Francesco Artusato] left the band I’d give him his percentage because that’s him, it’s fine. But it’s just, there was just too much.”

[via The PRP]

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Devil You Know Explain Why They Changed Their Name To Light The Torch

Devil You Know have offered an explanation for changing their name to Light The Torch. The main reason was due to “member issues and legalities .”

The band said the following:

“After member issues and legalities continued for a year with no end in sight, we collectively felt it was time to put DYK to rest. Every effort was made to avoid this decision, but it needed/had to be done for the sake of moving forward. We will be forever grateful to those of you who shared that journey with us.

With that said, we decided that this was a perfect time to write and record something truly different, something that reflected what we have been through and what we have become. Our new album is almost done being mixed, and there will be many more details coming in the following days and weeks. We are LIGHT THE TORCH. See you soon.”

They also added:

“LIGHT THE TORCH will absolutely continue to perform Devil You Know songs and, the only way to legally continue would be under this course of action.”

The band’s new album will be released this year via Nuclear Blast.

Devil You Know Change Their Name To Light The Torch

Devil You Know have apparently changed their name to Light The Torch. The band said the following:

“We have officially changed our name to LIGHT THE TORCH! A full statement will be made soon and a new album is very close to being completed. It’s a new beginning and we couldn’t be more excited.”

Devil You Know Partner With Legally Armed America

Devil You Know have announced a new partnership with Legally Armed America, which is a pro-gun TV program and web community. As part of the deal, the band will have their music featured in the network’s content. More info is available HERE.

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Howard Jones said the following:

“The band’s collaboration produces music that is dense, forceful, and brimming with raw urgency. We see the same passion in what Paul Glasco does on Legally Armed America. I speak for each of the band members when I say we’re ardent supporters of the shooting sports lifestyle, and zealous Second Amendment supporters. We’re pleased our songs are woven into the Legally Armed America show, and see our presence as an extension of our support for firearms and the outdoors.”

Nick Augusto (Ex-Trivium) To Drum For Devil You Know For The Rest Of the Year

Devil You Know have revealed that Nick Augusto (ex-Trivium) will be handling the drumming duties for the band for the rest of 2016. Devil You Know posted the following:

“We are excited to announce that Nick Augusto will be playing drums for us for the rest of the year!!!”

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Devil You Know Announce 2017 UK Tour With Westfield Massacre, Wearing Scars, & Brutai

Devil You Know have announced ta 2017 UK headlining tour. The band will also be joined by special guests Westfield Massacre, Wearing Scars and Brutai.

UK!!! This is happening!!!

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Tour dates:

01/10 Milton Keynes, UK – Crauford Arms
01/11 Norwich, UK – Waterfront Studio
01/12 York, UK – Fibbers
01/13 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute 2
01/14 Manchester, UK – Sound Control
01/15 Chester, UK – The Live Rooms
01/17 Glasgow, UK – G2
01/18 Newcastle, UK – The Cluny
01/19 Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
01/20 Sheffield, UK – Corporation
01/21 London, UK – Underworld
01/22 Swansea, UK – The Scene
01/24 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
01/25 Southampton, UK – Talking Heads

John Sankey Exits Devil You Know

John Sankey has officially exited Devil You Know. This news comes after the drummer missed multiple tours with the band, so he could focus on his upcoming festival in Australia.

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The band said the following:

“We have decided to part ways with drummer John Sankey and will be back on the road this fall. We are NOT taking any unsolicited drummer audition videos. Big news in the coming weeks!!!”

Sankey added:

“After communications over the last few weeks, my band Devil You Know and I have decided that I move on from my role as drummer.

I’m currently working on establishing the Legion Open Air Music Festival in Australia and with imminent major announcements coming in the near future I simply no longer have the time to commit to both projects.

I have lived abroad in Los Angeles for 15 years dedicating 100% of my time and energy on my career as a touring musician and have lived out my dreams performing all over the world.

I am now ready to pursue other avenues and am very excited for a change where I can use my experience and knowledge of the industry to help provide the Australian metal and hard rock scene with a new live music platform.

I’m extremely proud of being a founding member of Devil You Know and will always respect what we have achieved, it’s been an awesome ride and I wish Hojo, Fran and Womby nothing but the best as they continue to kick ass into the future!”