Motograter’s Noah “Shark” Robertson recently wrote a letter saying Tommy Gibbons (ex-Tantric) left Flaw mid-tour, due to Chris Volz’s addiction issues, and that Volz needed to get help. Now, Flaw’s Jason Daunt has responded with a message on the band’s Facebook page. You can read that in the below screenshot:
[via The PRP]
Tommy Gibbons (ex-Tantric) reportedly left Flaw mid-tour, due to Chris Volz’s addiction issues. This news comes from Motograter’s Noah “Shark” Robertson, who wrote a letter urging Volz to get help.
Robertson said the following:
“I’m traveling home from the recent Motograter tour as I type this message. Ironically enough I was listening to the latest Flaw album and felt compelled to pull over and get this out. I’m almost certain I will receive some sort of backlash from this, but I can’t say that I care. I can no longer stay silent…
My intention here is not to slander anyone or call anyone out. I’m hoping that by saying something it will shine a light on the matter and he will get the help that he needs. And I certainly don’t want to roll Tommy under the bus, but something tells me he will understand. Yesterday I received a random Facebook message from Tommy Gibbons… he proceeds to tell me I was right about Chris and that he has left Flaw, mid-tour, due to Chris Volz‘s problems with addiction.
As many of you may remember Motograter recently toured with Flaw. As a long time fan of the band, it was one of the highlights of my music career. After the tour, Chris and I had an unpleasant public exchange through the media… He was randomly talking shit about Motograter and my record label, Zombie Shark Records. It took me by complete surprise.
Mostly because I have been massively inspired by Chris and his music, for as long as I can remember. I’m speaking out about this because I truly wish him the best and I’m hoping that my words today will somehow bring him one step closer to seeking help and conquering his demons. His beautiful voice and powerful lyrics inspire many other people, just like me, all over the world… and I’d love to see him recover so that he can continue to make music that changes and saves lives. His friends, family, and fans need him well!
This is my letter…
In your own words Mr. Volz,
“I’m trying to save you from a fatal fall
‘Cause I don’t think that you can take it
You gotta stop before you lose it all
And find the strength so you can make it”
Noah “Shark” Robertson
P.S. This isn’t the first time I have been contacted by ex-members of Flaw. Among others, I was recently contacted by Chris Ballinger, former drummer of Flaw. He had some harsh words but underneath it all, it only eludes to the fact that Chris needs help.”
[via The PRP]
Flaw have announced that they will release a new EP titled “United We Stand” on September 1. That release will come with live tracks and b-sides from “Divided We Fall.”
Flaw and A Killer’s Confession‘s (ex-Mushroomhead) have announced a summer tour together. You can see the initial dates for that below.
07/07 Lubbock, TX – Jakes
07/08 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse
07/12 Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
07/14 Mansfield, OH – Ohio State Reformatory MRPS
07/15 Cleveland, OH – Agora
07/16 Halethorpe, MD – Fish Head Cantina
07/18 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
07/19 Reading, PA – Reverb
07/21 Battle Creek, MI – The Music Factory
07/22 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
07/23 Braidwood, IL – Top Fuel Saloon
07/26 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
07/29 Harker Heights, TX – All Bottoms Up
Flaw have announced a 2017 tour with Righteous Vendetta and Source. Check out the dates for that below.
02/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Liquid Joes
02/17 Colorado Springs, CO – Sunshine Studios
02/18 Merriam, KS – Aftershock
02/19 Tulsa, OK – The Shrine
02/20 Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
02/21 Wichita, KS – The Elbow Room
02/23 Hendersonville, TN – The Revelry
02/24 Clarksville, TN – The Warehouse
02/25 Birmingham, AL – TBA
02/26 Knoxville, TN – Open Chord
02/28 Spartanburg, SC – Ground Zero
03/03 Baltimore, MD – Fish Head Cantina
03/05 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
03/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
03/09 Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club
03/10 Flint, MI – The Machine Shop
03/11 Mansfield, OH – Whisky Warehouse
03/12 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
03/14 Valparaiso, IN – Big Shots
03/15 Dubuque, IA – The Venue
03/17 Janesville, WI – Backbar
03/19 St. Louis, MO – Firebird
03/21 Omaha, NE – Lookout Lounge
Yesterday it was revealed that Tommy Gibbons was added to Flaw’s lineup as a second guitarist. Now, the band have also announced the addition of bassist Jeff Dickie and drummer Skyler Martin.
Chris Volz said the following:
I wanted to make an official announcement to all our fans, friends, and family about the recent moves and changes that you may have seen us go through over the past month. Unfortunately, in this business, sometimes things happen that are beyond our control. As many of you already know, we have gone through numerous member changes over the past 16 years, but have always remained true to the FLAW mission and message, and have always come out stronger on the other side.
This has happened once again with the departure of our newest drummer and bass player. This is never an easy situation to deal with, especially when the reasons involved deal with family or health. We wish both Corey [Sturgill] and Ryan [Jurhs] success in their future endeavors, but the Flaw message, and the show, must go on!
With that being said, myself and management, along with full label support, have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks, to remedy the situation and right the ship. We have done just that, and are extremely excited to announce to you the new members of FLAW‘s line-up. This is truly going to be an amazing step in the right direction!
FLAW line-up 2017:
Chris Volz – Vocals
Jay Daunt – Guitar
Tommy Gibbons – Guitar
Jeff Dickie – Bass
Skyler Martin – Drums
We are stoked for all of you to hear and see the new line-up in action, and witness the growth that has transpired from this situation! We will be touring relentlessly throughout 2017, starting on Jan. 13th in Clarksville, TN. Thank you all so much for your continued support, and we will see you very soon on tour (in a city near you)!
Tommy Gibbons (ex-Tantric) has joined Flaw as their second guitarist. This is just the latest lineup change for the band, who recently parted ways with Corey Sturgill. It is unknown who will replace him however.