Old Wounds Reunite With Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni, Premiere New Song “Only Your Enemies Leave Roses”

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.

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Zak Kessler Announces His Departure From Old Wounds

Guitarist Zak Kessler has announced that he is exiting Old Wounds. His departure stems from the band’s decision to play shows with Tourniquet.

Kessler said the following:

“The subject of abuse and assault is not something that should be taken lightly. When a problematic and abusive person is outed by multiple women, it cannot be ignored. I’m speaking directly about Tourniquet and Tyler Burns. This was intentionally kept quiet and I’m not going to let that happen anymore. If you support Tourniquet then please remove yourself from my life.

Hundreds of women live through what Alex Andra and multiple others have lived through everyday, and they are always met with opposition. People would rather condemn a woman for being crazy or mentally unstable than believe that a man in this community is capable of such things. Standing up for marginalized people doesn’t come to a limit, nor does standing up for what you believe in.

I will forever side with women, survivors, and fellow queer identifying people. I will never be complicit in abuse apology. I will never will be complicit with misogyny. With all of this being said, Old Wounds and Good Fight have decided to continue on without me.

There are no founding members left in Old Wounds. I’m not playing anymore shows, I’m not playing on any new recordings. And I’m not fucking sorry for standing up for what I believe is right. Nobody will ever keep me quiet.”

Brandon Gallager Announces His Departure From Old Wounds

Brandon Gallager has announced his departure from Old Wounds. He originally played drums for the band, but has been singing since Kevin Iavaroni left.

Gallagher said the following:

“Without getting into too much detail, it’s time I reveal that I’ve stepped away from Old Wounds. I started the band in 2010 with the intention of traveling, meeting a bunch of rad people, and creating art that I was stoked to represent and even stand up and fight for. I’m incredibly proud of everything that I contributed to get the band to where it is now.

Unfortunately, if you can’t see the vision moving forward, it’s hard to continue to create in that setting, and that’s exactly how I feel. I’m working on a couple new bands that should be seeing the light sooner than later. I’m playing bass in a band called Funeral Fires and we just finished tracking an LP that will probably be out later this year.

My good friend Ryan is flying in tomorrow to collab on a heavy band, that I’ll be doing vocals and playing drums in. No time frame on that, but you’ll be hearing about it sooner than later I’m sure. I’m still heavily involved in doing PR with my company The Chain, and I’m still going to be doing graphic design for bands and projects a like.

To all my friends that I’ve met during this time, hit Brooklyn or NYC on your tour and I’ll tell you what went down over a slice of pizza. Love you all.”

Old Wounds Reveal New Vocalist & Drummer

Old Wounds have announced that drummer Brandon Gallagher will now serve as the band’s vocalist, following the departure of Kevin Iavaroni. Since Gallagher will no longer be drumming, the group have recruited former touring guitarist Matt Guyre for that position. In other news, the band have also posted the below teaser:

Kevin Iavaroni Exits Old Wounds

Vocalist Kevin Iavaroni has announced that he is leaving Old Wounds to focus on his barber career. He made the following Instagram post:

A time and place, and a million friendships. I'm sure some have heard that my time singing for old wounds is coming to an end. Nothing is sacred, and nothing lasts forever. I've decided it's my time to leave the group and focus on my career as a barber. I'm not giving up on punk and hardcore, I've got a few things in the works that can hopefully take shape soon and 100 things I still have to say. Thanks to all the bands that have shared the stage with us and I've grown to love.Thanks to anyone who has supported us while my version of the band existed. Thanks to anyone who put us up and gave us a place to stay. Thanks to anyone who permanently carved lyrics I wrote into there bodies. Thanks to anyone who came to a show and supported us in anyway. Honorable mention to Dave Kent, Don and Larry for putting up with with our bullshit and giving up your lives for however long to road dog with us. I will NOT be playing any last shows, and will NOT be doing any of the January shows. See you in the funny papers.

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