Twelve Foot Ninja To Part Ways With Vocalist Nik “Kin Etik” Barker

Twelve Foot Ninja have announced the departure of vocalist Nik “Kin Etik” Barker. He will be exiting the group following their upcoming Australian shows.

The band said the following:

“IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Our vocalist, Nik Barker (Kin), has made the difficult decision to leave Twelve Foot Ninja. Below are statements from Nik and Stevic to elaborate personally. In the meantime, here are the key points:

– We’re all alright, everyone is still good mates!
– Twelve Foot Ninja will continue with Stevic, Russ and Ro.
– All Australian shows are going ahead with Nik (and new touring bassist, Dave). Planning of a final AUS tour with Nik is in the works. Sign up to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on any announcements: www.twelvefootninja.com/sign-up
– Twelve Foot Ninja remains committed to our European tour in 2023.
– Twelve Foot Ninja will be looking for a new vocalist. Visit www.twelvefootninja.com/newsinger

Barker also issued his own statement:

“After 14 years, hundreds of beers, a few albums, and a couple of tours, with my favourite knuckleheads, I have made the difficult decision to end my tenure as vocalist of Twelve Foot Ninja.

Being a member of TFN has allowed me to travel the world, meet, and connect with a multitude of awesome people, and experience things that most would only dream of.

To those who have supported me over the years, and have believed in me when I couldn’t, you have my eternal gratitude.

As to the “Why?” The creative tension between Steve and I has contributed to some great music that I’m truly proud of. But also, it has taken its cumulative toll and I feel creatively fatigued in this particular dynamic.

It has reached a point of taking more than I feel I can give to it, and this would eventually be to the detriment of the music. I’m proud that we were able to make our differences work for so long, and to still come out the other end as good mates. I have so much love, and admiration for Steve, and his work ethic. He has pushed me to grow in a lot of ways, and I thank him for his patience, and persistence.

However, as hard as it is to leave, I feel ready to step away from this role. I will continue with TFN into 2022, and together we’ll find a killer singer to take my place, and join the band on this next phase of its evolution.

I’m looking forward to smashing out the remainder of my shows with the lads, and close out this chapter, in celebration. It’s the touring side of being in a band that I love the most, and it has been awesome to tour with TFN, and all of the bands we have had the pleasure of sharing a stage with.

This will be an emotional time, as I’m going to miss these magnificent bastards.
I know this will be disappointing, and may draw the ire of some, but you must know, that this decision was amicable, and not taken lightly. I ask for your understanding.

Much love,
–Nik.”

Guitarist Steve “Stevic MacKay added:

“I had a couple of explanations lined up in consultation with Nik…The best one was an elaborate ruse about Nik following his passion for soap making…But we decided truth is more appropriate given the disappointment we know some of you will feel about this announcement; and to those people…we wanted to provide more than the obligatory cut and paste “band member leaving post” out of respect for your support, and your attachment to this band.

Nik and I are very philosophically different. I’ve cultivated a culture prioritising best objective driven outcomes above personal emotion. Nik, like a lot of creative people, is primarily driven by emotion (i.e. what “feels” good). I am not like that, and although the resultant collision of these two values has positively influenced our music; it causes a lot of friction in the process, and after 14 years, the cost/benefit ratio for Nik isn’t stacking up. Which I completely get.

I subscribe to the idea that nothing great can be achieved without discomfort…However, the operative concept is; what does “great” even look like? How is it measured? And then one has to reconcile with the fact that answers may differ person to person. Cost vs benefit is subjective.

“The most important question of your life” https://markmanson.net/question (written by Mark Manson) extrapolates on this better than I can in a short post. Suffice to say, not everyone’s version of what is beneficial matches the appraisal of the cost (or risk) to obtain said “benefit”.

In summary: I’m like a robot programmed to attack tasks until the desired outcome is reached, and Nik is a spiritual earthling who wants to be happy…And in this industry, with the return we get…I can’t blame him for wanting something more. He’s a dad, he’s a talented dude and life is too short to be unhappy. I speak on behalf of everyone in the band when I say we love him, we want the best for him and his family, we support his choice and we look forward to our last upcoming shows with Nik.

I just have two requests of anyone reading this:

1. Please don’t hassle Nik. Relentless pestering from complete strangers is not going to alter his decision. If anything; celebrate the closing of this chapter of Twelve Foot Ninja with him (& us).

2. Please don’t hassle band members. We just want to enjoy our time with Nik still in the band and look forward to finding a killer new vocalist.

We understand a lot of people will be upset by this news and it’s possibly redundant to point out…but this is more impactful/important to us than anyone else. So if you feel compelled to give us advice, or complain directly to us; I humbly suggest you refocus that energy into a discrete Alaskan Pipeline.

Thank you for understanding.

Lastly, as much as we’re sad that Nik is moving on, we’re also grateful for the rare opportunity to have a year’s notice to find a new singer. We are energised by the prospect of finding someone totally new whose voice will blow our minds and inspire us to write new music that will blow yours. We want everyone to be blown.
–Stevic“

Twelve Foot Ninja Reschedule European/UK Tour For 2023

Twelve Foot Ninja have been forced to postpone their European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled for 2023.

2023 Tour Dates:

02/15 Bristol, UK – The Trinity
02/16 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute2
02/18 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
02/19 Belfast, IRE – Limelight 2
02/21 Glasgow, UK – G2
02/22 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
02/24 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
02/25 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
02/27 Leiden, GER – De Nobel
02/28 Cologne, GER – Luxor
03/02 Hamburg, GER – Knust
03/03 Copenhagen, DEN – Vega
03/04 Berlin, GER – SO36
03/06 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
03/07 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
03/09 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp Halfhouse
03/10 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
03/12 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo
03/13 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
03/14 Lyon, FRA – CCO
03/16 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
03/17 Madrid, SPA – Shoko
03/18 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
03/21 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie

The band commented:

“Due to the evolving covid situation in Europe, we are postponing our Vengeance tour dates of UK/Europe until early 2023. All tickets remain valid for the revised dates. It’s an unpredictable world we’re living in right now, and we’re super disappointed that we have to postpone UK/Europe, especially as its selling so well. We understand some of you will be disappointed like us. Our management and booking agent have worked hard to secure dates in early 2023. So, we’re down but not out! Aussie shows are still ploughing ahead in full force but moving international touring back will ensure the safety of our fans, crew, and families. We ask for your understanding. See you in 2023″

Twelve Foot Ninja Premiere New Video For “Over And Out” Featuring Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk

Twelve Foot Ninja have premiered a new video for their latest single “Over And Out.” This track features Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk and it will appear on the band’s new album “Vengeance.” As previously reported, that effort will be released on October 15 alongside a graphic novel of the same name and a new “high fantasy” novel titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf.” Guitarist Stevic MacKay said the following about the clip:

“A man covered in cow shit wanders the Australian bush seeking clarity. Tortured by recurring dreams about having no face, meeting the ferryman in a Finnish swamp, old twitchy people with straw heads, vacuuming the forest, cradling a pike and squash playing goat people who spoil Christmas and drink everyone’s dregs…The only obvious thing to do is find a door Goblin to suck ‘dream gravy’ (aka Vegemite) off his fingers so he can teleport to a Ukrainian mechanical genie to blow his mind with Australian metaphors about being fucked in the head.”

Twelve Foot Ninja Premiere New Song “Over And Out” Featuring Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk

Twelve Foot Ninja have premiered a new song titled “Over And Out.” This track features Jinjer’s Tatiana Shmailyuk and it will appear on the band’s new album “Vengeance.” As previously reported, that effort will be released on October 15 alongside a graphic novel of the same name and a new “high fantasy” novel titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf.”

Twelve Foot Ninja’s Kin Etik commented:

“The song is an ode to the complicated relationship we have with our own mortality and how death can seem like the arms of a lover beckoning us to an early demise. The French first coined the phrase ‘l’appel du vide,’ which is the feeling of wondering what it would be like to jump in front of a truck or to jump off a cliff. It translates into English as the ‘call of the void.’ The phenomenon is actually a positive affirmation that by not answering the call you unequivocally choose life.”

He also commented on working with Shmailyuk:

“We wanted someone who could represent the lyric ‘the devil in my blood’ – both the darkness and the light. Tatiana embodies what we needed for this track perfectly so asking her to feature on it was a no brainer. Her band Jinjer and Twelve Foot Ninja have played together a number of times and we instantly connected the first time we met in the Ukraine capital Kyiv. We’ve since tom to respect Tatiana as a musician and as a human so we’re stoked she’s agreed to jump on this track.”

Shmailyuk added:

“When the TFN guys asked me to feature on one of their new tracks, I immediately said yes without even hearing it! The song and video were a lot of fun and very different from anything I’ve done with Jinjer… it’s a great pleasure to be an honorary member of the Twelve Foot Ninja clan now!”

Twelve Foot Ninja Announce Australian & European/UK Tours

Twelve Foot Ninja have announced a 2021 Australian tour and a 2022 European/UK tour. The band will be touring in support of their new album “Vengeance,“ which will be released on October 15.

Tour Dates:

2021

10/14 Adelaide, AUS – The Governor
10/16 Brisbane, AUS – The Princess Theatre
10/21 Melbourne, AUS – The Croxton

2022:

02/16 Bristol, UK – The Trinity
02/17 Birmingham, UK – O2 Institute2
02/19 Dublin, IRE – Voodoo Lounge
02/20 Belfast, IRE – Limelight 2
02/22 Glasgow, UK – G2
02/23 Manchester, UK – Academy 3
02/25 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
02/26 London, UK – O2 Academy Islington
03/01 Cologne, GER – Luxor
03/03 Hamburg, GER – Knust
03/04 Copenhagen, DEN – Pumpehuset
03/05 Berlin, GER – SO36
03/07 Warsaw, POL – Hydrozagadka
03/08 Prague, CZE – Rock Cafe
03/10 Frankfurt, GER – Batschkapp Halfhouse
03/11 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
03/12 Zurich, SWI – Komplex Klub
03/14 Milan, ITA – Legend Club
03/15 Lyon, FRA – CCO
03/17 Bilbao, SPA – Stage Live
03/18 Madrid, SPA – Shoko
03/19 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz 2
03/22 Paris, FRA – La Maroquinerie

Twelve Foot Ninja Announce New Album, Book, And Graphic Novel

Twelve Foot Ninja will be releasing a new album, titled “Vengeance,” on October 15. The effort will be released alongside a new “high fantasy” novel, titled “The Wyvern And The Wolf,” and a graphic novel, titled “Vengeance.“

The book was written by Nicholas Snelling and the following was said about it in a press release:

“Set in a grim and savage world, ‘The Wyvern And The Wolf tells the tale of an orphaned samurai boy named Kiyoshi who is adopted by the ruthless leader of a clan of ninja. Much more than a mere origin story, however, the novel is a tour de force in fantasy fiction and world-building, and represents a unique partnership with Snelling. Published by The Venn Gents, the novel can be pre-ordered now from www.twelvefootninja.com. The original story of the Twelve Foot Ninja was conceived by [guitarist, Stevic] MacKay and his partner Fiona Permezel. It was that concept which first inspired ‘The Wyvern and The Wolf.’”

The following was also added about the graphic novel:

“Also available now from the band’s website is the graphic novel ‘Vengeance,’ written by Mackay with artwork by George Evangelista. The graphic novel sees the band’s namesake, the Twelve Foot Ninja, journey through alternate dimensions to take on an evil alien entity.”

Guitarist Stevic Mackay commented:

“This is an exorcism of content that’s spent a decade in gestation. ‘Catharsis’ is close to what it feels like to finally share Kiyoshi’s story; and I guess respond to all questions pertaining to our name; All this time, so many have thought ‘Twelve Foot Ninja’ was tongue-in-cheek, when in actuality, the story’s genesis occurred a year before the formation of the band. I really hope our fans enjoy the vastness of what we’ve created, and we’re able to continue to surprise people with new methods of storytelling.”

In other news, the band have also shared the track listing for “Vengeance.” You can check that out below:

01. “Start The Fire”
02. “Long Way Home”
03. “Vengeance”
04. “IDK”
05. “Shock To The System”
06. “Gone”
07. “Culture War”
08. “Dead End”
09. “Over And Out”
10. “Tangled”

A new video for the record’s latest single,“Start The Fire,“ can be found below. Mackay said the following about that:

“‘Start The Fire‘ drew lyrical inspiration from Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s portrayal of the Joker. When you start treating people according to broad prejudice, they’re left with little reason not to become what they’re supposedly guilty of already being. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

The video concept revolves around the threat of total annihilation. The strung-up band is being injected with a copper-based enzyme that, when mixed with human blood, can be extracted to power up current collector fuel cells (purposed for reanimating Primordian bio-technology). The band’s performance is a shared, mutual delusion. It’s all pretty straight-forward, really.”

Twelve Foot Ninja Premiere New Song “Start The Fire”

Twelve Foot Ninja have premiered a new song titled “Start The Fire.” The track is expected to appear on the band’s upcoming album. Stevic Mackay commented:

“‘Start The Fire‘ drew lyrical inspiration from Todd Phillips and Scott Silver’s portrayal of the Joker. When you start treating people according to broad prejudice, they may see little reason not to become what they’re supposedly guilty of already being. It can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

Twelve Foot Ninja To Release New Single “Start The Fire” On Friday

Twelve Foot Ninja have announced that they will be releasing a new single, titled “Start The Fire,” this Friday (July 9). This news comes after the band released another single, titled “Long Way Home,” earlier this year.

Twelve Foot Ninja Debut “Long Way Home” Music Video Through Steve “Stevic” MacKay’s New Video Game

Twelve Foot Ninja’s Steve “Stevic” MacKay has released a new video game called “Brusnik’s Long Way Home.” You can play that HERE. Notably, after fans complete the game they are granted access to a music video for the band’s new song “Long Way Home.” If you don’t want to try the game, you can also watch the clip below:

MacKay commented:

“There’s nothing like a global pandemic to shake the Etch A Sketch. I decided to get addicted to caffeine and throw a year of my life at making a video game…And like chucking a bag of shrunken heads into a Hadron Collider; I’ve never done it before, had no reason to believe I could do it, and didn’t know what would happen if I did…But here we bloody are! We are here, aren’t we?

I assembled a gang of willing rogues to prepare this sacrifice for your enjoyment; in the hope you will be pleased and bless us with your financial support and encouragement to continue. There would be nothing funnier to me than Brusnik becoming a legit game franchise (replete with his own line of rat poison).

Huge thank you to Mathew Chalker who salvaged my code equivalent of when Seth Brundle accidentally merged with his Telepod in The Fly and was a putrid mess on the floor.

Now we have our little syndicate of misfits; help us level up by shouting us a beer; and by that I mean, putting the money that would buy a beer that just gets pissed out…Into something worthwhile, like a rad game.”

Twelve Foot Ninja Drummer Shane Russell’s Significant Other Battling Cancer, GoFundMe Launched

Jolene Anderson, the significant other of Twelve Foot Ninja drummer Shane Russell, is sadly battling cancer. You can help her out by donating via GoFundMe.

Jolene‘s sister Naomi commented:

“This is my sister Jolene. What should be an amazing time in her life with the new arrival of her second daughter Layla, has become nothing short of a nightmare we cannot awake from.

In 2018, unbeknown to her family and most friends, Jolene battled a silent fight with Breast Cancer, with the love and support of her partner Shane by her side. 2018 was a tough one for our family, and Jolene selflessly didn’t want to worry anyone as she underwent IVF egg preservation, breast surgery & radiation. During that time Jolene continued working full time and raising their 18 month old daughter, Chloe.

During 2019 Jolene did extensive tests to make sure her attempt for another child would be safe. She received the all clear and Layla was welcomed into the world one year later.

During her pregnancy she had worrying symptoms but they were passed off as pregnancy related. Jolene requested further investigation after the problems continued postpartum.

On 29th May 2020, Jolene was given the news no mother can bare to hear: she has Stage 4 Colorectal Cancer which has metastasised to her Liver. It’s a separate and unrelated cancer to her earlier breast cancer. But this time the cancer is inoperable, it’s incurable and it’s aggressive.

This cancer has a genetic mutation called BRAFV600E and is extremely rare, and prognosis is poor with an on average life expectancy of 2-5 years. Her beautiful girls may never remember their mother.”

[via The PRP]