Yashira have welcomed Ryan O’Neal to the band as their new drummer. He will be taking over for Seth Howard, who sadly passed away one year ago today (December 29).
“Hello, all. It’s time for an update:
We’ve spent much of this past year reflecting and reorganizing to continue moving forward with the vision the four of us created. Not only is this something we feel we need to do, but also what we know Seth would want us to do. We’re joined now by our good friend Ryan O’Neal (Seraph/The Light, Autolith), a truly incredible talent and all-around great person. We’re grateful for him jumping in to continue this venture with us.
We will be heading to Connecticut at the end of January to record our second full length at Silver Bullet Studios with Gregory James Thomas. It will be released via Good Fight Music. We’ve spent a great deal of time making this collection of songs something we’re all very proud of. In light of last year’s events, we were forced into being the most honest versions of ourselves and the direction of our new material is an absolute reflection of this. We hope you enjoy and resonate with the next stages of this journey.
This year has revealed much about our collective abilities. By using lessons learned through loss to continue pushing forward, we’ve realized all of this is much larger than ourselves. To everyone who has stuck by us, we could never properly express our gratitude. The support we’ve received from you all has opened our eyes to how truly special this thing we’ve built really is. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all so much.
You’ll be hearing more from us soon.
–Dylan, Connor, Luke, and Ryan“
The group also shared a new tribute for Howard to mark the first anniversary of his death:
“One year. It feels like yesterday and a decade all at the same time. I’ll never forget receiving the news, the feeling of complete emptiness and disbelief. A feeling our minds revisit on a nearly constant basis.
It’s impossible to convey the impact Seth made on us and all who knew him. How lucky we are to have known a person like him in such an honest and meaningful way. He changed our lives for the better and if you knew him, he did the same for you. We will never forget the joy he brought to us making our time spent with him some of the greatest days of our lives.
We love you endlessly.
We miss you constantly.
04/13/94 – 12/29/18″