Tommy Gibbons (Ex-Flaw): “I’ve Decided To Completely Step Away From Music”

As previously reported, Flaw recently parted ways with guitarist/bassist Tommy Gibbons after he took the blame for the plagiarism allegations against the band. Now, Gibbons has issued a new statement saying he has “decided to completely step away from music.”

Gibbons said the following:

“Hey guys it’s been awhile and I’m just gonna get right to the point. I’ve decided to completely step away from music. I have no regrets and I’ve had an amazing and I mean amazing time!

Now it’s time for the next chapter of my life. Gonna focus on my son, enjoy the Holidays with my family and maybe even try to dabble in the family business. Who knows?

That’s the best part of life. Sometimes you just need to press restart. To all those who truly supported me I say thank you and I love you all.”

In related news, Flaw have since cancelled their remaining 2019 dates. The band are currently working on new music and are trying to rebuild their lineup. Chris Volz said the following about that:

“Hey Flaw Family, just wanted to give everyone a heads up about our recent progress and plans for the future. We had 5 concerts left to perform this year that we are postponing and re-scheduling for next year-2020 (all pre-sale tix will be honored)….

We are taking the rest of the year off to get the crew back to where it should be and finish a new album. We feel that focusing on finding a solid bass player and re-adding a 2nd guitarist is at the top of our priority list right now. We have received dozens of video auditions for the open bass position but are still accepting submissions for both bass and 2nd guitar (email videos to: chrsvolz@gmail.com).

We have also been working on some amazing brand new material and hope to have another album ready to go in the 1st quarter of next year! Sending much love and respect to you all and hope you have an amazing Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with your families! You better believe we’re coming back stronger than ever! See you all early next year!
OTSS!!! 🤘😎🤘”

[via The PRP]

Flaw’s Tommy Gibbons On Plagiarism Allegations: “I Take Full And All Responsibility For The Accusations And Bad Press”

As previously reported, Flaw have been facing multiple allegations of plagiarism due to a number of songs from their latest album, “Vol. IV Because Of The Brave,” containing music taken from various YouTubers. Tommy Gibbons has since issued a statement taking blame for the situation and claiming that he basically forgot which tracks were his and which ones he took inspiration from.

This whole mess started after YouTuber Douglas Patrick accused the group of using his “music melody and structure” from “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 14” on their song “Wake Up.“ Chris Volz then responded to the situation saying that he was unaware about the plagiarized riffs and that he “made an offer to compensate [Patrick] for his work.” However, another report ended up surfacing saying that the band allegedly plagiarized another track by Patrick, “KoЯn style_Nu Metal/Rap Metal/Beat Instrumental 22“, on their song “Persistence.“

After that, the group got accused of copying Sound For Production’s “Electro Metal Trailer” and “Intensity Metal Signal“ on their songs “On Your Feet” and “Sign Of The Times.” Although, those tracks were available for future licensing, so it’s possible that the band could have purchased them like they did with Riff Master T’s “Nu Metal Instrumental 2,” which was used on “Conquer This Climb.“

Eventually, an old post in which Gibbons claimed to have written one of the allegedly plagiarized riffs ended up emerging. That brings us up to the present, when he decided to officially take responsibility for the allegations:

“As many of you know, I am the current bass/guitar player for FLAW. I was tasked with writing the music for our most recent album, ‘VOL IV: Because Of The Brave‘. To clarify, this is the only record I’ve recorded with FLAW and I had no hand in previous recordings. I have been writing and recording music for over 15 years.

I, like many other musicians, look to YouTube for inspiration and creative ways to challenge myself and learn more. Over the years I have listened to and re recorded hundreds and hundreds of songs online. I also have hundreds and hundreds of songs recorded on my studio computer which have been compiled over the last 10 or so years, some of them mine and some of them taken from other inspiration.

I regretfully did not label and differentiate the music I wrote and recorded from a blank slate versus the inspiration I found and re-recorded as I was trying to further myself. As I was going through hours and hours of previously recorded material to present to Chris for the new album, clearly a specific style in my catalog stuck out to me.

These are things I re-recorded years ago and did not label where they actually came from. This is where I went terribly wrong. I took the tracks I re-recorded not knowing their true original source and presented them to Chris which in turn he worked tirelessly to write and record original lyrics and vocals to. He entrusted me with something that I thought I was going to truly impress him with and I let him down.

I take full and all responsibility for the accusations and bad press that has been flooding social media recently. None of the other band members had any knowledge or reason to believe these songs were written by anyone else, they are free and clear of any responsibility or wrongdoing. To all my friends and fans, I want you to know that this was a royal mistake on my part, and by no means did I intentionally try to steal or plagiarize any other musicians music.

I will do what I can to rectify this situation including any compensation for the original writers. We have made contact with him and are working on an agreement. Again, I am sorry to those I have let down including my bandmates who had no participation in writing the music for these recordings. I understand and respect whatever decision has to be made by the band because of this and I hope I will continue to see all of you along the way. I’m sorry and thank you.”

Volz commented as well:

“Thank you for owning up to your mistakes Tommy, hopefully the BS gossip queens can take a nap now……”

[via The PRP]

HELLYEAH, Maria Brink (In This Moment), Etc. Added To 2020 Shiprocked Cruise

HELLYEAH, In This Moment’s Maria Brink (solo piano lounge set), Ra, and Aeges have all been added to the 2020 Shiprocked Cruise. The event will take place from February 1-6, with The Carnival Valor set to depart from New Orleans, with stops in Key West and Cozumel.

Previously announced bands include:

Halestorm
Alter Bridge
Asking Alexandria
Badflower
Beartooth
Black Stone Cherry
Cane Hill
Dead Posey
Dead Sara
DED
Goodbye June
Hands Like Houses
Hyro The Hero
Ice Nine Kills
Living Colour
Of Mice & Men
Royal Tusk
SHVPES
Vein
We Are Band Nerds

Furthermore, the following artists will also be performing as part of an all-star jam band called The Stowaways:

Aaron Spiers (RavenEye)
Andy Vargas (Santana)
Alessandro “AP” Paveri (Gemini Syndrome)
Burton C. Bell (Fear Factory)
Carly Smithson (We Are The Fallen)
Chris Traynor (Bush)
Chris Volz (Flaw)
CJ Pierce & Jasen Moreno (Drowning Pool)
Clint Lowery & Morgan Rose (Sevendust)
Dameon & Gabe Aranda (Aranda)
Geno Lenardo (formerly of Filter)
Jasen Rauch (Breaking Benjamin)
Jason Womack & Phil Buckman (Fuel)
Jeff Fabb & John DeServio (Black Label Society)
Joey Duenas (Ünloco)
John Tempesta (The Cult)
J.R. Bareis (Love and Death)
Leo Moracchioli
Lukas Rossi
Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More)
Todd Morse (The Offspring touring member)
Uliana Preotu (Cilver)
Will Hunt (Evanescence)

Jason Daunt Exits Flaw, Forms New Band With Other Former Members

Jason Daunt has officially announced his departure from Flaw. He will be moving on in a new band called Scars Of The Unbroken. That project features other former Flaw members Ryan Jurhs, Tommy Gibbons, and Corey Sturgill, along with frontman Cory Britt (Breathing Theory).

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Daunt commented:

“I was going to wait a few more days as I had been asked about a month ago when I informed Chris [Volz] I would be leaving Flaw and starting a new band with Cory Britt, Ryan Jurhs, Tommy Gibbons and Corey Sturgill, but it appears Chris‘s drinking and lies have forced my announcement sooner.

I decided to leave Flaw not only because Chris and his drinking had gotten out of control to the point I was having to prepare new musicians every tour as they would quit each time Volz pulled one of his drunken I think I’m GI Joe stunts I could go further into the issues but those who know us know the rest.

I thought it would be handled more professionally and without the lies as I was nice enough to hold off announcing I was leaving and the band I created. I guess some things will never change but I should have known that. I appreciate all the fan support and even though it’s not warranted I still wish my old friend Chris the best of luck.

As for myself it was simply time to move on and I have been working with the aforementioned musicians on the new project tentatively entitled Scars Of The Unbroken. Cory Britt from Breathing Theory is currently laying vocals and we should have samples up soon. The members of this new band are the most talented group I have ever worked with in the writing process and I can’t wait 2 push this forward. More to come soon much love.”

Daunt commented after Volz previously said the following:

“Hi Flaw Family, I hope you are all well. Sorry for the long post but I wanted to make an official statement about the recent member changes and clarify some issues FLAW has gone through over the years. As most of you know, I have devoted my life to this project and music as a whole for the past 20+ years.

Let me say with all sincerity, music is my true love and passion, but it is also one of the hardest things I have EVER done, one of the hardest industries to break into, and stay relevant in, period, for many different reasons. When we started this project over 2 decades ago we were all in our early 20’s, and didn’t have a care in the world besides music and this band.

As the years went by many things happened to all of us. People get married, people have kids, people change, people get tired of touring constantly, people get tired of making mediocre money and squeezing by on bills, people lose their drive to succeed in a certain industry…..etc. This happens to all bands, as you can easily see by looking at any genre of music. You really have to love it more than you love yourself in some ways.

The industry has changed SO much in the past 20 years, and it has been a true test to adapt with it. There are so many variables that come into play when a group of people decide to start a project or band together. You become full fledged business partners. There are many sacrifices that must be made equally by each party involved. You spend a lot of time away from home and your loved ones, I have personally averaged being away from home for 9 months out of the year, for the past 20 years.

It has wreaked havoc on my personal life and relationships, and affected my family life as well, but it was necessary to succeed. You are in a very close quarter environment for long periods of time with the others in said band, and that can cause problems with even the very best of friends. You are also not making much money most of the time so you are financially stressed out a lot, and that can lead to problems in business and home life.

Without your better half also working while you are on the road touring, it is virtually impossible to stay afloat and cover your bills back home. I won’t name names, but I will never fault you for leaving because you can’t afford to tour anymore and need to make more money for your family. Essentially, all of these things, when compounded, can cause division, animosity, and ultimately lead to dissention that causes some people to lose the passion they once had for the profession or band.

There is no secret to success in this industry, you just really have to want it more than anything else that can and will try to get in the way. So my point in all of this is to explain that there is no one to blame, it is what it is, and I hold no hard feelings towards any of my guys who have made the decision to walk away. Everyone has their own reasons, situations, and life experiences that lead them to make the decision to stop touring, playing with a band, or playing music professionally. However, I am not one of them.

No matter what difficulties come into play, I will always persevere. Improvise, adapt, and overcome is all I know. There have been many fill in members of FLAW over the years, and that is okay. There are so many talented musicians out there and I have developed a skill over the years in recognizing people who can write amazing music that I can thrive off of lyrically. This is where we are today.

I am not willing to let someone become a ‘full’ member of this band until they have proven that they can withstand the hardships of this job and life, and have worked on new music or written an album with me. It is not personal, I just have to protect the mission and message of this band with all my will. To the ones who have come and gone, I wish you the best as always.

To the ones who are soon to come, I wish us only luck and success in our new adventures. This band is a team and a family, and I will do my best to make our creations the best they can possibly be, for us and our listeners. To the Flaw Family and all our fans, I will stay true to the message in my lyrics, as I have for the past 2 decades, and will never give up. FLAW will always persevere because of you, and because the message is true, positive, and needs to be heard.

No guitar player, or bass player, or drummer alone has ever made FLAW what it is today. It has always been a cohesive group of musicians working together on the same page, towards the same goal, regardless of the specific individual. It has and always will be a positive message, mixed with passion and talent, coupled with raw emotion, delivered in the most profound musical manner possible.

That being said, we are currently writing a new album that will be released somewhere around June of next year on Pavement Entertainment/Sony-Red. After that I am also putting out another solo record which I am very excited about. In closing, I wish to express my extreme gratitude to all our fans who have made this possible, and to everyone who has been a part of this incredible journey for over the past 20 years, over 12 different members.

You know who you are, and you will always be a part of the FLAW story, development, and legacy. The journey is far from over and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store….. See you all very soon on tour, we are booked solid all the way through March of 2018 and not slowing down after that! -Only The Strong Survive!!!

–C.Volz 11/08/17″

[via The PRP]

Flaw’s Jason Daunt Calls Out Motograter’s Noah “Shark” Robertson For Recent Comments

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 Reportedly Exits Flaw Due To Chris Volz’s Alleged Addiction Issues

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”

Sincerely,
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 Welcome New Bassist & Drummer

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.

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Chris Volz said the following:

“FLAW Family,

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)!

Sincerely,
C.Volz/FLAW“