Enterprise Earth have officially parted ways with vocalist Dan Watson. For now, Travis Worland (Aethere) will continue to fill in at upcoming live shows.
The band commented:
“Today, we announce that Dan Watson is no longer a part of Enterprise Earth
First, we would live to thank all of you for being patient with us while we have worked through this situation. It has not been an easy year and the time has not been right to say this. We have had to process a lot of emotional thoughts, feelings and conversations but it appears that fate is pulling us in different directions and we have all decided this course of action is the best for the band and Dan.
Quite simply, we must acknowledge that our time together has come to an end. We love him and wish him nothing but the best. We are all extremely proud and thankful for everything Dan has done in the past 8 years with EE. Our latest album ‘The Chosen‘ was the culmination of our work together and it would not have turned out the way it did without him.
Albeit an unexpected ending to the story, we still cherish every memory, song, performance, party, good and bad time, and all of the experiences we’ve shared. It has been quite the wild ride.
We strongly encourage you to support any and all of Dan‘s musical work going forward, including his other band Mire Lore who will have new material out soon. He is undoubtedly one of the most talented vocalists and of us have ever worked with and we hope an expect his creative fire to continue on.
Enterprise Earth still has much more to say. This band has evolved so much over its existence and we have adapted and overcome many obstacles. Nothing good in life comes easy and suffering and setbacks are part of the process but we will continue on as our story and work here is not over.
Being in a band is one the hardest, yet most rewarding, things we have done and working through our struggles we will become stronger. We will continue to have the strength to be the people and the band that we are supposed to be. As far as who will be handling vocal duties, if you have seen us or seen live pictures over the past 6-7 months then you know that Travis Worland has been filling in and has been doing an AMAZING job.
Dan‘s vocal shoes are not easy to fill but you’ve seen us perform with Travis then you know he is more than capable. He will continue to handle all live vocal duties until further notice. Stay tuned for an announcement regarding a permanent vocalist…
To quote Dan‘s final lyrics in ‘Overpass‘, ‘Death is only the beginning’. This is symbolic for Dan and us as we both move onto the next stages of our lives. Live is unexpected and change is inevitable, to fight it is futile. We must acknowledge and move with the ebb and flow.
Thank you all for, hopefully and finally, understanding where we’ve been with this. If you are upset, we understand and hope you come back around in time. Take care of one another out there’ we love you and and will see you soon”
Watson also issued his own statement:
“After over 8 years, I am no longer part of Enterprise Earth. I will not be on any tours or in any future material. It didn’t come to this because any of us wanted it to, but because the strings of destiny tugged us in different directions. I will always love the guys I shared the stage with and slept nut to butt within a sardine can on tour with and I will always support their future. Enterprise Earth was my everything the last 8 years.
I cherish the good and the bad from the experiences it brought me, the lessons it taught me through hardships and the incredible adventures it brought me on and most importantly, the opportunity to meet all of you. It was hard to see you all as fans because it felt more like family because you treated me as such on the road (most of you, haha) and really are responsible for me accidentally becoming a successful deathcore vocalist (successful as in, was able to manifest my dreams.) You guys pushed me and challenged me and picked me up when I was beat down. I’ll never forget that.
As for my future, things won’t be like what you are used to. They’ll be better.
‘Overpass’ was written about a premonition I had. I used my intuition and soul to write lyrics and I sometimes look to past works to find messages my higher self meant for me to discover later. To some that may sound like some crazy narcissistic guru shit, but I literally just let the songs write themselves after embodiment, I just wrote lyrics I needed to hear myself.
When I first had the premonition, I thought it meant the physical death of my body, I spent weeks just enjoying the people I love on a cellular level, trying to memorize every characteristic of their being as if I could somehow take something with me. Living life like it could be the last moment is how life should be. I think we should all live like that and treat each other like that as we fly through space on a rock into the eternal void of mystery. That was really how I should have been living my life this whole time. Looking back, knowing I was gonna die was the most beautiful two weeks of my life. What came to fruition instead was a complete death of my life and collapse of everything I put effort into. The importance and value I put into shit that really just sounds…funny… hahaha.
At the end of Overpass, the lyrics are the most important message to me. ‘Death is only the beginning.’ Those are the last words from the past I’m bringing into this new chapter.
Alright I’m gonna to post this now before I babble myself into into the fucking New York Times Best Selling Author of ‘Who Fucking Cares vol 1, 2 & 3.’ Get ready for new Mire Lore and what other weird shit I do. I love you guys very much.”