Ex-As I Lay Dying Guitarist Nick Hipa Launches New Band Mire

Nick Hipa (ex-As I Lay Dying) has teamed up with Ryan Glisan and Benton McKibbern for a new project called Mire. A video for the band’s first single, “Refined,” can be found below. Hipa commented:

“Very stoked to share some new music from my band Mire. Ryan, Benton, and I started this journey together in 2017, with the simple desire to create stylistically unrestrained music based on mutual admiration for riff based songwriting. Our first single ‘Refined‘ is out now. It’s a decently pummeling tune that represents just one facet of what we’ve created together. I really hope you dig it, and look forward to sharing more tunes in the near future.”

As I Lay Dying Issue New Statement On Nick Hipa’s Departure From The Band

As I Lay Dying have officially commented on guitarist Nick Hipa’s departure from the band. The group said that they “respect Nick’s decision to move on from the band and forging a new path in life.”

Here’s As I Lay Dying’s full statement:

“We’ve been laying low for the past 18+ months adapting back into normal home life routines as the world tries to navigate itself through the Covid pandemic. It brings us a lot of excitement seeing live events coming back with many of our peers and friends returning to their life’s passion, playing shows.

Through this downtime from touring and being creatively active with AILD, we’ve found ourselves reflecting on which direction each of us must take individually and collectively as a band. We appreciate all the patience from our fans and close community in regards to an official band statement on the departure of Nick Hipa from AILD over a year ago.

The remaining members of AILD respect Nick‘s decision to move on from the band and forging a new path in life. We will certainly look back fondly at the many great memories, experiences, and accomplishments we shared together over the years. We will be nothing but supportive and encouraging to all of Nick‘s endeavors post-AILD and we wish him the absolute best moving forward.

Thanks to our fans for understanding and we will update everyone shortly on more future plans for AILD.”

This news comes after frontman Tim Lambesis previously issued his own statement:

As I Lay Dying’s Tim Lambesis Comments On Nick Hipa’s Departure From The Band

As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis has officially commented on guitarist Nick Hipa’s departure from the band. He said the following:

“Being able to have different opinions or priorities but to still deeply care for another person’s wellbeing is something that’s often lost in our current climate. I just want to say that I truly wish Nick Hipa the best in his next chapter of life, and I’m thankful he wishes me/AILD the same. I’ve wanted to focus on music for past few years because it takes me back to why I started AILD in the first place 20 years ago. I look forward to writing new music and seeing many of you on tour again soon!”

Nick Hipa Officially Announces His Departure From As I Lay Dying: “The Story And Meaning We Built Our Reunion Upon Decayed Considerably Over Time”

Nick Hipa has officially announced his departure from As I Lay Dying. The guitarist says he “left because the story and meaning [they] built [their] reunion upon decayed considerably over time.”

Here’s Hipa’s full statement:

“I am deeply appreciative for the love, care, and concern I have been messaged with over the past year while being largely absent from social activity. My days have been occupied with a motion design career, deep focus on my family, taking care of my health, and working on other creative projects. Real life has a way of crowding out time for things like social media, so I apologize to those of you who reached out to me for answers regarding my disassociation from As I Lay Dying and never heard back. I’ve been trying to move on peacefully in life.

At this point though, it has been well over a year since I have distanced myself from them on a personal and professional level. In that time they have only given fans merchandising posts and show announcements. This sort of activity highlights and reinforces our differences.

Respectfully, I left because the story and meaning we built our reunion upon decayed considerably over time. What primarily endures is a superficial pursuit I cannot justify supporting or being part of. This is not an indictment on any who choose to remain or be involved. There is tremendous good that can be accomplished through singular focus on the power of music. However to my memory and recent experience, it comes at the cost of tolerating behavior which at times mistreats, disrespects, and hurts other people. I do not have it in me to walk that road again.

The talent and unshakeable ambition of the band is undeniable. They will continue to release successful music and do great business. On a human level, I hope everything else fares well for them.

I am grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and the incredible people I’ve been able to meet and connect with the past 17 years.

I’ll still be around.

Love to all,

Nick Hipa“

Did As I Lay Dying Part Ways With Guitarist Nick Hipa?

It looks like As I Lay Dying may have parted ways with Nick Hipa. According to Lambgoat, the band and Hipa recently unfollowed each other on Instagram. Furthermore, the guitarist has also unfollowed the other members of the group and vice versa. After discovering this evidence, Lambgoat reached out to sources in the industry and said that they have since confirmed that he has exited the band.

Of Mice & Men And As I Lay Dying Members Guest On New Night Fiends Song “Into The Night”

Night Fiends, the band that was launched by Tanner Wayne (In Flames) and pro skater Elliot Sloan, have premiered a new song titled “Into The Night.” The track, which features Of Mice & Men’s Aaron Pauley and As I Lay Dying’s Nick Hipa, can be streamed below:

As I Lay Dying Share Official Video Recap Of First Concert In Five Years

On June 16, As I Lay Dying played their first show since Tim Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 after infamously trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. The set took place at the SOMA Sidestage in San Diego, CA and an official video recap is now available below. Fan-filmed footage of the full concert can be found HERE. The group commented:

“We are thankful for an environment of love and positivity within and around our renewed relationships. To the family, friends, crew, and fans in attendance at our recent San Diego show, we would like to express our deepest sense of gratitude for making the evening such a meaningful experience.”

As I Lay Dying Play First Show In Five Years

As I Lay Dying took the stage for the first time since Tim Lambesis infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013. The show took place at the SOMA Sidestage in San Diego, CA last night (June 16) and footage from it can be seen below. Lambesis was released from prison in December 2016 and has since reunited with the band’s classic lineup. The group released a new video explaining their controversial return last night.

As I Lay Dying Members Discuss Their Decision To Return In New Video

As I Lay Dying have shared a new 31 minute video in which they discuss their decision to return. You can watch that and read some excerpts [transcribed by The PRP] below. Frontman Tim Lambesis infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. He has since reunited with the band’s classic lineup to release a new song called “My Own Grave”. The group are also playing a sold out show at the SOMA Sidestage in San Diego, CA tonight (June 16).

Lambesis started the discussion with the following:

“So there’s, there’s a lot of awareness of things that happened very recently in music and stuff. And then last year there’s an awareness of the public apology in my expression of remorse.

But behind all that there was the individual conversations we had and it was for me, expressing more remorse publicly. It’s one like one thing and that will be shown very slowly over time, people have to kind of get to know and see if they can trust that I was sincere or not.

But in terms of individual conversations, those went back even a year and a half before the public apology, almost two years before that. And those conversations were much more in-depth than anything we could ever like explain, you know even just this discussion or a written public statement or anything like that.

So, I first reached out to Jordan and Josh because I felt like that was just… I had to start somewhere and I felt like that seemed the most natural place for me. And I reached out to them in an email a long time ago and the first individual conversations we had were mainly me listening so that I could better express my apology for the ways that everything… Like I guess what the concept I talked about, the ripple effect.

There’s the obvious wrongdoings that I made and there’s the little ways that they sort of spread out beyond that and hurt people in so many ways that like I really wasn’t entirely aware until I got home.

And those conversations kicked off and I was sort of better able to understand what they’d been through and I think more sincerely apologize because of that.”

Later in the clip guitarist Phil Sgrosso opened up about how the band’s relationship with Lambesis was strained before his arrest:

“What happened in 2013 wasn’t like the start of the end of our relationship. It was like years before that and finally it was like when this happened, as terrible as it was, I felt like a sense of relief that I don’t have to do this band anymore. Like I don’t have to be so angry about a lot of things that are going on.

And, so it took me going through that and then being like ‘what I am going to do?’ ‘What are the rest of us going to do?’ And just kind of set out to keep doing music. however we could.

And when you went to jail it seemed like a peaceful period for us. We didn’t have to deal with you. We didn’t have to deal with any sort of manipulation, didn’t have to resent you.

But every little thing that came out, whether it was an interview after your sentencing, it was just like all of us were like fueled by this hatred of like ‘God, even when you’re not in our lives, we’re still being affected by it and will continue to be affected by it.’

So it put a lot of strain on other relationships amongst us as well. Because Nick and I didn’t really process our problems either in the most responsible way, so our relationship was deteriorating. So when I heard that you were getting out of jail. All of us were just on edge. Our community was on edge of just like ‘What is this guy going to be up to, now?’

Not just our local community, the music community, everywhere. Because we were all touring around and people, our friends in other states, countries, would be talking about stuff. Everyone was like ‘What is going to happen?’

And you I try, we all tried avoiding those things as much as possible. And I said ‘I will never do that band again. I will never play music with that guy again.’ Why would I? I was already enjoying playing with musicians that weren’t putting a strain on my life…”

Guitarist Nick Hipa added that Lambesis‘ emotional statement at the sentencing helped change his opinion of him, but things changed again after Alternative Press released an interview with the singer. However, Lambesis said the interview was recorded before his sentencing and that he changed as the case moved forward. Hipa said the following about that time:

“An interview came out that was just one long excuse. There was no ownership, it was just ‘I did this for all these reasons and there everyone else kind of led me to this.’ And that’s the moment that whatever shred of empathy I had for him turned into blind hatred. I was like this dude went too far down that dark road and he’s never coming back. And he almost fooled me once, but he’ll never fool me again…”

Hipa also talked about the strained relationship between him and Sgrosso, as well as Sgrosso‘s departure from their shared venue, Wovenwar, etc. He went on to say Lambesis was partially blamed for that resentment as well. He continued by saying constant speculation regarding Lambesis and interview questions were overshadowing his work and “destroying him,” leading to more hate and a refusal to grant interviews.

Hipa also said he did resist Lambesis‘ request to meet up for awhile, and when they did meet he tore into Lambesis with years of resentment. However, the way Lambesis carried himself in the face of all that gave him a change of heart:

“It took all of those years, him facing punishment, the consequences for his actions. Living in the ruin that he made for himself and also acknowledging that it would never end. What he did was very public and it would never be forgotten and it shouldn’t. But that’s part of what he has to endure for the rest of his life. But when I saw who he was and who he had genuinely become, I let go of that, and I wanted to let go of it.

Because I had never handled it… I let that pain and that hurt and that hopelessness… I let it become my life force in the form of hatred. And I used that as my strength for all those years but it devastated me on the inside.”

Lambesis also spoke of how he handled his arrest, sentencing and incarceration:

“Immediately after I had been arrested I went into this mode of just like ‘How do I kind of survive this situation?’ And you hire people, you find the best attorney who knows how to put together the best defense and all these people are speaking on your behalf. The mentality is like defend, defend.

I definitely bought into that and that influenced the person I was while awaiting my sentencing. There was that person Nick had all those hard feelings about. He was right, so it was literally leading up to the actual sentencing. That was the timeline of when I had said all those things [in the Alt Press interview.] Those things had been said and recorded, to come out sometime later after my sentencing.

Then my sentencing happened and my moment in the courtroom was true and genuine, but I didn’t have any ability to follow up with it in any way. So the way that Nick viewed it made absolute sense to me when he explained it to me. I get that because how insincere does that seem? I’m in tears in this courtroom and then you read this statement by me that says something opposite of that.

And then there was such an unbelievable sense of relief after my sentencing of like, defense is no longer in my vocabulary. I don’t defend what I did because there’s no defense for it…”

He later added: “All I can do is just make amends where possible, express my remorse and… just put my energy into something positive.” Lambesis also said he sees his and the band’s return as an ongoing process:

“…I’m not in a rush to handle this all today. I just have to be… If I’m genuinely confident in the person I’ve become I’ve just got to be myself over a long period of time.

You know in like two years from now, maybe there’s a portion of people that say ‘You know what? Ok, I’ve seen it consistently over time.’ And there’s definitely going to be a portion of people that are like ‘It doesn’t matter.’ It could be 20 years from now, I’m not ever going to give these guys a chance. And that’s fine, I have to accept that.”

As I Lay Dying: “We Understand There Are Many Questions And We Plan To Address Them”

As I Lay Dying’s return has obviously been met with some controversy and the band have finally broken their silence saying that they will address everything this week. Here’s their initial statement:

“It’s difficult to encapsulate all of the topics we want to address with a written statement. We understand there are many questions and we plan to address them this week.”

Frontman Tim Lambesis infamously tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife in 2013 and was released from prison in December 2016. He has since reunited with the band’s classic lineup to release a new song called “My Own Grave”. The group are currently scheduled to play a sold out show on June 16 at the SOMA Sidestage in San Diego, CA