Nur wenige Wochen nach ihrem Auftritt beim KEEP IT TRUE-Festival in Lauda-Königshofen haben sich WATCHTOWER zum zweiten Mal nach 1990 von Sänger Alan Tecchio getrennt, da dieser in New York zu sehr beruflich eingebunden ist. Die texanische Progressive Metal-Band möchte in Zukunft verstärkt live auftreten und plant weiterhin die Veröffentlichung des dritten Albums “Mathematics”. Als neuen Sänger hätte die Band gerne Devin Townsend, Geddy Lee, Myles Kennedy oder Russell Allen – oder zumindest jemanden, der so klingt und sich intensiv in die Musik einbringen kann.
Das Statement der Band im O-Ton:
Well, this isn’t something we’ve wanted to do but taking everything into consideration it’s a step we had to take: We have decided to part ways with Alan Tecchio and look for a new vocalist. We know this announcement may come to shock to many who have heard our new song, ‘The Size of Matter’, and saw us live with Al…an in Germany last month. Alan did a great job on ‘Matter’ and we had a blast getting back together on stage so this isn’t about the usual musical or personal differences. We want to wish Alan good luck in his future endeavors, including his upcoming Bang Your Head!!! show with Hades.
We’ve had many discussions concerning the future of WatchTower leading up to our Keep It True show and since then about what we would like to accomplish with our new album. One major aspect of that is playing live and being able to take advantage of touring opportunities in order to maximize the potential we see in ‘Mathematics.’ We have always felt that the true strength of WatchTower is that of live band rather than what we’ve done in the studio. And with record sales being what they are these days, being able to tour and establishing a live presence becomes that much more important. Unfortunately, we all have our own economic realities to deal with and Alan simply could not give us the kind of commitment now that we know we will require in the forseeable future in order to promote ‘Mathematics’ in a live capacity. So rather than putting out ‘Mathematics’ with a singer we know will not be able to tour with us, we’ve decided to end things now and look for someone new who is ready, willing, and able to go it all the way with the band.
We are under no illusion that finding that voice for WatchTower will be an easy task, especially if our last singer search back in the early 90’s is anything to go by. But, we are hopeful that with the help of the internet we’ll be able to cast a wider net and find that needle in a haystack this time. We are looking for someone who has a grasp of the mechanics of music, i.e. an understanding of time signature changes, a good sense of timing, can write melodies, and is willing a go a little nuts with us on stage. We’d prefer someone in Texas, though we understand the geography may require flexibility to get the right person.
If you sound like a cross between Devin Townsend, Geddy Lee, Myles Kennedy, and Russell Allen and have the crazy stage personality of Mike Patton – we want to hear from you! If you ARE Devin, Geddy, Myles or Russ – we want to hear from you! For any potential candidates not familiar with the madness of WatchTower, you can visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/WatchTowerTV to listen to ‘The Size of Matter’ and watch recent live video of ‘Tyrants In Distress’ from the Keep It True festival in Germany to get an idea of what you’d be getting yourself into.
If all that doesn’t scare you off, please send samples of your work (links are preferred) and a brief outline of your musical background and experience to watchtowerTX@gmail.com.
If we hear something that might be a good fit, we will get in touch with you and take things from there.