Via Facebook, Nothing More announced that their drummer, Paul O'Brien has chosen to step down from the band. Along with a photo from their first time to perform in Tokyo, came a message from Paul himself, and Jonny, Mark and Daniel.
"As a group we have endured our fair share of change over the years. Sometimes you are given the luxury of the change being your decision, allowing you to mentally prepare; but other times change barrels down on you like a freight train.
When we started Nothing More we committed ourselves to one another in the ambitious pursuit of happiness and success for both the individual and the group as a whole. When a member no longer feels that deep joy from revolving their life around their instrument then they must go and find that joy again for both themselves and the people around them. That being said, it is with love in our hearts and tears in our eyes that we announce the departure of our dear brother, Paul OBrien, as the drummer of Nothing More. It goes without saying that we love you Paul and we know that you will be successful in all of your future endeavors. We count it as a sheer blessing to have been able to share such a major part of our lives with you. You will always be a member of our family... and forever the guy to send the most ridiculous and unexpected internet meme to the group thread on our phones!
Before we turn this over to Paul’s message below, some of you may be wondering what is next for Nothing More. The answer, as always, is that we will continue this amazing journey. We left no stone un-turned in our search for an amazing drummer to finish out our 2015 tours in the US and Europe and we can’t wait for you all to meet Ben Anderson on the road this fall. We have a little over 50 shows left before we head back into the studio and we are going to give it everything we have. See you on the road!
~Jonny, Mark & Daniel"
The hardest decision I’ve ever made was to step down from Nothing More. This is a very important band with an amazing message and it’s been an absolute honor to be a part of something so much bigger than myself. I’ve given every ounce of my heart and soul to this. Being on the road isn’t for everyone, and I’ve learned through a very real experience of playing live for hundreds of thousands of people that I am one of those individuals. Being in the spotlight so much triggered some major anxiety issues that were buried deep down inside of me, and it’s just too much of a mental struggle to carry on. Depression is very real. On the road it can feel like there’s just no escape. This is something that I’ve carried around for a long time. And it’s gotten to the point where I have to make a move to do what’s best for myself and my future.
I want to thank my brothers for life, Daniel, Mark, Jonny and Will. The things we’ve been through no one can ever take away from us. I love you guys more than words can describe. You’ve been so supportive of me through this difficult time, and that means the world to me. I know without a doubt that you guys will take this thing all the way to the top. I will always remember traveling the globe and seeing amazing things with you during this chapter of my life. I am eternally grateful to have had such an opportunity that most can only dream of. I’m always here for you…
I also want to say thank you to all of the supporters of Nothing More. The family, crew, friends, bands, label, management and fans. Far too many to name, but you all know exactly who you are. Every person that has ever bought a shirt, put us up for the night, fed us, carried gear off of stage, took us out on the road, booked a gig…………you’re a massive reason for the success of this band. We should continue to lift these guys up and help them achieve the ultimate greatness that we all know they are capable of.
What’s next for me? I plan to take it easy and lay low for a while. I’m very lucky to have my lady, family and close friends here at home who support me through everything. A quiet life out of the spotlight is where I’m headed. I’ve found happiness in that before, and i’m sure i’ll find it again. Music will always be a huge part of my life, and I would love to get into some studio session drumming. I’ve always been fascinated by the recording side of things. Maybe some producing, maybe some teaching…. I just need to get my head strait and smile again……..and I will.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for everything. Much love and respect-
We wish them all the best of luck. Sounds like Paul has a lot ahead of him, and Nothing More does as well, what with a tour, and festivals coming up.
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