Get the tissues ready, this is gonna hurt.
Aburden have been coming up the ranks in Australia’s heavy music scene, catching our attention with their latest offering The Last Goodbye EP (review here) and even getting signed to Greyscale Records in the process, but they’ve got some news for fans today which may, unfortunately, eject saltwater from your eye holes.
Firstly, the band are saying goodbye to long time drummer Kylan Ridings who released a statement wrapping up his time with the band:
After playing in Aburden for the last 3-4 years it’s been a tough decision to decide on my future with them. Due to various reasons involving my career, life style choices and overall feeling of the band, I’ll be stepping down from my position within the band. There is no bad blood, I just simply have felt my time in the band is up. It’s a difficult task managing my personal, social and professional life. Something I’ve struggled with in the last year since taking on other projects and really focusing on myself, so that I am able to grow and progress how I wish. Saying that this will be my last release with the band and I wish the boys the best of luck and hope to see them succeed and keep moving forward”
But wait, the knife isn’t pulled out yet.
The band have also decided they’ll be taking a much-needed hiatus (for a short time) to focus on their mental health and have addressed their motives with a lengthy post revealing:
“It is very hard to be an aspiring musician, as many aspiring musicians know. Being in a group of aspiring musicians can make it harder; we all want something and we are all chasing something. It is sometimes hard to see the collective as individual people; we find it hard ourselves. We are all very different, and we all have our own struggles. Over the years we have pushed them aside but there is no way to put life on pause. We found our individual struggles bleeding into our band, and once we were able to look inwards; we saw that the path we were all going down wasn’t helping us at all. We felt that if we kept going to way we were going, were would really rupture our friendships with each other in ways that would only hurt one another. We came to the conclusion that we weren’t dealing with things that needed desperately to be addressed because we were so scared of putting life on hold, and what that would mean for the band; but the reality is the only way we feel we can move forward is to stop and take a long needed breath. We hope that the time away will help us recover but we can’t put a timeframe on it, we hope people will understand. We may not be here, but we’ll away be there to help to anyone that needs us. We love our fans, we love our family, and we love what we have built. “
Still holding it together? Well, that’s about to change.
The band have released one final song with Kylan to, essentially, capture all of the news today and it’s called ‘Farewell‘, which they say is:
“‘Farewell’ is our farewell, for now. It’s not something that we wanted to say but it’s something we have to in order to move forward. Going around in circles can only lead to a life of never being able to break the cycle. We wrote this song in a time were we didn’t know how we wanted to do, we were struggling with writer’s block after ‘The Last Goodbye’. We didn’t know what sound we wanted to pursue, we didn’t know what we wanted to write about. I think we scrapped around 5 to 10 demos before we stopped and realised what we wanted to do. This song is more aggressive than our previous songs, it probably has a lot in common with ‘One For You, it’s very fast and acidic. We were so caught up in what we thought people wanted that we couldn’t figure out what WE wanted. I think the best way to describe this song in one word would be ‘Frustration’. Frustration with expectation, frustration with unbreakable cycles, and frustration with something our minds can comprehend.”
Nope, that’s done it.
Take the time away, regroup and come back bigger than before and as for you Kylan, thanks for the memories…