The blows keep coming with news in overnight from UK alt-rock band Dream State announcing two key members have left the band. Frontwoman CJ Gilpin and guitarist/vocalist Rhys Wilcox have decided to leave on different terms, leaving the future of the band up in the air.
In a lengthy post on their socials, the last remaining original member, guitarist Aled Evans shared:
“Hey everone, we know that we’ve been super quiet for a long time and I (Aled) want to bring you up to date with what’s happening with Dream State.
It is with huge sadness that we announce that CJ and Rhys have decided to leave Dream State, both for different reasons after what has been an incredibly difficult time over the last couple of years. We know that we are not alone in saying that the pandemic has been hard and it hit us all in different ways.
As the last original member standing, I will miss them both enormously and want to thank them for the incredible ride we’ve experienced together and with you – our fans. Dream State after all, is much bigger than just band members, there is a team and most importantly – there are our army of Dreamers who make Dream State what it is.
Whilst this will be a huge announcement and change, we had prior to these decisions brought in a new drummer and bassist – so for me (at least) behind the scenes there is still a band. We’ve had different members over the years since we started this hell of a ride and we’ve consistently produced music and played shows that you guys have loved. There is now some uncertainty for the immediate future, but I will continue – with the new guys to make music in some guise – be that as a re-camped Dream State or under another project . Too much blood sweat and tears have gone in to throw the towel in just yet, especially when there [is] so much more yet to give! There’s a stack of fresh new music and ideas we want to release – when we are ready and able to.
Once we firm up our direction I will share the details with you. But for right now, today is about the departure of Rhys and CJ and a celebration of what we achieved together. They both have been instrumental in making Dream State what it is and both will always be close to my heart. We wish them both huge happiness going forward, and I am sure you all will too.
Speak soon and take care,
Devastating news to hear. The band rose to fame after signing with UNFD and dropped a stellar album in Primrose Path (our review here) which set them up for global recognition. Dream State also made their live Australian debut at UNIFY 2019 where they were met with open arms and high acclaim for their powerful set. We also got to sit down with CJ and Rhys backstage and they were just wonderful souls in person.
Both CJ and Rhys shared their closing thoughts in the post, with CJ’s message revealing mental health struggles played a big part in her depature:
“Having experienced a psychotic breakdown both last November and November the year before that, I have made the decision to shut the door on singing & writing for Dream State to begin a new chapter of my life. I have been so humbled by the support that has appeared our of the woodwork to aid me to better health, and I look forward to embarking on new adventures and working towards securing a better sense of self.
I send heaps of gratitude to my Dream State family for all the love you have shown us over the years, and I wish my team the best of luck for the future. Thank you to my team for all the kindness and patience
I’ll miss you. I send you all my love always”
Rhys, kept it short and sweet also indicating mental health struggles due to the pandemic were part of his reason to leave:
“Thank you to all those who supported me during my time with Dream State. Life has been incredibly challenging over the last few years, so I’ve made the decision to step down from the band to focus on myself. I’ve had so many amazing memories with the band, team and of course our fans that won’t be forgotten x”
Share some love on the Instagram post here. We’ll keep you notified with what the future holds for everyone involed.
Words by by Paul ‘Browny’ Brown @brownypaul
If you or anyone you know needs help with their own mental well-being call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 or find your closest Suicide Prevention/Crisis Support Organisation on Google…
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