The Oakland, California based monolith of sound, known as Neurosis, have announced today that after 20 years of presenting visuals during their live show, they will now be changing their live approach and retiring these projections.
Commenting on the move, which wasn’t really taken lightly, the band commented “We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.” This shift in their live show will ultimately result in the band’s split with Josh Graham, who has been holding down this aspect of their stage performances for the last 12 years. Speaking specifically on Graham’s position within the band, Neurosis elaborated that his “tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldn’t have dreamed of when we were just starting out.”
Above all, fans of the band should be informed that this parting is not based on, nor carries any, animosity between parties. “Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding,” says Neurosis. “We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions.”
In the same press release, Graham himself added the following:
“For us all, time for change has come. The friendships and body of work that have spawned from our time together will live on as we move forward. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Neurosis over the last 12 years.
“As the crossroads are upon us, and we feel that the pinnacle of our collaborative efforts have been reached; we now look toward our individual futures with support and encouragement. Constant reinvention is at the heart and soul of us all, and we will all continue to persevere.
“Despite the larger picture winding down as we move on in our own directions, we will continue to work together on specific legacy projects including reissues and possibly more if/when the right projects come up. Onward.” -Josh Graham
Neurosis recently released their tenth full-length studio album, “Honor Found in Decay,” via their own Neurot Recordings. In support of this release, they are set to perform on 1st December at ATP’S Nightmare Before Christmas at Camber Sands Holiday Camp, England, as well as at their own headlining show at London’s HMV Forum on 2nd December with a reunited Godflesh.
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