Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ligeia on Hiatus Again/Cancels Canadian Dates

So this news is a little bit old but recently reformed Ligeia (currently unsigned) have called it quits or gone hiatus again.. no one is exactly sure. The band got back together early this year with 3/4 of the members from 2008's "Bad News" (new drummer, second from right) and released an free EP in October titled "Welcome to Palm City". Personally I loved this EP and was excited like many others for this band to have a comeback. However, 2 weeks ago while on tour in Rhode Island, singer Keith Holuk (far right) was so intoxicated by the time the band took stage that the rest of band shortly after walked off stage (unfortunately no video is available). For over a week there was no statement from any of the band members but it was widely speculated that Ligeia was once again over. Late last week, Keith Holuk made a personal post on the bands Facebook shortly followed by a response from guitarist Ryan Ober (second from left).

You can read both statements below.

 "hey guys Keith here, I just want to personally apologize to those who went to the recent Providence show, my drunken behavior was unaccusable and I feel absolutely horrible about everything, i seriously fucked up. I also want to apologize to anyone who came to see us in CT, NY, NH as well. As we did not make it to those shows because of me and to make it clear that my behavior is reason why we were unable to play those shows. I know a lot of you are pissed off and i know this doesnt fix anything but i wanted everyone to know it's all my fault. i obviously have major issues with alcohol abuse and it's something i'm battling everyday. My apologies once again"

 "Hey everyone, Ryan here, first of all I'd just like to apologize for not writing anything sooner but our frontmans actions have once again thrown me into a horrible spot in my life. I've basically been bouncing around Western Massachusetts (I live 5 hours away in PA) since the ordeal in Providence, tieing up the loose ends of this current hiatus making sure noone else feels like they're about to get screwed along with the rest of us. So, with that being said, please understand that my main focus has been on finding a place to sleep and keep warm, not how I can get on Facebook or Lambgoat to TALK about a problem I'm too busy actually dealing with. It really makes me/us sick to see the comments left by those who once loved our music years ago bashing us because they are under the impression (and rightfully so) that WE, as a WHOLE, don't take this seriously and don't care about our fans due to our singers all-too-often showcase of that sort of behavior. Let me make this perfectly clear: THAT IS NOT THE CASE! I have devoted the last year of my life solely to rebuilding Ligeia. I have had zero income, no car, I live on a futon in someone elses 1 bedroom apartment... I have done EVERYTHING possible to make this bands comeback a reality. Before that for a good 7-8 years of this bands career I was constantly sacrificing my health, my credit, my future and relationships with family members/loved ones... I, as well as the other guys, care VERY much and take this very seriously. Keith has certainly also sacrificed his life for this but I'm just here to make a few things clear for Eric Gross, Brandon Whipple and myself right now. None of us are happy about the current situation. At all. This has just gone on for FAR TOO LONG and there have been way too many blown "last chances" despite any warnings given. The 3 of us would be straight up foolish to go on working so hard at filling in the hole we've been struggling to climb out of as a band while our frontman continually digs deeper. While this is NOT an official announcement of us breaking up we have UNFORTUNATELY been left with no choice but to cancel any upcoming shows/tours as to not waste more of your/our time and money. Things could be hashed out eventually, who knows. This is also not a request for anyones advice on what we should do. 98% of you dont know the first thing about being in a band full time for 7 years nor do you have ANY clue how many times this has happened to us before Providence, that was just the straw that broke the Camels back so please save the pointers. This is just a message to shed some light on the situation and kind of let everyone know where we're at. It is also a request that whether the band stays together and some members part ways or we split for good and everyone goes their own seperate way, please do not let one persons actions over the years ruin the rest of our names or haunt anyone in their future musical endeavors. I will keep you all posted from here but as of right now thats all I/we have. Sorry, again."

Holuk has admitted to alcohol and substance abuse problems before and many believe it was the reason for Ligeia's first downfall and eventual demise. Sadly I also think that their latest EP is awesome (going to write a review) but it talks about at length his struggles with alcohol and drug addiction in the lyrics. Hopefully Holuk can get his shit sorted out and they can get back on the road.. however that seems unlikely at this point. Do they deserve a 3rd chance? Check out the song "Two Weeks Notice" from their EP "Welcome to Palm City" below.

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