UK metal band SHVPES have parted ways with their bassist, Ollie Pike.
The band, who recently finished recording their full length debut album, made the announcement via their official Facebook page earlier today.
In their statement SHVPES say: “It comes with a heavy heart that we announce we have parted ways with our bassist, Ollie. Ollie has been with the band since the early Cytota days and we’re all sad to see him go. We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for the time and energy he spent with the band.”
Ollie adds: “I have parted ways with SHVPES. This is for the best and there is no bad blood between us. I just want to thank everyone that has ever supported the band and come down to a show it truly means a lot to me. I will be pursuing other interests that are right for me in time but for now I’m going to take some time out. I have had the best 6 years of my life with these guys and I will never forget my time in SHVPES and CYTOTA. I would like to thank Raw Power and Spinefarm for the incredible opportunities they have given me and I will treasure them for the rest of my life.
“Thank you once again to everyone.
P.S. the album is killer and it is going to blow your mind… It was an honour to be a part of it.”
SHVPES have now begun the search for a new bass player. Anyone interested in auditioning can make contact via SHVPESaudition@gmail.com
The band recently signed with Search and Destroy/Spinefarm Records and are due to tour in May in support of label-mates We Came As Romans and Miss May I, as well as appearing at numerous festivals throughout the summer:
21st May: Brighton, The Great Escape festival
24th May: Liverpool Arts Club*
25th May: Glasgow, King Tut’s*
26th May: Newcastle, O2 Academy 2*
27th May: Manchester, Sound Control*
04th Jun: Camden Rocks Festival
11th Jun: Download Festival
20th Aug: Hevy Fest
* = with We Came As Romans and Miss May I
Check out the band’s most recent video, “State Of Mine”, below.