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Lorna Shore Guitarist Speaks On The Shock & Impact Of Their Ex-Vocalist’s Abuse Allegations


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Lorna Shore haven’t had the easiest go of it over the past few years. 2018 saw their frontman Tom Barber exit their lineup to join Chelsea Grin. His departure led to the addition of CJ McCreery, then of Signs Of The Swarm fame, as the official replacement. However, after having already committed to touring and a release date for their new album “Immortal“, allegations of abuse from several women were made against McCreery.

This led to the band firing McCreery in December of last year as a result, just over a month ahead of the planned January release of their new album, “Immortal“. Eventually the band decided to go ahead with that release, putting it out complete with McCreery‘s vocals in place.

They explained their reasoning behind that decision in a statement that is available here. Speaking of the strain the band felt mentally regarding the decision, guitarist Adam De Micco recently told the ‘BREWtally Speaking Podcast‘:

“I mean, believe me it was a lot of frustrating experiences, cause even before the record came out it’s like I’ve put 10+ years into this band, and a lot of effort and a lot of work.

It was like is this going to crash all of the work that I’ve put into this? Is this like going to tarnish all of the struggles and all of the efforts and tours that we’ve taken and all the things that we’ve done, is this going to come crashing down?

Prior to that we just released a single/video for ‘Immortal‘, and I was seeing so much positive feedback. I was getting interviews and everyone’s like I can’t wait for the record to come out, its phenomenal like ‘oh my god finally.’ We can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

All this effort we put into this is finally worth it, we’re finally going to be, as a band, not having to overcome these hurdles that we constantly overcome. To then have that situation happen where it’s like ‘oh my god,’ potentially everything can go away. All my effort can go away based off of nothing I even did. Based off of nothing I had a clue of. Based off of nothing I was aware of, and stuff that I don’t even think about.

I’m like fuck, this could all go away based off of not even me. Not even like I put out a bad record, not even like I did something on my part—like chose not to tour and whatnot, and being responsible for. Like this could potentially harm me, in a sense where this is going to ruin everything I’ve created.

So we’ve had those thoughts, I was very frustrated and I’d call Austin being like dude we put in so many years, cause Austin’s been there pretty much from the beginning was well. He’s been in this band for about 8 years now, so he’s put in tons of work. It was quite frustrating to have that thought and think about that. But we realized that none of that served us. We realized thinking that would not make the situation any better.

You could be blaming someone, and be like ‘this is all your fault’, but it didn’t feel good thinking that sort of way. So we approached it in the sense of there’s no sense in thinking that, to keep that in a headspace that’s not going to make the situation any better.

So we were just thinking about, OK let’s just focus on the positive of the situation as opposed to the negatives and whatnot, cause thinking about the negatives is only gonna make matters worse.”

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