Mitch Harris Of Napalm Death/Brave The Cold

Mitch Harris Reveals He Stopped Touring With Napalm Death To Care For His Ailing Parents


Napalm Death/Brave The Cold guitarist Mitch Harris has revealed that his several year absence from touring is the result of having decided to focus on caring for his then ailing parents, both of whom have sadly since passed away. Speaking to Heavy Culture (see below), Harris said of his 2014 departure from the road:

“I finished the ‘Apex Predator‘ recording, and my father was very sick in Las Vegas. I lived in England 26 years. Time goes very fast when your parents are aging. So I came home to see how he was. He needed surgery on both knees. But then [after] many tests, [the doctors] said, ‘Oh, you have cancer.’

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So I went home, I got my family and I came back. And I said, I will finish all the shows for the rest of the ‘Utilitarian‘ [cycle]. They do 200 shows a year, and I was the full-time carer for my father, and also my mother was here alone with him, and she couldn’t help him so much.”

“When I moved [back to Las Vegas], he died the day I arrived, actually, when I came back. He had his surgery. And it was shocking. Then my mother was alone, and we couldn’t leave her. We were happy. We settled in. [It was a] crazy culture change for the family and my kids. Yeah, it was very shocking. But I was very happy to be home. So then, three years later, my mother died. Again, she was sick for a while.”

Harris remains a member of Napalm Death, despite no longer touring with them. He said of that:

“I can’t travel, and I don’t want to travel. I don’t feel like it’s that important — ‘Oh, I need to be there for the fans, the band, traveling on a plane every day when my family needs me.’

Sometimes there comes a point in your life where you have to just do the right thing, and I would never feel happy if I was not there when they needed me. I’m sorry for people that they miss me, or whatever, but if you really miss me, there’s a Napalm record, which I played on, which is very intense, and Brave The Cold. Please support it and give it a chance, because this is part of my future.”

Napalm Death‘s new studio album “Throes Of Joy In The Jaws Of Defeatism” saw a release this past September. Brave The Cold‘s debut album “Scarcity” saw a release early last month.


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