Underoath splits with founding drummer Aaron Gillespie
Keeping track of who's in Underoath has always been a chore. The Christian metalcore icons from Tampa have had a ton of rotating lineups over the years; Wikipedia even has a page titled "List of Underoath band members."
Now the band's only remaining link to its earliest days is gone. Founding drummer Aaron Gillespie (second from right in the photo above) and the band have "amicably split ways," according to an announcement from the band.
"This was not a decision made in haste but a thought out and prayed upon group agreement. It in no way affects any of the shows left on this tour," the statement read in part. "They will still be our best efforts and enjoyable experiences for all. For the future, Aaron will be pursuing other musical and ministry endeavors."
Gillespie was the band's sole remaining founding member from 1997, which raises an interesting question. Is Underoath actually, technically, "Underoath" anymore? Theoretically, the band's original lineup could now reform. Wouldn't THAT be Underoath?
That's not likely, of course. Founding singer Dallas Taylor is now the frontman for Maylene and the Sons of Disaster, so he's doing okay for himself. And besides, Gillespie himself has a pretty successful side project: The Almost.
Of course, Underoath has built their fan base a great deal over the last few years, with many of the members who are still there, including singer Spencer Chamberlain.
What do you fans think? With no remaining original members, is Underoath still Underoath anymore? Are they due for a name change? Will you shift your allegiances to Maylene and The Almost?
Get the full announcement after the jump.
From the press release:
UNDEROATH and DRUMMER AARON GILLESPIE AMICABLY PART WAYSUNDEROATH and longtime drummer Aaron Gillespie have announced they’ll amicably part ways. "We are taking this opportunity to sadly inform you the six of us have decided at the end of the current European tour, Aaron will no longer be playing in UNDEROATH. This was not a decision made in haste but a thought out and prayed upon group agreement. It in no way affects any of the shows left on this tour. They will still be our best efforts and enjoyable experiences for all. For the future, Aaron will be pursuing other musical and ministry endeavors. As for the rest of us we will continue to work hard on the new UNDEROATH record. We appreciate the love and support from everyone in the past and hope that all of us will continue to receive your support on our future paths."