After six years in the band, Monuments have parted ways with their vocalist, Chris Barretto, despite the band beginning a tour of the UK and Europe this week along with a performance at this year’s UK Tech-Fest.
The band confirmed the news of Barretto‘s immediate departure from the band via a statement on Facebook, in which they cite “personal reasons” have resulted in him no longer being in the band.
They’ve also confirmed that all scheduled dates will go ahead as planned, for which they will have Andy Cizek of Makari fill-in for all lead vocal duties.
You can read the band’s full statement below.
“Today we announce the departure of Chris Barretto from Monuments due to personal reasons.
We have traveled to every inhabited continent on Earth with Chris through the music of ‘The Amanuensis’ and ‘Phronesis’. These memories that we created together; both positive and negative, will forever remain irreplaceable and at the highlights of our lives.
For all remaining shows announced and unannounced, we have enlisted the vocal talents of Andy Cizek of Makari as a fill in.
Andy has many incredible voices and we are more than confident that he will smash the Monuments songs to the standard you have all come to expect.
Andy’s debut performance will be at The Haunt in Brighton on the 3rd July.
Browne, Olly, Swan, Lango.”
Chris Barretto joined Monuments in 2013, replacing Matt Rose who left the band earlier that same year. Since joining, Barretto has featured on the band’s last two records, 2014’s ‘The Amanuensis’ and 2018’s ‘Phronesis’.
Before joining Monuments, Barretto was also once a member of the bands Haunted Shores, Periphery, and The HAARP Machine.
At the time of writing, there’s no word on who will act as his permanent replacement and the full-time vocalist for Monuments.