After spending 7 years with the band, it has been announced today that Pennsylvania based metalcore outfit Motionless In White have parted ways with their long serving bassist and back-up vocalist, Devin “Ghost” Sola.
The band announced the news of his immediate departure from the group via a statement issued on their official Facebook page, in which they’ve stated that for the foreseeable future ex-member Thomas “TJ” Bell (currently in Escape The Fate) will be filling in bass duties for all forthcoming tour dates.
You can read the band’s full statement below.
We regret to inform you that Motionless In White and long time bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola are parting ways. It has been a pleasure to have spent the past 7 years on the road around the world with Devin creating lifelong memories. We wish him nothing but the best as he enters the next chapter of his life. For more information please see Devin’s social pages @lonesomeghosts.
We will still be performing on every single date of the upcoming Vans Warped Tour 2018 and are excited to announce that ex-Motionless member TJ Bell will be filling in on bass for the duration of the tour.
Thank you for your understanding, and thank you Devin for your dedication, creativity, and all that you have contributed towards Motionless In White for the past 7 years.
Following on from the band’s collective announcement, Sola also issued a personal statement of his own regarding his decision to step down, which you can read in full below.
— Devin Sola ? (@LonesomeGhosts) May 4, 2018
“It is believed that every seven years you experience a substantial shift in your life. In 2011 I arrived at a new, exciting chapter and now in 2018 I am entering another. As of today I will officially be parting ways with Motionless In White.
I’ve traveled the world, had unforgettable experiences and most importantly created friendships that will last a lifetime. I had the amazing privilege of performing and showing my art to the world and that’s truly all I could ever ask for. Unfortunately in more recent times a multitude of circumstances made it extremely difficult for me to hold on to my connection with so many. The cons simply began to outweigh the pros. It hindered my ability to live a productive life. I began deprioritizing myself and my well being. This began to take a toll on my psyche and at the hardest of times caused me to experience fatigue, overwhelming anxiety and depression. As I grow older and analyze things differently I realize that I have to consider the results of this and make a change in order to live a happy and healthy life.
Thank you to every crew member, fellow musician and anyone else I shared this time with. I am incredibly fortunate for everything I have experienced and truly blessed for having such amazing and talented individuals in my life. You influenced me to be my strongest and helped me when I was at my weakest. I can’t thank you enough and love you all. Above all, thank you to every fan who has shown their sincere, incredible support. You poured your hearts out and I consider myself so lucky to be a part of the community you invited me into. You truly are the driving force. Many of you continuously touched my heart with your dedication, creativity and passion. You are the fire that kept me burning through out these past seven years and I will never forget that.
I will continue to hold onto the love and energy you have all so graciously given me and place it in a positive, new environment for myself. Thank you.”
Devin “Ghost” Sola joined the band back in 2011 following TJ Bell‘s departure earlier that year.
In his stint with Motionless In White, Sola appeared on the band’s past three records, the latest being last year’s ‘Graveyard Shift’.
More details surrounding a permanent replacement bassist in Motionless In White will be confirmed as it develops.