Despite having released their sophomore full-length album ‘Our Lost Hearts’ not too long ago, and still working to promote the record on the road, alternative rockers Phoenix Calling have regrettably announced that they have parted ways with vocalist, Steve Chapman.
The news of his parting was confirmed by the band in a short statement that they published via their Facebook page. You can read it below.
“We are sorry to announce that vocalist, Steve Chapman, has left the band. This change marks a new chapter in the development of Phoenix Calling and we will be back in the recording studio and doing some shows very soon.
We would like to thank Steve for his contribution to the band and wish him all the best in his future projects.”
Along with the collective announcement from the remaining members of the band, Chapman has also issued a personal statement of his own, in which he says he was “forced out” of the band by their management due to his behaviour on the first date of their most recent tour.
You can read Chapman‘s full statement below.
“I am truly upset and gutted to be writing this. I have been forced out of Phoenix Calling by the bands management!! I was recently struggling with some personal issues and stupidly got intoxicated during first tour show. Issues and excitement of touring got the better of me. (Weak I know) The next day of tour. I held my hands up realised It was stupid, apologised to everyone and the rest of tour I didnt get drunk before anymore shows. We all held our hands up to mistakes. We are human after all. Any feedback from people watching our shows, I had was good. Anybody that knows me, knows how much this band and music means to me. Me and the Phoenix Calling boys been working so hard from day 1. I’m so so fucking angry that it’s been taken away from me. Through people because they have fucking money!!!! I just hope the boys that I’ve considered brothers in Phoenix Calling including new drummer Luke. Stand by me!!”
The band released a video for their latest single ‘Lose This’ last week.
More news surrounding the future activity of Phoenix Calling will be confirmed as it develops.