Whilst currently amidst a headline tour across the UK and Europe to close off their year, The Amity Affliction have confirmed that drummer Ryan Burst has had to exit the run for the remainder of the run and return home to focus on his current state of mental health.
The tour will continue as normal, with Casey McHale of the now defunct Welsh post-hardcore outfit Funeral For A Friend stepping in to fill his seat for the rest of the dates.
The band posted about Burt‘s decision to step away from the remainder of the tour via a statement on their official Facebook account. You can read the full post below:
“We are sad to announce that Ryan will not be performing on any further shows on the This Could Be Heartbreak UK / European headline tour.
Ryan has recently been battling some ongoing mental demons, and as a group of friends who have had to deal with mental health issues in one way or another, all four of us knew that the best course of action was for him to take the time to go home and get some professional support. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but it is the right one. Our priority at this point is Ryan’s health, and that will always come first.
The shows themselves will all continue as planned, with Casey McHale filling in on drums. He’s an amazing musician and a great friend of both Ryan and the band, and we know we can rely on him to deliver the show you all deserve to see.
We ask that everyone respect Ryan’s privacy while he’s getting better.
If you need someone to talk to regarding mental health, please don’t hesitate to seek help from someone who is properly trained and qualified.”
The band’s fifth full-length album, ‘This Could Be Heartbreak’, is available now via UNFD/Roadrunner Records.