NEWS: The Gospel Youth part ways with bassist, Tom Aylott!

After joining the band towards the beginning of 2016, who since have embarked on several tour runs and confirmed a signing with Rise Records/Velocity Records, rising British pop-punk group The Gospel Youth have parted ways with bassist, Tom Aylott.

The band released a statement via Facebook earlier today, announcing Aylott‘s departure, which you can read below:

“I remember meeting Tom years ago in a dive bar in London and we spoke for hours about punk rock and touring. Some years later, when we first started this band he was the first to get behind us and help us into a platform for our music that made us able to do some of the things we’ve achieved today.

With that, I’m sorry to announce that Tom is no longer a part of The Gospel Youth. He is, and always will be one of our best friends and we’re eternally grateful for all the hard work and dedication he constantly put in to the last few years but with the next chapter, we’ve decided that it’s best we part ways. Tom will be continuing his incredible solo stuff, so please give him a follow and support everything he does. He’s one of the best human beings this planet has to offer and we’ll miss him a lot. Thank you for your time, brother. TGY”

Along with the band releasing a statement, Aylott also released a statement of his own which he posted via his own website/blog. You can read his statement in full below:

“At the end of 2014, I picked up a 3 track EP called ‘Kids’ for release via Speaking Tongues. It came from a fledgling band called The Gospel Youth formed from members of bands that had been kicking around the UK scene a few years before. I knew immediately I wanted to be involved; I thought the songs and the band had something special about them, and I did what I could to get the music out there to as many people as possible.

I’ve held behind the scenes roles of manager, record label, PR, manager, merch designer and everything in between for the band, and when I took over bass duties at the beginning of last year it really felt like a natural move – I was reaching the limits of what I could do for the band as a manager and I was becoming a far more active and engaged musician at the time.

2016 was a hard year for everyone in the band as much as it was an exciting one – producing the singles club was a huge weight on Jules, and keeping up with the demands of what we’d set out to achieve were more hard work than I think anyone had anticipated. Still, I felt a strong if not always smooth bond between us had formed, and being in the band kept me going as a lot of things were falling apart. The payoff arrived with new management and a deal with Velocity / Rise in the second half of last year, and it’s set up an amazing 2017. Unfortunately, the rest of the band have decided that the Underworld show supporting Seaway will be my last with them, and I will no longer be part of The Gospel Youth going forward.

At this point it’s only appropriate that I offer a huge thank you to everyone that’s ever supported my efforts with The Gospel Youth (in whatever way you did) – I appreciate every leap of faith you made and it’s been an exciting project to be a part of.

Moving forward, I’ll be playing some select shows of my solo material this year, and I’ll also be returning to what I’ve been doing in the UK for over a decade – supporting new music.

Love, always x”

More new surrounding future releases and activity from The Gospel Youth and solo output from Aylott will be confirmed as and when it develops.