SHERIFF JON STONE, aka keyboardist Matt, has quitLo-Fidelity Allstars on the verge of their first US tour, following the departure last year of The Wrekked Train, aka singer Dave Randall.
Keyboard player Matt, one of the original founders of the band along with Dave and Phil (aka Albino Priest), has decided not to accompany the rest of the band on their 17-date jaunt, which US industry insiders are tipping to make or break the band over there.
DJ Phil – widely acknowledged as the creative powerhouse of the band – said that it was still unclear whether Matt‘s departure was permanent. He also explained that the band almost split last December, when Dave left in the middle of their UK tour. He said they decided to keep going as the material they had written for their forthcoming second album was so good.
Phil continued, “December shook everybody up. It was a mad time for Dave and everybody. We’re just getting out of the fallout at the moment. But if the new stuff hadn’t been that good we wouldn’t have kept going.”
Randall is now concentrating on painting and is organising an exhibition of his works. But Phil believes they could still work together again. But a source close to the band said the main reason for the split was ego struggles between the three founders and that any reconciliation in a working capacity seemed unlikely.
The remaining Lo-Fi‘s, meanwhile, will finish writing their second album, the follow-up to last year’s ‘How To Operate With A Blown Mind’ on the bus during their US tour. They will be joined on tour by Dale, aka Pele, who replaces Matt. The band are also working on material for the soundtrack to forthcoming film Man Of The People, starring Al Pacino and directed by Miami Vice creator and Heat director Michael Mann.
Meanwhile, Lo-Fidelity Allstars release their DJ mix album ‘On The Floor At The Boutique With Lo-Fidelity Allstars’ in April.
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