MISERY SIGNALS — the post-hardcore act which recently parted ways with two of its founding members, guitarist Stu Ross and bassist Kyle Johnson — has vowed to regroup and carry on. "Those are two really talented guys, and they will be hard to replace," the remaining members of the band — Ryan Morgan (guitar), Branden Morgan (drums) and Karl Schubach (vocals) — said in a statement. "But it was time for them to move on, which will be the best thing for them individually and the best thing for the band. It went down really amicably, and we remain best friends. In the next few months, we'll group back up and return."
MISERY SIGNALS blends math rock tropes like tricky time signature shifts and twiddy guitar parts with strained aggression and sore throat vocals of screamo, creating a sound with more emotional heft than the former yet that is also less monochromatic than the latter.
In January 2009 MISERY SIGNALS began a year-long world tour. Kicking off in Austrailia, this trek covered Southeast Asia, Europe, United States and Canada. As the tour wrapped up, the bandmembers decided to spend some time on their various side projects.
"We've toured for seven years straight, but 2009 was especially intense," said Ryan. "We let up quite a bit to allow time for aspects outside of MISERY SIGNALS — but none of us have let up as musicians. We're all making music every day."
Ryan has begun working on a project with Stu Ross and Kyle Johnson that has developed into a hardcore/punk band known as BURNING EMPIRES. Other members of this band include FALL OUT BOY's Andy Hurley (drums) and 7 ANGELS 7 PLAGUES' Matt Mixon (guitar). Ryan's brother, MISERY SIGNALS drummer Branden Morgan, and Ross teamed up with COMEBACK KID's Casey Hjelmburg and Matt Keil to form the pop hardcore/punk band LOWTALKER. In the meantime, Karl Schubach has been working on his solo project SOLACE, which he is both writing and producing. In addition to these projects, Ryan recently became a father and Branden has begun teaching drums.
"Controller", the third full-length album from MISERY SIGNALS, sold around 2,900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD was recorded with producer Devin Townsend (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DARKEST HOUR, SOILWORK) and was the group's second to feature vocalist Karl Schubach.
MISERY SIGNALS' "A Certain Death" video was directed by David Brodsky, who has previously worked with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS and HELMET, among others.