Austin rockers SCORPION CHILD have added a new face to their lineup: drummer Jon "Charn" Rice, formerly of JOB FOR A COWBOY.
Comments SCORPION CHILD bassist and founding member Shaun Avants: "SCORPION CHILD is excited to announce some recent lineup changes within the camp.
"As with any team or group, decisions must be made that are vital to the overall attitude, creativity, quality, and lifespan of a shared and common goal. Any decision we make is and always will be for the betterment and advancement of this band.
"That being said, we have decided to move forward as a four-piece — at least for now — as we say goodbye to our friends [rhythm guitarist] Tom Frank and [former drummer] Shawn Alvear. We wish them the very best in any and all of their future endeavors and it should be noted that their contributions were not without their merits.
"We are pleased to announce that Jon 'Charn' Rice will be taking the position as our new drummer. He exemplifies ambition, hard work, and the general personality that gives this band the potential to function as a tighter unit. His handful of performances with NONPOINT and the Shiprocked cruise earlier this year only solidified our faith in his abilities and filled us with an overwhelming excitement for the coming possibilities.
"Thank you to all of our fans for weathering the seas of change. We'll see you all very soon.
"Bigger. Better. Faster. Stronger."
Before heading out to the U.K. for nine shows starting March 16, SCORPION CHILD will have a showcase at this year's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
SCORPION CHILD's self-titled debut album sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 26 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
"Scorpion Child" was released on June 25, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Entertainment, the new U.S. partnership between Nuclear Blast owner Markus Staiger and former Roadrunner Records A&R chief Monte Conner. Produced and arranged by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (THE ANSWER, ...AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, THE TOADIES, DAX RIGGS), the CD was recorded using analog recording technology.
Photo by Weston McGowen