Former SPINESHANK frontman Jonny Santos has issued the following update on his SILENT CIVILIAN project:
"I know I havent posted in a while but as I'm sure you all know, I have been busy as hell. Well there is a lot going on right now and I think you guys/girls should know what is happening. There is bad news, and good news.
"Bad news. Due to personal reasons not related to the band, Ryan [Ready, guitar] has decided to bow out and leave the band. This was not an easy decision for him and he will truely be missed. I have been friends with Ryan since high school and have had the pleasure of being in two bands with him and his presence has always brought a smile to my face and those who have had the opportunity to play with him. Chris [Mora, drums], Henno [bass], and myself wish him only the best in life and hope that he finds the peace he is looking for. He said to tell all of you that he is sorry, and he thanks you for the support given during his time in SILENT CIVILIAN. I am sure we will eventually see Ryan surface in something else, but he has much to deal with right now and this band is too demanding of him at this present time. Thank you, Ryan, you will be missed.
"OK, onto the good news. Because of Ryan's departure, we were in a scramble to find someone good, and someone fast. I thought of a lot of people and the one person whom I knew would be right for the job was an old friend of mine by the name of Tim Mankowski. I have known Tim for roughly 15 years and he just so happened to be in BASIC ENIGMA with me and Tommy for a couple of years. He was a shredder back then, and he still is. So… I want everyone to give Tim a big ol SILENT CIVILIAN welcome!! He auditioned the day after Ryan left and is currently up to pace with us in less than a week. He is a great guy and a very talented guitar player. We look forward to having a great carreer together. As soon as he has a MySpace page, we will post a link.
"Finally, we [have posted] the last and final song you guys will get till the record comes out. . .The name of the song is 'Divided' and [is] the first song you hear when you load the [MySpace] page.
"Those of you who are on the West Coast might get an opportunity to see the band live as we are preparing to play a few dates in California next month. We will be playing in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area just to have a little fun. We feel we should get our feet wet, and hope our Cali fans can make it out. I will post the dates as soon as they are booked."