SKINLAB guitarist Glen Telford, who quit the group shortly before they made the announcement that they would be going on a lengthy self-imposed hiatus to recharge their batteries, appears to have had a change of heart.
The New Zealand-born axeman, who joined the band in May 2001, has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET explaining his decision to leave — and possibly return to — SKINLAB after taking some much-needed time off:
"What's up everyone?! Some of you may have heard that I left SKINLAB. [Well] I did leave SKINLAB. I feel that if you can't give 100% to a band, you shouldn't be there! I have a lot going on in my life, building a recording studio, trying to start a label, and other life issues that won't allow me to jump on a tour anytime real soon, so rather than hold up SKINLAB, I felt it would be better to leave! I dreaded doing this — SKINLAB are my brothers and I love the band and the fans! I've meet the coolest people in the world, and had the greatest times! We all have lives and it's hard to maintain them on the road! I have thought a lot about the decision I have made and have since thrown the idea that maybe I could come back when ready to crush! So hopefully I can come back with SKINLAB and kill the world! A break is definitely needed, though! I just can't imaging playing without those guys now! They're my brothers and the music is rad!!! So hopefully I'll get to see you all again with a new record that KILLS!! Until then peace and thanx for the great times!! Glenny :)"
SKINLAB's next release will be "The Nerve Damage Sessions", a full-length CD containing alternate versions of studio tracks, several live tracks recorded on the band's "ReVolting Room" tour, plus two new songs ("Beneath The Surface" and "Losing All"). The final details have yet to be ironed out, but it is believed that the CD will include a couple of the Steve Evetts mixes of the "ReVolting Room" material, plus various remixes, a video for "Losing All", and possibly even some live video footage filmed on the band's last tour. An early 2004 release through Century Media Records is expected.