When we signed Bonfires earlier this year, we had all eyes on the band's next EP. We were ecstatic when we were sent the final masters for The Way This Ends, which was originally set to come out in early-2016. But sometimes things change. Due to the news that frontman Zech Pluister will be leaving the band, Bad Timing and Bonfires decided to release the EP in full just in time for Christmas. The EP is up as a pay-what-yoywant price on Bandcamp today and will be on all digital outlets by midnight tonight. Statements from both the band, who will continue on, and Zech can be read below.
After careful thought and a lot of internal conversation, our vocalist Zech Pluister will be stepping away from his role in Bonfires. This may come across as a sudden decision to our fans, but it’s an important decision for us to make, and we want to be as transparent as we can about it in order to keep the band moving on.
With that said, we recorded an EP called "The Way This Ends" over the summer. This development threw a wrench in our plans to release the record early next year, so, in cooperation with Bad Timing Records, we've decided to release the entire EP digitally today. It is available to stream and buy for name-your-price right now on Bandcamp. Bad Timing is helping us out with this release, and since there will be no physical pressings of the record, all the proceeds from this EP will be helping us all recoup the costs of recording. "The Way This Ends" will be available on iTunes/other digital music services tomorrow. This will be our last release with Zech on vocals.
Our upcoming shows at Snowed In (12/19) and House of Blues (12/21) will be Zech's last performances with Bonfires.
Bonfires will continue moving forward. We will be actively writing and releasing music and touring/playing shows. Our guitarist, Brad Harvey, will be taking on vocal duties for Bonfires from this point on. Thank you all so much for your continued support. We'll see you soon.
From Zech Pluister:
Dearest friends, fans, and anyone who has ever followed my musical career. Today is a very sad day for me. After an absolutely incredible year and a half I've made the decision to step down as the vocalist of Bonfires. The decision was without a doubt one of the hardest I've ever made.
I'm stepping down because recently, the musical vision that we all had in the beginning was no longer the same across the board. These things happen. People change over time, music tastes change, goals change, and in the last couple months I've realized that he vision I have no longer coincides with that of the other members of the band. So I will be pursuing some new musical venture sometime soon.
Over the course of my time in the band a lot of things happened, good and bad, internal and external, amazing tours, good and bad shows. I will never forget my time with the other four incredibly talented musicians that I've pent the better part of five years making music with, in Bonfires and other projects, and none of it would have been possible without them. I want to thank Kyle, Brad, Kevin and Nate for being apart of this with me. You boys are my best friends and my brothers, and I hope nothing but the best for all of you and the future of Bonfires.
Most importantly, I want to thank the fans, because without all of you amazing people, guys like me wouldn't have chance to do the thing we love most, and it truly is a very special thing. Thank you for coming to our shows, screaming words at me, talking to me after shows, all of the pictures. I sincerely cannot thank you enough. I love you all so dearly, I cant even begin to express it.
So thank you everyone, this isn't the end for me musically. Hopefully I'll be back with something for everyone soon.