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Interview:
Davison rockers Chiodos forge on with new singer, drummer, album
 

By GARY GRAFF
of the Oakland Press

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It’s been a dramatic couple of years for Chiodos.

The arty hard rock group from Davison, near Flint, parted ways with both founding frontman Craig Owens and drummer Derrick Frost, bringing Brandon Bolmer from the band Yesterday’s Rising to replace Owens and Tanner Wayne, formerly of Underminded and Scary Kids Scaring Kids, to fill the drum chair. Keyboardist Bradley Bell says that the rancorous split with Owens was particularly painful.

“I’ve been best friends with him for almost 10 years,” says Bell, 27, who recently relocated to St. Louis. “We grew up making music together and in choir together and we started (Chiodos) together. It was definitely rough, but nobody really seemed to get along with him anymore. There was obviously a problem there that needed to be fixed.

“And it wasn’t like (Owens) didn’t feel the same way. He told us numerous times that he wanted to leave. We finally stepped up and acted on it instead of being strung along like puppets.”

Bell says the group was aware that changing singers could present something of a public relations problem. But he says Chiodos has been “pleasantly surprised” by fan reaction to both Bolmer and to the group’s third album, “Illuminaudio,” which came out in October and was a Top 5 debut on the Billboard Alternative, Hard Rock and Independent album charts.

“I think most everybody was skeptical of our decision, and they were definitely bitter toward us and there was a lot of negativity,” Bell acknowledges. “But now that they’ve had a chance to hear (‘Illuminaudio’) for themselves, we’re getting a lot of positive comments.

“I think we have a lot of work to do to regain some fans, but at the same time we’re gonna be making new ones every day, so we’re not afraid.”



Chiodos, Atreyu, Blessthefall, Architects UK and Endless Highway perform Wednesday, Nov. 17, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $31.75. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.



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