Chiodos, it seems, can't escape the drama.
During the past couple of years the modern rock group from Davison, near Flint, celebrated the return of original frontman Craig Owens after an acrimonious four-year separation and the release of a hot new album, "Devil," in April. But during the summer the group suffered another shake-up, with the founding rhythm section of Matt Goddard and Derrick Frost leaving the band, the latter for a second time.
"They really didn't want to be here," Owens, 30, says of Goddard and Frost. "Matt told us he was (leaving) at the beginning of the summer tour, which sucked and deflated the energy out of us all. Then our AC broke on the bus when we were down in Arizona, New Mexico, Texas -- so it wasn't a great tour, as you can imagine.
"I'm hurt. I'm sad and disappointed they decided to jsut leave like that. That bums me out, 'cause it hurts the fans, it hurts the band. And it hurts the music when not everybody is putting their full effort in. Those last couple of weeks weren't very pleasant."
Nevertheless, the latest change has only strengthened the resolve of Owens, keyboardist Bradley Bell and guitarist Pat McManaman to keep Chiodos going.
"We went in the back lounge of the bus and straight up took an oath, a sacred oath," Owens recalls. "We said none of us will ever leave Chiodos; if it comes down to it, we'll have a conversation and put it on hiatus. It won't go on without the three of us."
Chiodos is currently touring with temporary replacements for Goddard and Frost, and Owens says the focus is now on what he considers a bright future. "There's a relief there's not that tension anymore; everybody who's here wants to be here," he explains. "That means the most to me. I want to make music with my friends who want to make music.
"It gives us a massive opportunity to grow as a band now. It brings us 10 time closer, and then the people that we bring in hopefully will be able to push us musically and hopefully we can do a bit more of a progressive record next time around. It's been a hard time, but we're feeling more positive than I think people expect we should."
Chiodos with Bring Me The Horizon
Friday, Sept. 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St.
Tickets are $29.50 in advance, $35 day of show
Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com
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