ICYMI: Blessthefall And Founding Drummer Matt Traynor Part Ways

With less than three weeks to go until they kick off their Hard Feelings tour with The Word Alive, DED, Thousand Below, and A War Within, metalcore vets Blessthefall have some bummer news. 

After 15 years in the band, original member Matt Traynor will unfortunately be stepping away from his drumming duties in Blessthefall.    

“After much time and consideration, I have come to the personal decision to end my time with Blessthefall. The Hard Feelings US Tour will be my last,” shared Traynor in a heartfelt letter to his fans.

“Making the choice to step away from something that I have been a part of since its origin has been bittersweet. I was ‘living the dream’ for twelve plus years, but now that I have a family, I’ve realized that my dream has changed. I’m so proud to see how far BTF has gone and all the experiences I’ve had. I’ll never forget them.”

Traynor went on to add, “I’d like to thank Beau, Jared, Eric, Elliott, Craig, Mike, Miles, Dave, our management, record labels, my sponsors, all of our crew members– who have been brothers/sisters to me and have shaped me to be who I am today. And of course my wife and family for juggling life around a touring schedule for so long. I’ll forever be grateful.”

“Lastly,” he concluded, “I would like to thank every one of you, who over the years have supported me and this band. BTF would not have been able to withstand the test of time without such an amazing fan base. I hope to see as many of you as possible on my last tour and end my run with a bang!”

To help send off Traynor in the best way possible, be sure to grab tickets to see Blessthefall out on tour in support of their recent release Hard Feelings. Tickets are available here

Tour Dates:

09/02 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
09/03 – Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Sports Cafe
09/04 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
09/05 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
09/06 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
09/07 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
09/08 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
09/09 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
09/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
09/12 – Greensboro, NC @ The Blind Tiger
09/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
09/14 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
09/15 – Providence, RI @ The Met
09/16 – New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
09/17 – Montreal, QC @ Fairmount
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet
09/20 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
09/21 – Columbus, OH @ A&R
09/22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Smalls
09/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
09/25 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
09/26 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge
09/28 – Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
09/29 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
09/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/02 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
10/03 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
10/04 – Berkely, CA @ Cornerstone
10/05 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
10/06 – Phoenix, AZ @ Club Red