Today, Oakland California’s industrial sludge savants, Neurosis offered fans a look into the group’s future, releasing an official band statement:
“As of today, after much thought and discussion, visual projections as we have presented them over the last 20 years will no longer be part of Neurosis live shows.
“We are going to begin the process of reinventing our live presentation. This process will begin at zero, allowing the music to speak for itself and lead us where it may. Whatever form or however long this may take is unknown.
“This also signals a parting of the ways with our visual artist of the last twelve years, Josh Graham. Josh’s tireless work and talent came at a time when we really needed it and carried us gracefully into the video age with original content we couldn’t have dreamed of when we were just starting out. Our parting comes from a place of mutual respect, friendship and understanding. We all agree that this is a step Neurosis has to take and are open to working together on specific projects in the future. We wish him success and the best of luck with all of his own musical endeavors and artistic passions.
In the spirit of sound,
-Steve, Dave, Jason, Noah, and Scott”
In conjunction with this release, Josh Graham issued the following statement:
“For us all, time for change has come. The friendships and body of work that have spawned from our time together will live on as we move forward. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with Neurosis over the last 12 years.
“As the crossroads are upon us, and we feel that the pinnacle of our collaborative efforts have been reached; we now look toward our individual futures with support and encouragement. Constant reinvention is at the heart and soul of us all, and we will all continue to persevere.
“Despite the larger picture winding down as we move on in our own directions, we will continue to work together on specific legacy projects including reissues and possibly more if/when the right projects come up.
Onward.” – Josh Graham
Following the recent delivery of their monumental tenth studio album “Honor Found In Decay”, released at the end of October worldwide via the band’s own Neurot Recordings, Neurosis recently returned to their point of inception in Oakland, California to perform a massive album release show, with support from Voivod and YOB. The event brought in fans from all across the country and beyond, packing the massive, historic Fox Theater with a legion of diehard supporters of the band.
View new live footage of Neurosis performing material from “Honor Found In Decay” and more from the release show here.
This week, Neurosis will cross the Atlantic to perform at two special UK concerts; first at ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas as hosted by Steve Albini’s band Shellac, followed by a concert in London with the mighty Godflesh. Additional live performances will continue to be announced in the coming weeks.
Music is the universal language, speak it loudly!
Rustyn Rose is a veteran music journalist who owns and operates Metalholic Magazine and Metalholic Radio.