Chris Letchford is currently the only original member of Scale The Summit. Mark Michell and J.C. Bryant, now former drummer and bassist, both announced their departure from the band via Facebook. You can read their official statements below.
Letchford addressed the band’s line up changes as well and released the statement below.
Apparently the band implemented an employee model at the end of their last tour. Lecthford claims that he couldn’t afford the fees both J.C. and Mark demanded for their work and that ultimately lead to their departures. He also states that his income is based on chance and that he’s doing it for the love of the music. I’m skeptical about Lecthford’s position to not guarantee or set pay for anything the band does because he’s obviously the one dictating the terms.
Letchford claims J.C. and Mark left over money issues yet he fails to mention any budget for the band’s members in his statement. Scale The Summit is a pretty large band, and they definitely make money, so I’m not buying the starving artist routine Letchford is pulling here. If you want to join a full-time metal band and play for free then be my guest and starve but don’t scold others for looking out for their own best interests.
Things just don’t seem to add up if an entire band is willing to suddenly quit, without any concrete back up plans, out of the blue. Was Letchford really in no position to pay or did he just not want to pay the rest of the members for their work? This doesn’t look good for Scale The Summit.
All of the members except for Letchford quit Scale The Summit within a single album cycle. It’s worth mentioning that Travis LeVrier quit Scale The Summit about two months ago to join Entheos. Entheos is currently supporting The Dillinger Escape Plan‘s final US tour alongside O’brother and Cult Leader. J.C. and Mark are working on a new Tetrafusion album that will be released early next year and both are open to new opportunities.
Despite the setbacks, Lecthford announced that Charlie Engen has joined as the new drummer of Scale The Summit. New members will be announced soon along with more info on the band’s upcoming album. We will update you on any further developments.