Citing his inability to invest 100% in Periphery’s ongoing day-to-day business, Nolly said:
“It’s simply not on my mind, and that’s not fair to the rest of the band, the band’s team, and everyone involved in making Periphery a success — and that includes you all too.”
Prior to the release of Periphery’s fifth full length album, Periphery III: Select Difficulty, Nolly had announced his intention not to tour with the band anymore; saying “I want to settle into a more normal existence… and to be able to focus more on the studio side of my music career.” This makes Nolly’s announcement of quitting Periphery outright seem like a logical conclusion to a process that had been in motion for some time.
No replacement bass player has been announced at this time of writing.
Periphery (who have three guitar players) toured in support of Select Difficulty in 2016 and 2017 as a five-piece, with Nolly’s bass played as a backing track.
In addition to playing bass, Nolly co-produced all of Periphery’s post-debut albums alongside founding guitarist Misha Mansoor. He has also produced albums by Devin Townsend, SikTh, Good Tiger, and others.
Nolly (a native of London, UK) joined Periphery in 2012, appearing on every album of theirs other than their self-titled debut. The second album, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal, did much to establish the band as one of the metal scene’s emerging commodities. The Washington, DC based band pioneered djent as a progressive metal subgenre, making way for several other artists with a similar musical approach. Periphery received a Grammy Award™ nomination for the song “The Price Is Wrong” in 2016.
It seems likely that Nolly will continue to associate with Periphery as a producer. His talents in that area contributed to the band’s most successful period so far, and he remains on good terms with the other members of the band.
The effects this will have on Periphery’s writing remains to be seen.
While it might seem odd for a talented and important member of a band to quit at such a crucial and successful moment in its career, Nolly’s decision makes sense. Touring musicians have very stressful schedules heavy with travel and such a lifestyle can break most people. Add in that Periphery issued releases (three albums and an EP) three years straight from 2014 to 2016 inclusive, and it becomes clear that Nolly had no choice but to leave the band if he felt unable to keep up at that pace.
By the same token, it bears mentioning that while a living wage is certainly possible for members of bands on the level of Periphery, it is a lot easier to make more money (and plan for one’s retirement) by working at less stressful jobs. Only the most committed persist in this business.
Given Periphery’s aggressively prolific output and their commitment to touring and “raising their game” as a band, the setback represented by Nolly’s departure will likely be minor and brief. Given that Nolly had already left the band as a touring musician a year before quitting the band outright, it is possible, if not likely, that the band saw this coming and made appropriate plans in advance.
Keep coming back to It Djents for more news about this as it develops. If there is one band that fits the cornerstone of our content, it’s Periphery.