Melbourne ambient metalcore act House Vs Hurricane (HvH) have parted ways with long term keyboardist Joey Fragione, due to personal and musical tensions. Joey was a significant part of the well known HvH sound, which incorporates dance influenced synth along with more traditional hardcore and metalcore riffs. He had also written a significant part of the band’s debut album, Perspectives, which caused quite a stir on the Australian scene when it was released in March 2010.
The split was announced on Tumblr last week and the band had the following to say with regard to their future direction:
“We shall continue on as a five-piece, with all our currently booked shows proceeding as planned. We’ll also be announcing a tour we’re really excited about this Wednesday and if all goes to plan, we’re hoping to have a brand new song for you all around March. Our attention from now will be focused on continuing the writing process for our second full-length record, which we’re aiming to record in the middle of the year, with a release to follow in the second half of 2011. We’ll be filming a series of writing/jamming videos so you can all follow the progress of the record (and give you all a bit more insight into what we do), along with consistent tour and studio diaries when the time is right.”
Read the full statement here.
While they are continuing on without a keyboardist, the band has stated that keyboards and electronics will remain part of their sound. HvH are no stranger to line-up shifts, having two bassists and one drummer depart in the last two years, as well as several fill-in members. Nonetheless they have gone from strength to strength, recently playing a national run of shows on the No Sleep Til Festival, alongside massive bands including Megadeth, Katatonia, Parkway Drive and Atreyu.
The band clearly have no intention of slowing down; they will be hitting stages across Australia with several Melbourne shows and a national tour coming up. Catch HvH live tomorrow night (Tues, Jan 25th) in Melbourne at Plastic (Bang venue) supported by Melbourne hardcore act Vultures. HvH are also playing Pushover on March 13, along with a big line-up including Deez Nuts, Dream on Dreamer, I Exist, Hopeless, Break Even and Trainwreck. To top it all off they are undertaking a national tour in March, with Your Demise (UK) and Adelaide purveyors of dirty hardcore, Nazarite Vow. The tour kicks off on March 17, and is hitting all major cities, including two shows in Melbourne at the Corner on March 19 (+18) and 20 (AA).