Fresh off a beastly ACL Fest performance (which our editor-in-chief and resident fanboy called the best of the fest), The Sword emerges with some bad news. Trivett Wingo, the metal quartet’s drummer (and a founding member), has decided to leave the band. All tour dates have been canceled. The split is apparently amicable, or as amicable as leaving a successful band that you’ve been with for seven years can be.
We recently gave away LP and CD copies of The Sword’s new album autographed by all four members. We’re not sure if this makes those signed albums worthless or priceless. Either way, we thank the band for doing that and we wish them continued success.
The above photo was taken by Red River Noise photographer Chris Carrasquillo at the band’s Waterloo Records performance in August.
Here is Wingo’s official statement:
“It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can’t do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword.” – Trivett Wingo
Here is the band’s official response:
“We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band’s success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn’t be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible.” – JD, Kyle & Bryan