According to a post published on their Facebook page today, Buffalo, New York metalcore giants Every Time I Die have officially lost their drummer, Ryan Leger. Leger had been a part of the band since 2009.
“[S]adly, Ryan ‘Legs’ Leger is no longer with us,” the band’s Facebook post reads. “[H]e’s not dead, he has just voluntarily ended his involvement with ETID in order to spend more time with his family and hopefully one day earn that coveted #1 Dad mug he’s heard so much about. we wish him nothing but the best and we will all miss him dearly. but the show must go off. enter Daniel Davison… see you soon.”
If the band’s post is to be believed, the split between Leger and Every Time I Die was little aside from completely amicable, and it’s not at all unusual to see musicians quit their primary commitments due to the ensembles’ demanding touring schedules and the conflicting needs of their budding families. Of note, however, is the band’s choice of replacement in Daniel Davison.
Daniel Davison, 32, is a Georgia-born, Chicago-based video director and artist, in addition to his extensive work as a drummer. Davison is known as the original drummer and a founding member of Norma Jean, the influential metalcore outfit now in their 18th year. He also replaced Underoath’s Aaron Gillespie after the founding drummer/singer quit in May 2010, helping to write the band’s last record, Ø (Disambiguation) and touring with Underoath until their breakup in 2013. In the interim between Underoath’s breakup and today’s announcement, Davison has predominantly functioned as a music video director, directing videos for such clients as Sony/BMG Recordings, Epitaph Records, Solid State Records, EMI, Virgin Records, and Warner Music Group; he’s also done videos for BlesstheFall, Anberlin, For Today, Mewithoutyou, Delta Spirit, LetLive, and August Burns Red.
As for Every Time I Die, Leger’s departure is certainly not the first time they’ve lost a drummer. In 2009, Leger’s predecessor, Mike “Ratboy” Novak, had a very public falling-out with ETID, which was chronicled comprehensively by most metal-oriented media outlets. The two parties both issued statements following the split, with Novak telling Lambgoat he felt like he was getting himself “out of an uncomfortable, unhealthy situation” and ETID rejoining, “The person that fills the vacant shoes Ratboy left is going to be more hungry and more intense and bring a renewed energy to the stage, not simply be able learn the songs and repeat them for a half hour every night. Someone that doesn’t take being in a band for granted and wants to destroy everyone and every thing sonically.”
While Every Time I Die does have a history of acrimony with parting drummers, there is nothing to suggest this is the case in this particular situation. Further still, there’s little to indicate Daniel Davison won’t be able to occupy Leger’s now vacant spot with gusto.