Following the sudden hospitalization and subsequent passing of Teenage Bottlerocket drummer Brandon Carlisle last November, many in the punk community have wondered if this marked the end of the Wyoming pop-punk unit. Today, TBR answered that question via their Facebook page.
“There’s no way Brandon would want us to throw in the towel, to let this band that he spent his life building just end. Fuck no,” the band wrote. “Brandon would want us to keep playing, always. He loved this band. The decision was made based on that, and so here we are. We’re still a band. We’re going to keep rocking and we’re going to do it with Brandon in our hearts.”
The band went on to announce that Old Wives drummer Darren Chewka will take Brandon Carlisle’s throne for the foreseeable future, commenting, “We flew him in for a weekend of practice and it all clicked immediately. Day one we were all in disbelief at how well he knew the songs and how solidly he played them. Day two we knew 110% we’d found our guy.”
You can watch a video of the band’s new lineup performing “Bigger Than KISS” below. While Teenage Bottlerocket has not announced any future tour dates as of yet, they promise that they are “already talking about [their] next move” and to “stay tuned.”