And then there was one… It was announced today that vocalist Mike Semesky, drummer Alex Rudinger, and bassist Ollie Rooney have left The HAARP Machine. This currently leaves guitarist Al Mu’min as the only member left.
The three exiting members issued the joint statement, essentially pointing the blame directly at Mu’min:
“Due to irreconcilable personal differences with our guitarist Al Mu’min, the three of us (Alex, Ollie, and I) have decided to part ways with The HAARP Machine. This was in no way an easy decision to make but the three of us feel that it is in our best interest to pursue other musical endeavors at this time. We would like to thank all of our fans, our friends and families, Sumerian Records, and everyone else who supported our band along the way. Rest assured that the three of us are in no way giving up on our music careers and we’d encourage you all to follow our individual YouTube channels to keep up with our tunes while we are in pursuit of our new musical homes.
Take care and thank you for reading,
Mike, Alex, and Ollie”
The split comes at an interesting time, since Rudinger has recently been spotted playing with The Faceless in place of Lyle Cooper (who officially confirmed his departure shortly after). Whether Rudinger is The Faceless’ permanent new drummer, though, has yet to be confirmed. Also yet to be seen is how Mu’min will be able to continue on with The HAARP Machine. As of now, Mu’min has yet to issue a statement regarding the massive lineup change.
[via Metal Sucks]