Last week, in response to our interview with 36 Crazyfists’ Brock Lindow, Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner reached out to tell us that the band wasn’t broken up, just on hiatus, and that we’d be hearing from their members shortly. It didn’t take long at all, as Flotsam and Jetsam announced that Bittner will be playing with them. This move comes after the recent departure of founding drummer Kelly Smith, who left the band to tend to family matters.
“I have been a FLOTSAM AND JETSAM fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the eighties and nineties.
I’ve been lucky enough to be in the background of the FLOTSAM AND JETSAM camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith.
I am hard at work relearning all the classic FLOTZ material and can’t wait to record and tour with the band in 2015.”
Bittner will focus on his new gig, “after the completion of the 2015 U.S. SHADOWS FALL hiatus tour, which will happen spring/summer 2015.” Flotsam and Jetsam may have a new album out early next year, and they’re in the planning stages of a European tour for spring of 2015.