Today, the members of post-hardcore band Slaves each posted a statement to Instagram explaining the stepping down of lead singer and founding member, Jonny Craig. “It is no secret that Jonny has battled with addiction…sometimes those battles are won, and most recently lost.” According to the post, Craig made the decision to fly home to California just before the band was scheduled to board a flight to the United Kingdom to kick off their European tour for the recent release of their EP Revision.
With the sudden change in lineup, the band was forced to cancel their show in Bristol. The band announced via Instagram the stepping in of singer Matt McAndrew for the remainder of the European tour. McAndrew competed in season seven of NBC’s hit reality TV show “The Voice,” finishing as runner-up as part of team Adam Levine.
Craig issued a separate statement on Instagram, detailing his recent relapse and decision to step away from the band to seek treatment, saying he is doing what is best for him and his career for the first time. But this isn’t Craig’s first time breaking from Slaves due to a drug addiction. In 2016, the band disbanded and Craig pursued a solo career after several run-ins with drug and alcohol abuse.
In an exclusive interview with Intrigue during their 2018 summer tour with Australian rock band Awaken I Am, Craig and bassist Colin Vieira assured the band was finally where they’ve wanted to be since it was first formed in 2014. “We’ve accomplished what we set out to accomplish,” said Craig.
“We’re in a good spot right now,” Vieira told Intrigue. “This is probably the best that we’ve been.”
Despite Craig’s recent decision to step down, the current members of Slaves finalized their statement with a hopeful note for the band’s future: “We also have some exciting news on the future of Slaves (we think you will be excited) coming soon.”