US post-hardcore act, Secrets, have recently parted ways with their screamer, Aaron Melzer.
The vocalist, who joined the group back in 2013, made the sudden announcement on Friday evening (so about Saturday morning for us).
“Friends and fans, there’s no real easy way to say this… After months and months of careful thought and consideration I have decided to part ways with SECRETS. Simply put, the touring lifestyle is no longer for me; I have different goals for my life now. In my two-year career with SECRETS I was able to travel the world, see places I had never dreamed of seeing, and make some great friendships all while doing what I loved most, playing music. I have a lot of people in the industry to thank for helping me along the way but most importantly I have each and every one of you to thank. The amount of love and support I received in my two years with SECRETS was astronomical. You are all (minus those assholes who comment on Youtube videos, you know who you are) truly special and unique individuals with the power to make this world a better place. You certainly made my world a little bit brighter. And for that, I can’t thank you guys enough.
I wish the boys the best of luck and ask that you continue to show them the same support you always have. You’ll love the new guy and he’s tall like me, so filling my shoes (literally) shouldn’t be too difficult.
This was a decision I made to better my life. I wasn’t happy so I made the decision to change it. Going forward, I ask that you respect my decision and my privacy with this matter. But most importantly, I ask that you keep any negative comments to yourself. There’s no more to this story, so I will not be answering any questions. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for your unwavering support. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for you all and I’ll miss seeing those beautiful faces every tour.
If you want to follow our journey through life, my wife Alexa is starting a lifestyle/fashion blog… I may have some guest blog posts where I talk about man-stuff, so be on the lookout (find out more on our Instagrams: @aaronjmelzer & @alexasafran).
Not long after that, the band addressed his departure, as well as announcing that a new song will be on the way shortly. As for a replacement, Wade Walters will be filling in for the band.
“Hey guys, we are sad to say Aaron is no longer a part of the band. He has been an awesome member and an amazing friend, but we understand and respect his decision to be home with his family and start a new path. With that being said, we are very excited to announce his replacement, Wade Walters, who recorded our new album with us. Wade will be joining us on our tour with The Amity Affliction this fall and is very excited to meet all of you. We will be releasing a new song shortly along with more info on our new album. Thank you all so much for your support, can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on!
– Richard (and Joe and Sherman too)”
Melzer first appeared on the band’s sophomore album, ‘Fragile Figures‘, which came out back in 2013. You can check out one of that album’s singles below.