Monday, January 8, 2007

James McIvor leaves Lola Ray

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It makes me sad to launch this new forum (http://www.lolarayband.blogspot.com/) by announcing the departure of James from the Lola Ray family. James actually left the band in October and we have taken a couple months off from touring to deal with his departure and to find a new bass player. The split was completely amicable and we are happy that we all have remained best of friends throughout his leaving. His decision to leave was not based on unhappiness with the band, but rather on his growing call to return to University and his incredible intellect. James is quite a smart man and we wish him the best in his future academic pursuits. The departure of James was a huge blow to John and I, as he was a great value to the band and is a great friend of ours. We have decided to continue with Lola Ray with a renewed passion and drive for our music and careers, but with a eye to make sure that the spirit that James brought to our band will not be forgotten.

On a brighter note, we have used our time off well and looks like we should be back on tour in February. We will have more details on future tours soon. We have launched this blog to better keep in touch with our fans and friends and to keep everyone better posted on all our news. We should be updating http://www.lolarayband.blogspot.com/ about twice a week so please check in often and leave comments.

We have also posted brand new merch on http://www.lolarayband.blogspot.com/ including hoodies which we have never had available before. So, in closing, we miss James greatly, but John and I have attacked the band with a renewed sense of purpose and dedication so look forward to much activity in 2007 and we can't wait to announce tour dates that will bring us back to your town soon. Take care and best wishes to everyone,
-brian

14 comments:

Kaitlyn said...

I'm happy youguys started this blog, and I can't wait to see you on tour again! :D

Shel said...

Sorry to hear about James departure from the band, he'll be greatly missed..I look forward to hearing more from all of you in the future and I wish you ALL much love and good luck in the new year! xoxo

Ness said...

Awww...That's terrible news, James was awesomeee.
Well I'm pretty pysched about the blog :) And I'm super duper glad you guys are gonna start touring again.

You most deff. need to hit up San Antonio again, the show was amazing.

Anne Marie said...

It's good to hear you guys will be back on tour. I missed you guys the last couple times you came to Chicago. Can't wait to see the band play again!

snikklfritz said...

I'm sure you guys will kick ass no matter what, just know if and when you come back to tallahassee, you have a place to crash with some pizzas

- Brian

o2bwanobe said...

bummer dudes. hope you find someone to fill those ginormous shoes.

Sasha...duh said...

Lame :(
and then way better than lame.
then not lame at all!
It's like a roller coaster of emotions.

Carmelita said...

Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

aww...what school did he attend

Anonymous said...

Did he write "God Rest Ye Merry, Soldiers?"

Thx.

Anonymous said...

He goes to Columbia--he was a freshman when I was a senior. Math major, I think.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

James was the GSI/TA for my math class this semester at Berkeley lol

Anonymous said...

and he's the instructor for my math class this summer :3