Vryll Society vocalist Michael Ellis parts ways with band as tour is cancelled – exclusive

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The Vryll Society’s Mike Ellis has left the band

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The Vryll Society front man Michael Ellis has parted ways with the band.

Record label Deltasonic confirmed the news in a statement today which also said the band’s January and February gig dates were to be cancelled.

However, the band are keen to stress that they are working on new material that is imminent soon.

Ellis left the band citing ‘creative differences’ just months after the Vryll Society released their much-acclaimed debut album Course of the Satellite.

Formed in 2013 as Dirty Rivers, Ellis and Lewis McGuinness, Lloyd Shearer, Benjamin Robinson and Ryan Ellis have become one of the finest Merseyside based live bands in recent memory.

Having swiftly climbed the music ladder, they picked up two GIT Award nominations and toured the world bagging key festival slots across UK, Europe and the States.

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After a long build up they finally released their debut album in August 2018, and followed suit with a fine headline UK tour garnering praise every step of the way culminating in a sell out Liverpool gig.

Speaking about his decision to leave, Ellis said: “Its been a great journey with many highs and some lows but I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together, especially our album. I wish the lads well and I will also be continuing to write music myself and will share it with you in the near future.”

The full Deltasonic statement read: “We regret to inform that The Vryll Society have parted company with frontman Mike Ellis due to creative differences.

Unfortunately this means the scheduled Jan/Feb 2019 tour will have to be cancelled. All tickets will be refundable at the point of purchase. Huge apologies for any inconvenience. The Vryll Society will continue as a band with new music on the horizon.”

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The band have insisted they will continue with sources suggesting other members of the band will take over vocals with bass player, Lloyd Shearer commenting: “We would like to apologise to all the fans who have bought tickets for upcoming shows, and to all involved in organising them.

We’ve achieved many great things with Mike and we can’t thank him enough. We’ve had some great times as a band with Mike over the past few years and wish him all the best for his career in the future. 

We are very excited about the coming months, we have so much planned and can’t wait to see you all again. You’ll be hearing from us very soon.

The band can reveal they are working on new material, which they look forward to sharing later in Spring 2019.

  • More Vryll Society dates will be arranged for later in the year.

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