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Egypt Central Break Up, Band Members Form New Band Devour the Day

Devour the Day
Jeff Chanault

After a decade together, the Memphis band Egypt Central are breaking up. Bassist Joey Chicago and drummer Blake Allison have posted a message about the demise of Egypt Central and their formation of the new band .

Egypt Central released two studio albums, the most recent being ‘White Rabbit’ in 2011. They scored a handful of radio hits, including ‘You Make Me Sick,’ ‘White Rabbit’ and ‘Kick Ass.’

Here’s the message regarding the breakup and the formation of the new band:

“To the future…

I know that many of you have been wondering what has been going on with Egypt Central, where we have been, and what we have been doing. After ten long years of recording, touring and pouring our hearts out, it would be such a shame to try to push some bulls–t in front of your faces and to ask you to believe it. I just do not want to do that. You mean too much and honestly it goes against everything EC was intended to stand for. The one real creed in which we inspired to live by, one that reveals itself as true in so many walks of life and situations that each and every one of us face, day-to-day, all over this broken planet: do not give up. No matter the circumstance, there is hope.

Earlier this year, Blake and I were made aware that the remaining members of Egypt Central would not be continuing on with the band. The reasons varied and the way in which we were told was as much of a shock as we could have ever expected to hear. We were furious, sad and confused. I have EC tattooed on my skin, as many of you do, and for me it was not just a band, but also a real responsibility to all those who had supported us from day one and who were there when we needed them. The countless couches we have crashed on, the endless homemade meals and all of the other unexpected pieces of love we encountered over ten years of hard work. Blake and I stood in the debris of a life changing storm.

We refuse to let this be the end of our story. We have so many chapters left to write. As each door closes, a new one opens and Blake and I take it upon ourselves to redefine and evolve, to dissect and purify, to adjust and resurrect. We will seize the moment and risk all to complete our dream, the dream that all of you helped to create. We will not waste the chances we have been given. We will live as if tomorrow is not guaranteed.

We will Devour the Day!

With love and thanks,

Joey Chicago

 

Allison and Chicago will be doing a Twitter Q&A Tuesday (Dec. 5) to answer questions about Egypt Central and Devour the Day. They will be using Egypt Central’s Twitter account (@EgyptCentral) with the hashtag #ECQA.

Allison will be the vocalist and guitarist for Devour the Day, with Chicago handling bass and backing vocals. An album is expected in early 2013.

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