From the band:
It is with deep regret that we have to announce Tom’s departure from Haken. As well as being a gifted musician, Tom is a great friend and it has been a pleasure and an honour to call him a band mate for the past six years. We’ve shared so many amazing experiences together and will never forget those times! We are immensely grateful for his wisdom and dedication, without which Haken would not be where it is today. We of course remain close friends and want everyone to know that there is no animosity between us whatsoever. Tom can explain the situation better than us:
“Ladies and gentlemen,
There is no simple way to rationalise why I have made the decision to leave Haken. I enjoy the creative process and the music we’ve written, I love playing and performing with the band, and I love my bandmates. I had really hoped to be around for a little while longer and I am somewhat surprised to be sitting here right now typing out this statement, so soon after “The Mountain” was released. And yet for some time I’ve been aware that things haven’t felt quite right. That, try as I might to be happy and content with my lot, this isn’t what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, and that there are other things I need to turn my focus to in order to achieve that nebulous and quasi-mythical state of ‘fulfilment’. This has resulted in me becoming a cog that is struggling to turn with the rest of the machine. Put simply, when asked if I was prepared to commit wholeheartedly to a busy touring schedule for 2014, my immediate gut reaction was “No, I don’t want to do this anymore. Time to get off”. Again, there is no simple reason why I feel this way, but I can only acknowledge the fact that my heart is not 100% in it, and it’s time to accept that I need to drop things in order to follow my heart, wherever that will lead me.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Charlie, Diego, Ray, Rich and Ross for their endless support and encouragement, through good times and bad. It’s been an honour and a pleasure to work with them over the past 6 years. Finally, a big thank you to all the fans who have expressed their appreciation of my work. I tried my best. I will miss you all.
Now it’s time for some new adventures. Till we meet again!
Love and respect,
After our recent signing to InsideOut and with the release of our third album, it feels like we are embarking on the next stage of our journey, which we are extremely excited about. We are so proud of ‘The Mountain’ and we can’t wait to get on stage and share it with our dedicated fans. Thankfully we will have the pleasure of Tom’s company and musicianship during our upcoming October stint finishing up at Prog Stage Festival in Israel. After that, we will continue with a ‘special guest bassist’ (TBA) until we find a permanent member. Information regarding the audition process will follow at a later date. Finally we would like to say a huge mountain-sized thankyou to our awesome fans for the continued support.
Haken recently announced a special headline show with label mates Maschine, in conjunction with House of Progression and InsideOutMusic. That show will take place on the 24th November at London’s Borderline. Tickets available here: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/
‘The Mountain’ is available on several different formats, including a limited edition digipak CD which includes two bonus tracks, a standard jewelcase CD, a heavyweight gatefold 2LP and digital download.
You can head to InsideOutMusic’s shop and order those now: http://www.insideoutshop.de/