Former MUSHROOMHEAD vocalist Waylon Reavis has released a four-minute video message in which he explains in more detail his decision to leave the band.
“It’s over. I’m so relieved,” Waylon says in the clip, which can be seen below. “I was planning this. It just happened a little sooner than I thought it would. I really wasn’t happy; I hadn’t been in a while.
“I’ve made my decision. MUSHROOMHEAD has made their decision. And we’ll leave it at that. We are professionals. We are artists. This kind of stuff happens.”
He continued: “I have not been there in a while. I’ve been checked out. I’ve been doing my own thing. My heart wasn’t there. My soul wasn’t there. My time in MUSHROOMHEAD had ran its course.
“I have eleven years of wonderful, wonderful memories, but I’m ready for something else in my life. I’m ready for a change. I’ve lived the same monotony for too long.”
Waylon went on to say: “I just didn’t agree with a lot of the decisions and where we’re going, and that’s fine; that’s part of life. You don’t have to agree with everything.
“Remember: I’m only here once. You’re only here once. If we’re not enjoying what we’re doing, why the hell are we doing it?
“I’m at home with my family. For the first time in a long time, I don’t feel a burden of MUSHROOMHEAD, and it did feel like a burden to me. It’s not my burden, it’s not my problem anymore, and I’m glad it’s gone. But the fact is I do wish them the best.”
MUSHROOMHEAD’s current lineup includes two other vocalists, J. Mann (a.k.a. Jason Popson) and Jeffrey “Nothing” Hatrix.
The band’s eighth studio album, 2014’s “The Righteous & The Butterfly”, sold around 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 20 on The Billboard 200 chart.
MUSHROOMHEAD formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1993.
The band has gone through many lineup changes, with Hatrix, keyboardist Tom Schmitz and drummer Steve Felton the only consistent members.