NewsDecember 9, 2008 12:56 AM ET5,192 views

Mikoto loses three members

Mikoto has announced the departure of Matt Moody (guitar/vocals), Kelly Orr (bass), and Max Cuzor (drums), who are all leaving the group to focus on their pop outfit, Teen Hearts. Orr has issued the following statement: "I'm sure most of you know about Matt, Max and I leaving the band, and if you didn't this is my formal resignation. I just wanted to personally write all of you a little explanation note on exactly why I'VE decided to leave Mikoto. I'm sure that Matt and Max will write one too so stay tuned. Anyways, I've decided to part ways and pursue my new project, Teen Hearts. "I've heard a lot of talk about Teen Hearts being sellouts or whatever you want to call it these days. But when it comes down to it, pop music is the style of music I have always loved to listen to and play. You can ask anyone and they will tell you the same. Some say i have a 13 year old girl's musical taste. I just wrote some songs for fun and recorded them and kids really ended up liking them and it started to take off. It wasn't my intention for this to happen, it just did. When I joined Mikoto in 2004 I had no fucking idea what hardcore music even was. I mean seriously I grew up listening to fucking Blink 182, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake and a ton of other bands along the same lines as those. Ok, I'll admit it... I was a fucking SKA kid. Hahaha and you can imagine how difficult it was to understand this new type of music that I've never tapped into. But after playing my first show, I knew this was gonna be a fun ride. "Over the past 4 years I've slept on more floors, drove more miles, met so many awesome people, been to so many awesome places and experienced Ray touching Martin's wiener so many times it's shocking. Haha and I fucking loved every god damn minute of it. Definitely some of the best times I've ever had in my whole life and I will never EVER fucking forget it. Mikoto is made up of some of the most amazing dudes I've ever met and in no way do I hold any grudges towards any of them and I hope they feel the same way about me. They understand that when an opportunity comes along for you to do something you love and something you see so much potential in, it would just be silly to not pursue it. I love Martin and Ray to death and I know they will go far without us. Our last show with Mikoto will be December 22nd at Chain Reaction in Anaheim so you better bring your fucking asses to that show and party down with us. It's gonna be a blast for sure. To all the fans I've met over the years, thank you soooooo much for being so dedicated and awesome. I will miss each and every one of your smiling faces. 1... 2... 3... start the shit talking below." Update: The remaining members of Mikoto have released the following: "Mikoto is not breaking up! We have members lined up that will be replacing all of the guys stepping down and all of our future touring plans are still happening. This is a rebirth and we are extremely excited about this new venture. We will be annoucing the new members shortly! Stay tuned!"

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