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The Word Alive announces new drummer

Friday, March 23, 2012 8:26 AM PT

The Word Alive has announced the addition of drummer Luke Holland to their lineup. Holland replaces Justin Salinas, who quit the band in January. Frontman Telle Smith has provided the following statement to Alternative Press:

"When we ended our year of touring in 2011 we didn't realize those were the last shows TWA would play as a 6-piece. Shortly into the New Year we discussed the album and plans for 2012 with Dusty our keyboard player, which led to him deciding to part ways as touring wasn't his main goal any longer. About a month later Justin informed us that his heart wasn't in touring and progressing at his instrument (drums) any longer. We were completely understanding of both situations and as always, decided to move forward and find the best person to join the TWA family. Due to how close it was to us recording our sophomore album, Life Cycles, we enlisted our good friend and Arizona native Matt Horn to drum on our record.

"Matt learned 17 songs in about a week and absolutely killed it on the record. However, Matt is in a great band out of Arizona called Sleepwalker. So while in the studio we sought out to find our actual replacement for Justin. One day I stumbled across a YouTube profile of an awesome young drummer out of Arizona, Luke Holland. I hit him up and asked if he'd have any interest in trying out for TWA. He was stoked and after going over a lot of material as well as him making a drum video, we felt we had our guy. Luke is a great dude with a strong commitment, and passion for drums. We're taking Luke out for the foreseeable future and we'll see how it goes! Hopefully you guys will catch a show soon and continue to have your support as we create the most exciting chapter for our band yet."


3/23/2012 8:33:25 AM

3/23/2012 8:33:37 AM
fcking gay shit gay with a gay band full of gays who listened to LFO in 2000. fck this shit.

3/23/2012 8:35:30 AM
i want him to helicopter away into ceiling spikes with his fcking sticks

3/23/2012 8:41:18 AM
gay band, decent drummer

3/23/2012 8:42:58 AM
Solid drummer, but damn is that singing and the electronics grating.

3/23/2012 8:44:30 AM
lol gay, spend more time actually trying to drum instead of tricks of spending sticks. you might be a mediocre drummer at best then.

3/23/2012 8:44:55 AM
or spinning. lol, the gayry of the video destroyed my ability to type.

3/23/2012 8:57:17 AM
hey look at me spend all my parents money on nice videos of me covering songs. now they can spend all their money on feeding my bandmates for 43242798 tours in a row!

3/23/2012 8:58:39 AM
And if anyone needs yet another reason why Lambgoat is considered to be the epitome of a website full of trolls, see previous 7 comments.

3/23/2012 8:59:48 AM
Scratch that...previous 8 comments.

3/23/2012 10:07:32 AM
don't listen to shallinglambkiller. that dude's drumming is atrocious.

3/23/2012 10:23:49 AM
solid drummer but shit band. he had to spice up the song with stick twirling so he wouldn't get bored and fall asleep.

BTW the guy in that common dead ad ---> is bout the funniest thing i've seen all year.

3/23/2012 10:39:35 AM
is it a band or a fcking family? nobody needs that many dudes in the band

3/23/2012 10:54:59 AM
solid drummer, seems like he has his head up his ass though and this will feed his ego even more

3/23/2012 11:09:19 AM
So...not only did TWA not have anybody who wanted to drum for them, they had to troll YouTube amateur drummer videos to find their guy. Decent drummer, but The Turd Alive is as shitty as ever

3/23/2012 11:34:58 AM
that's not a solid drummer, that's gay shit. also, anonymous poster, you're a bitch and i'll throw you into a dumpster IRL.

3/23/2012 11:36:30 AM
this isn't trolling. it's fact. he isn't even a good mediocre drummer. never heard of this terrible fcking band and will welcome when today ends and I'll forget they exist again.

3/23/2012 11:37:11 AM
and lol anony you listen to my bands but apparently not well enough

3/23/2012 12:19:17 PM
him being in this band is a waste of talent. you can tell the stick tricks are only to keep him moving, the drumming in metalcore bands like this is elementary.

3/23/2012 12:38:54 PM
xander_crews = not smart enough to realize that what he just did proves my point exactly.

Thank you.

3/23/2012 12:40:58 PM
Everyone is on here to talk shit..? Well i find it funny that everyone on here, who is talking shit, have probably never been in anything but a failure of a local xtuff_guyx band..People talk shit like they know everything, but when it comes down to it, they dont know what it is to be in a touring band, and they probably dont have any credibility in the music business and like to feel important on here..

3/23/2012 12:51:00 PM
^ someone who has no credibility in the music business

3/23/2012 12:51:35 PM
Shit talkers are ignorant. Be a touring musician that actually draws more than 6 kids wherever you play, in whatever country you play. The shit talkers are most likely the MOST UNSKILLED musicians(IF THEY EVEN PLAY) and the LAST PEOPLE that should be SHIT TALKING. ignorant trolls..talking shit on bands with singing always...losers

3/23/2012 12:56:03 PM
lol you stupid fcks.

3/23/2012 2:19:42 PM
are people still complaining about people talking shit on here? i remember my first lambgoat visit...
also, this band sucks.

3/23/2012 7:48:51 PM
good drummer, wasted talent. gay band.

3/23/2012 9:42:49 PM
Drummer is OK. Nothing memorable though, which is unfortunate for releasing an over-produced drum cam boobtube video. Break it down.

3/23/2012 10:02:36 PM
Shit for a drummer. Shit for a band.

3/24/2012 5:18:23 AM
BIG, GAY, FAT gayS. Weiner c-cks.

3/24/2012 8:31:30 AM
Saw my friend's less popular touring band play with this band. Difference was my friend's band is actually good/good live. TWA headlined to a large walk out and put on a terrible show. This band sucks ass.

3/24/2012 10:32:38 AM

Lots of band members and butthurt fanboys in here

3/24/2012 10:50:00 AM
i have never clicked pause so hard and furiously.

3/24/2012 2:42:20 PM
not a fanboy of TWA...wrong. Not my first lambgoat visit either...so, wrong again.

*waits for 'vanflip' comment, because that's all that's left in the arsenal of typical lambgoat commenters' comebacks*

The is fun, I'll have to come back more often and ridicule commenters who sit around and say they hate every band that's posted about as they listen to Opeth and Meshuggah to give themselves a feeling of being a metal purist/elitist fan!

3/26/2012 3:04:24 PM
trolling is gay. Anything negetive posted on lambgoat ends up being an indicator that your band is doing something right in this music industry.

4/9/2012 9:40:00 AM
Luke Holland is a great drummer, glad to hear he is playing with and awesome band like TWA. Can't wait to hear or see him. He should cut down on the tricks though....

10/24/2013 6:25:53 PM
Do none of you play drums? First off try and play the song. Second try and play the song with stick tricks. How many times did you drop them cuz you suck? Exactly. This kid is sick