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Oh, Sleeper drummer leaves band

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:17 PM PT

Ft. Worth, Texas outfit Oh, Sleeper (Solid State Records) will soon be without drummer Ryan Conley, who has announced his departure from the band. Here's a statement from Conley:

"There has been some very big decisions made regarding the future of the band and I wanted to let everyone know the new developments before rumors start circulating. First of all, I have decided to step down from my position in Oh, Sleeper, this has been something that's been in the works for a long-time and I'm very happy to say that my relationship with everyone in the band is just as its always been. I love my brothers in OS and will always cherish my time with them and the band. We have had some wonderful fights, held each other together through tradgedy and heartbreak and I've had my 4 best friends for nearly anything that might have come up in my life. We've worked together as a team and I've got no regrets for the long hours that we've all put in together. Music/touring has been what I've done since I was 12 years old and I'm so happy to have been able to tour with all my favorite bands and be apart of a record that is motivating and inspiring. I've never wanted to do anything that was a waste of time and I can honestly say that I feel we put out a record that helped kids push through problems and gave them strength and perseverence.

"Given that this is probably my last time to be able to impact people in this way so I wanted to leave everyone with a few words: We believe in all of you, I believe you are all capable of great things and have it in you to accomplish what you set out to do. Whether that be college or highschool, getting through a divorce, kicking an addiction or pursuing a dream, we want you to know that OS is on your side and thats why we do what we do, WE believe in you and know that we're in the trenches with you, let's do this together, let's not survive, let's conquer, That's how we were made; to brave the waters and attach ourselves to something greater than what we know. Having that said, I want to be clear that my choice to leave is nothing more than a pressing interest and/or calling that requires 110% of my focus and have no other choice but to remove myself from the band. Our tour with Norma Jean and Haste the Day will be my last tour, please come out and tell me goodbye."

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