Band members all have some reason for leaving a band! Some wish to pursue a different career, some have musical differences with other members, some have more personal reasons…and some just aren’t feeling it–or it seems so for f.e.s’s bassist, Akito.
Recently, f.e.s has come to the decision to remove bassist Akito from the band, citing that Akito has been causing some problems for the band. Here’s a translation of the announcement (translated by Shannon of S-T.net):
An Important Announcement to Everyone from f.e.s
Thank you for your continuous support for f.e.s.
Starting today, Ba. Akito will no longer be a member of the band.
For quite some time, there have been continuous disputes between him and the other band members regarding management methods. Following a trajectory change, he has continued to both discuss and clash with the others regarding thoughts, goals, and plans for the band. We’ve come to the conclusion that due to these differences in thought and direction between Akito and the members huma, Kuro, and Yuichi, it will be difficult to come to any sort of agreement.
In addition, for several months now, we’ve come to find that he’s been increasingly uncooperative regarding band administration. Eventually, he would stop showing up to rehearsal without warning, an explanation, or an apology. Since then, we’ve felt this difference between his perception of the band and our goals will make it difficult to work together anymore.
Akito himself has expressed his inability to work with the other 3, so we came to a mutual agreement that he would leave the band today.
This news is very sudden, but our 4/11 show at Shinjuku RUIDO K4 will be performed by the remaining 3 members.
We sincerely apologize for this incident, but we cannot refund tickets for today’s show.
We will make an announcement regarding f.e.s’s future in the coming days.
Additionally, we will not canceled any of our currently scheduled shows.
Please continue to give f.e.s your unchanging support.
F.e.s still has some big plans for the rest of the year, so to help them pull it off, support bassist Akito will be joining them. And yes, that’s not a typo! F.e.s is kicking out Akito but bringing in Akito to be a support bassist, but it’s not what you think! The support bassist has the same name as the old bassist. The members of f.e.s were all together in a band called Andmore, prior to f.e.s. F.e.s’s newest support bassist, Akito, was also a member of Andmore as a guitarist, for a short while, and was known as 小池 (Koike) but goes by Akito now.
Let’s hope that the band can pull through this!