Unforunately, Black Gene For the Next Scene is going to enter the 2015 scene one member short.
Drummer Sala has been with the band for three long years, but now he has announced that he’s ready to throw in the towel – for good. Following a live on January 4th, Sala will retire both from BFN and band activities altogether. Read the band’s official announcement below, translated by yours truly:
Announcement of Dr. Sala’s Retirement
Thank you for your continuous support for Black Gene For the Next Scene.
We have an announcement for fans and staff.
Black Gene For the Next Scene’s drummer Sala
will be leaving the band following our 1.4 performance at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
due to personal circumstances.
As for reason, Sala has expressed that the image he has been unable to bridge the gap
Between his current self and his [ideal] image of both an artist and a drummer.
He has decided to retire as an artist along with leaving the band,
And will be walking along a different path.
Isn’t there some way to continue with band activities with Black Gene For the Next Scene?
Is it really necessary for you to leave?
These kinds of discussions were held among members.
However, the speed at which Black Gene For the Next Scene is moving
Isn’t catching up with Sala’s ideals,
And from that his impatience and unease increased.
During the 3 years until now,
We could not have gone to these places or seen this scenery without the support of our fans.
It has become difficult to face you all on stage
With this lack of motivation,
So we ultimately made this hurried decision.
Black Gene For the Next Scene is doing nothing but pushing forward.
We will continue on to become a band that, someday,
You can be proud of supporting from the beginning.
And from Sala’s big decision,
He’ll be facing new challenges, and we believe that he will be successful.
We will not be performing any sort of retirement live;
Please understand his wishes.
Finally, we hope that you can burn the image of Black Gene For the Next Scene’s Sala–
And the Sala who will be moving along a different path–into your memory
In the short time remaining until 1.4.
The Members of Black Gene For the Next Scene
That last performance happens to be the final stop on BFN’s one-man tour 「廃憶のdanceパレード」 (Haioku no dance Parade). It takes place on January 4th, 2015 at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM. Tickets cost 3500yen advance, 4000yen same day. For more tour dates, check their OHP.
Though Sala’s absence in the visual kei world will surely be felt by fans, let’s hope for a good New Year for the rest of BFN.