I'm not one of those people who really cares when a band member leaves, but this guy shared vocal duties (great voice). I'll miss him
Need a new Rapture album soon-ish!
According to an announcement on the Rapture's blog, bassist/vocalist Mattie Safer has left the band (via the Daily Swarm). In fact, he left the band a few months ago, back in early April. "We are sad to see him go but it seems it is the best for all of us," writes keyboardist Gabe Andruzzi.
Safer shared frontman duties with guitarist/vocalist Luke Jenner. On stage, the Rapture maintained a tricky internal dynamic between Jenner's unhinged spazzout presence and Safer's tighter, more contained energy. Plus, Safer was totally the best dancer in the band.
The good news is that Rapture aren't breaking up. In that same blog post, Andruzzi reports that they've been hard at work lately. "Luke, Vito and I have been on a creative tear," he writes. "We've been working out of our little Brooklyn make shift studio, writing, demoing and jamming. I'm pretty damn excited to share the fruits of our labor with you. But its still gonna be a minute before we hit the studio for real."
It's now going on three years since the band released their last LP, the sorely underrated Pieces of the People We Love, so it's good to hear that they're still active. The band will hit Australia for a quick tour this fall.
The full text of Andruzzi's announcement is below.
Dear Fans and friends,
I’ve been meaning to catch you up on what’ s been going on in Rapture world. First off, I’m sad to say that at the beginning of April our buddy Mattie Safer decided to leave the band. We are sad to see him go but it seems it is the best for all of us. Since then Luke, Vito and I have been on a creative tear. We’ve been working out of our little Brooklyn make shift studio, writing, demoing and jamming. I’m pretty damn excited to share the fruits of our labor with you. But its still gonna be a minute before we hit the studio for real. On the other hand, I am very pleased to announce that the people of the great continent of Australia will be some of the first to hear some of our new material live, when we arrive late September for Parklife festival. In the meantime, keep an eye on this blog and another on your neighborhood dance party, who knows maybe we’ll be spinnin’.