Buffalo metalcore legends Every Time I Die announced their split across social media on Monday, January 17. The split comes with some controversy as members Jordan Buckley, Andy Williams, Stephen Micciche, and Clayton “Goose” Holyoak released a statement separate from lead singer Keith Buckley.
Every Time I Die started back in 1998 and is an American metalcore band in Buffalo. Over the years they have released nine studio albums including their latest album Radical which dropped on October 22, 2021. Their latest lineup consisted of Jordan Buckley, lead guitarist (1998–2022), Andy Williams, rhythm guitarist (1998–2022), Stephen Micciche, bassist (2001–2005, 2011–2022), Clayton “Goose” Holyoak , drums (2017–2022), and Keith Buckley, lead singer (1998–2022).
The band’s split was announced originally on Jordan Buckley’s twitter saying, “Andy, Jordan, Steve and Goose’s last show with Every Time I Die was on Dec 11, 2021. While we hoped to come to an agreed upon legal statement that outlined the truth, we were informed today of something planned to be released not mutually agreed upon that consists of inaccuracies and controls a narrative to benefit one.” The post continued saying that the band was not going to be replacing their singer and that they are forever grateful for their fans. The post also touched on some of the reasons behind the split saying, “There has been no direct communication with Keith, because it’s either impossible for direct communication with him solely or we’ve been cut off to any and all communication by him himself. Every Time I Die was these 5 members, and we were never budging or accepting any changes.”
Keith Buckley responded to his former bandmates by posting a legal notice given to him in late December and by speaking his truth on what went down with the separation of the band on January 19, 2022. Prior to the split, Keith Buckley was currently on a break from the band for his own mental health. He stated on his twitter that this needed hiatus was due to talks from his bandmates replacing him, in particular his brother. He spoke on why he prioritized his mental health over the band after the band made an “official statement” indicating that they would finish the tour without their singer which has since been deleted. Keith Buckley said back on December 3, 2022 that his experience was quite different from the statement and that “while meditating in a side room yesterday I overheard my own brother tell an outsider that ETID had been in talks to replace me this entire time. I thought they were my biggest supporters. but Jordan had lied. his concern was a cruel trick. their statement is proof.”
Steve Miccich chimed in on January 19, 2022 saying it was actually Keith Buckley who wanted Jordan Buckley out of the band and that there were a lot of complications while on tour that played into the decision to split but that it was what was needed in the end. You can read the entire thread here. He said, “I know some people don’t want the fairy tail ruined, but the band is a business. And the 4 of us rightfully so, were setting boundaries and protecting our interests. That’s it. That’s all that is. And for this to have even gotten to where it is is soooo sad..”
Every Time I Die was originally supposed to head out on tour with Underoath and Spiritbox next month but it has been confirmed that new support will be announced on Monday January 24, 2022 by Underoath on their social media.