It's a sad day for Every Time I Die fans: The revered Buffalo hardcore scene leaders have broken up. Days after canceling a U.K. tour, the group's instrumental quartet — guitarists Jordan Buckley and Andy Williams, bassist Stephen Micciche and drummer Clayton "Goose" Holyoak — confirmed the end of the band via a joint message posted across their personal social media accounts. The news comes after public turmoil between them and singer (and Jordan's brother) Keith Buckley late last year — though ETID did manage to temporarily put their differences aside to headline the 2021 edition of their annual 'Tid the Season holiday festival in their hometown. In addition to the statement, the band's social media accounts were notably taken down.
"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," Jordan, Williams, Micciche and Holyoak wrote.
"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. Simply, there is zero truth about the band continuing on with a new singer. Lastly, we wouldn't be where we are today without every single person that's backed the band in any & all ways. While we're extremely disappointed in how this was played out online in front of you, your support and the memories we have because of you all will always be cherished."
Shortly after his former bandmates released their statement, Keith responded by posting what appears to be a legal letter of separation on behalf of the other four members. The letter, which is dated December 20th, 2021, requests that the singer cease and desist from making any disparaging comments about the band and refrain from using the ETID name or logo in connection with any event. He is also asked to arrange a date and time for a meeting to discuss an amicable separation.
See both the letter and the original statement below.