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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Recruit SHADOWS FALL Drummer

By Larry Petro, News Monkey
Monday, December 22, 2014 @ 2:09 PM


Jason Bittner

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Thrashers FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have announced the addition of SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bitter, who will take over for the departed Kelly Smith, who recently left to focus on family matters. Being as Kelly’s need to move on wasn’t a band decision, FLOTSAM first looked to drummers that Kelly himself would want to see perform with the band.

“In my opinion, Jason in one of only a couple of men on my short list for the job”, states Kelly. “Jason’s an amazing all around drummer, a true professional, good friend, and solid stand up guy. I was humbled to hear that after first meeting Jason in 1988 in Boston that I had inspired him as a drummer.”

Jason adds: “I have been a F&J fan for decades, following the band around the East Coast in the '80s and '90s. I’ve been lucky enough to be in the background of the F&J camp as a fan, supporter, and gear leader to my dear friend, Kelly David Smith. I am hard at work relearning all the classic Flotz material and can't wait to record and tour with the band in 2015. This will become my focus after the completion of the 2015 US SHADOWS FALL hiatus tour, which will happen Spring/Summer 2015. As they say… ‘Flotz ‘til death!’ See you in Europe, in April”.

As FLOTSAM prepares to enter the studio to record their next album, with a scheduled release date of April 2015, Jason’s involvement will bring a new element to the band’s sound, along with the addition of Steve Conley on guitar and Michael Spencer on bass (who contributed to the writing of the band’s classic 1988 release, No Place For Disgrace).

“The band already has over 20 songs in the works, so there’s certainly no shortage of material to pick from”, says Spencer. “Conley, along with guitarist Michael Gilbert, have been engineering pre-production tracks for the album at their respective studios that include a few songs written during the No Place For Disgrace era of the band. There’s a great, old school thrash vibe going on with the direction of the songs and what originally influenced the band, mixed with a little of what we like about today’s sound, in metal. We’ve also just begun to look outside of the band for a producer to take this album to where we hear it sonically, so we’ll see where that side of things goes.”

FLOTSAM is currently finalizing plans to tour Europe in the Spring of 2015, with summer festival dates throughout Europe and beyond. For updates, check out the band on Facebook HERE.


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