UPDATE #3: Nailed it. Woe, Is Me have officially announced Hance Alligood (ex-Oh, Manhattan as their new vocalist. Check out the video update below, with a new song snippet.
UPDATE #2: Here’s something funny; it turns out that ex-Oh, Manhattan replaced Tyler Carter in another band previous to Woe, Is Me. When Carter and Woe screamer Michael Bohn left Atlanta band A Path Less Traveled, Alligood stepped in as their replacement. Get more details here.
UPDATE #1: Hance Alligood has quit Oh, Manhattan. MEB talked with Oh, Manhattan guitarist Kodi Gray, who had the following to say:
“Hance has left Oh, Manhattan. We’re planning on making a formal press announcement soon about the future of the band. We’ve heard that he’s trying out for Woe, Is Me, and we hope the best for him.”
You might as well write it in ink. You won’t get anything more official than that until the band reveals it themselves, which we expect to come in the next few days. It’s safe to say Hance Alligood is the new singer of Woe, Is Me.
ORIGINAL POST: With everything else we’ve compiled, you’d be hard-pressed to not acknowledge Hance as the band’s new vocalist. An official announcement from Woe is expected shortly, as the band has not cancelled any upcoming tour dates.
Earlier today I posted an article with a few fun suggestions as to who could replace Tyler Carter in Woe, Is Me. Since then, a few pieces of circumstantial evidence have risen that seem to indicate a candidate I suggested in jest could legitimately be the new singer.
Meet Hance Alligood, vocalist for Oh, Manhattan.
As I mentioned in my original post, there’s no question as to whether Alligood has the talent; he’s an absolute vocal monster with one of the most refreshing approaches to post-hardcore cleans we’ve heard in awhile. Every song on Oh, Manhattan’s upcoming album Spiritual Warfare is sensationally vocally thanks to immense range, expertly-crafted harmonies and catchy hooks. He’s not as R&B as Carter was, but he could definitely fill the shoes.
Now for the findings.
Regarding their new singer, Woe has let two tidbits slip: he is from Atlanta, and he is from an unknown band. Alligood fits both those bills.
A video update on Oh, Manhattan’s Youtube account shows that O,M has actually opened for W,IM, confirming that the bands know each other exist. It wouldn’t be the first time a singer slot was filled by a member from an opening band; ex-Alexisonfire and current Gallows vocalist Wade MacNeil formed a relationship with his new band through playing shows together.
What’s more is that it appears The Boneyard Venue in Lanceville, Georgia is owned by two people: Oh, Manhattan guitarist Kodi Gray and Woe, Is Me bassist Cory Ferris. There’s clearly some sort of relationship between the two bands that reaches several business levels.
We also need to note that the audition process moved at lightspeed. A friend and finalist for the vocal opening received an interview with the band only a few days after auditions were announced, finding out 48 hours later that someone had been selected. It seems unlikely that Woe would love an unknown, random vocalist enough to let them run the band without having some previous experience with them.
Take it for what you will. Reports say that Woe will be announcing their vocalist with the debut of a new track. It’s gotta come quickly, as the band is due in Glasgow in 17 days. Until then, check out our review of Oh, Manhattan’s debut, Spiritual Warfare and stick around for an exclusive premiere of a new Oh, M song.