It was only a matter of time. After two years with Woe, Is Me, clean vocalist Tyler Carter left the band to pursue a poppier lifestyle more akin to the solo career he’s been fostering online. Arguably the most loved member of the band, it’s hard to imagine what voice could replace the vocal acrobatics Carter displayed on their debut album Number[s]. What’s even more interesting is that our sources say that a replacement has already been chosen. It’s surprising that the selection process went so quickly given the tremendous shoes to fill, but with the band is due in Glasgow on September 25 with A Skylit Drive, the band wisely didn’t waste any time.
This one’s based on more similar talent levels than stylistic similarities. You aren’t familiar yet with Hance Alligood’s tremendous voice, but you will be when Oh, Manhattan releases their debut September 27. The melodies and harmonies this man creates are sensational. Again, he bears little resemblance to Tyler, but he’d be an excellent way for Woe to go for a new sound focused around another powerhouse vocalist. If the band ever decided to clear the stage a bit more, Alligood’s roughs are just as hellacious as current W,IM screamer Michael Bohn, though again not a perfect fit. Again, punctuation will provide familiarity.
UPDATE: Some circumstantial evidence has risen that must be noted. Turns out there’s quite a relationship between Oh, Manhattan and Woe, Is Me: the bands have played several shows together, and O,M guitarist Kodi Gray owns The Boneyard Venue with his business partner, Woe bassist Cory Ferris. To top it all off, Woe announced their new singer is from an unknown from Atlanta; guess where Oh, Manhattan is from. For more info, read our new post.
This one is will be a scene favorite. In the last week, Michael Crimlis left his position with Us, From Outside and engaged in an ugly online battle. Though he claims to have left due to “countless disagreements and an overabundant amount of conflicting opinions,” joining another band could definitely be the cause of tension between bandmates. In another post, he mentions he has “a few Bigger and Better, even Giant, projects in the works for the very near future!” Unless he is referencing his upcoming acoustic EP with fellow ex-U,FO member Tommy Sawyer, the quick turnaround would likely mean he’s joined another band. Crimlis’ vocals are more airy than Carter’s, but he definitely could cover the old stuff in a way that would please fans. Most importantly: he’s used to having punctuation in his band name.
Just stop it. I don’t care if Austin Thornton was in Of Machines; Dylan Anderson is not joining Woe, Is Me. Don’t even contemplate it. Stop it. Next candidate.
Ok, hear me out. What made you love Tyler Carter was the way his voice rolled so smoothly with American Idol-esque range and ease. The Cab ain’t hardcore, but singer Alex DeLeon could definitely cover anything from Number[s] with ease. The talent is clearly there, as is the showmanship. It could work, although we’d have make Alex a little less…pretty.