The heir has been chosen; Chiodos has filled their vacancy at frontman after dismissing former vocalist Craig Owens in late 2009. Taking a note from Fuel, the band has elected not to immediately reveal his successor. In a MySpace blog post yesterday, the band stated that they will be entering the studio in March to begin work on their third full-length album for Equal Vision Records.
In a genre where the singer-shuffle is common, many names have been attached to the band over the last few months. Let’s examine a few.
Jerry Roush, ex-Sky Eats Airplane – Since leaving SEA, Roush seems to have done little-to-nothing regarding music. His Twitter account is far more likely to mention sex, drugs, or general laziness than making new tunes. Even still, the man has a vicious scream and decent clean vocals to compliment his musical free agent status. It isn’t likely, but it’s possible.
Tyson Stevens, Scary Kids Scaring Kids – This would make sense for a few reasons. Former SKSK drummer Tanner Wayne was named Chiodos’ new drummer in that same blog yesterday; one wonders if he is the only SKSK member moving over. The band is currently on their farewell tour, wrapping up with a few scattered shows before their prolonged break-up. Stevens’ unique clean and screamed vocals would make for an interesting pairing with the Chiodos music section that could be worth hearing. However, Stevens is rumored to be a large part of SKSK splitting, as the vocalist missed several Warped Tour dates last summer.
Brandon Roundtree, Conditions – Chiodos allegedly asked Roundtree if he wanted the job, but he passed. Of course, the only source for this claim is an AbsolutePunker who claims to be the brother of a Conditions member, but assuming there is some truth here, an interesting idea is presented. While Brandon certainly has stellar clean vocals, at no point has he ever screamed, begging the question as to whether Chiodos has opted to go more melodical with their new sound. If a current member of the band can cover Owens’ screaming duties from old songs, the new singer could be clean-only. Food for thought.
Josh Caddy, Thee Armada – Let it be known that at no point has Caddy been connected to the Chiodos camp. The circumstantial evidence here is that their singer stated via MySpace blog that he had won an audition to sing for a large band. Theoretically it’s possible, but few believe the pop-rocker would be a good fit.
Realistically, it is going to be a relatively unknown guy. An entire website was created to accept submissions for the role, and odds say a ton of wannabes entered. All questions will be answered at Bamboozle Left on March 27, where the band will take the stage for the first time in 2010.