KNOXVILLE — Most recognized for its aggressive Christian messages woven into hardcore/metal music and a lineup consisting of twin brothers Josh and John Mayor, A Hero Remains has been forced to restructure. Losing John Mayor to career pursuits, brother Josh has chosen to press on more than ever before despite the additional loss of drummer Dylan Tiller. While Tiller remains on duty for the time being, a righteous replacement must be found prior to next year's substantial touring plans.
"Well, with our current drummer, Dylan, he felt as if God was calling him in a different direction with his life to lead his church, and we fully support him for that," explains bassist Jake Yoon. "We love him and hate to see him go since he was an amazing drummer. We're currently trying out a few drummers right now that have a promising future in the band, and we're excited for the future and what it holds for us. Dylan is actually going to finish up the line of shows that we have now and work with whoever our new drummer will be. As for summer touring, we're going to be touring full-time and are excited to just hit the road and do what we do best — play shows for the people we love."
"We've also had some member issues with my brother John deciding to leave to pursue a career," adds guitarist/vocalist Josh Mayor. "Of course I miss him greatly, but this is still my dream and the current guys I have with me are bound to help me accomplish this."
While A Hero Remains already anticipates recording its follow-up release to January's "Theory of Avarice" next summer, the touring scheduled for May will be in support of the current release. Though the band has been so far pleased with the success of the existing album, it hopes next year's large-scale touring will accrue further acknowledgement.
From Scooby-Doo to the A-Team to the ninja turtles, no hero is complete without a van, and for A Hero Remains' rock 'n' roll dreams to come true, the act must have wheels. For this, the group has assembled an enormous lineup of bands for a benefit show. Nearly 20 bands will perform with the purpose of bringing in funds for A Hero Remains' transportation needs. This day-long, Halloween-themed Van-Aid 2011 event also hopes to produce donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.
"Right now we are just looking to make as much money as possible," says Mayor. "We're hopefully going to obtain around the $1,500 mark so that we have a really good foundation for getting a reliable van. Our goals in terms of donations is small. We know that people are going through rough times so we ask for whatever they feel led to give.
"I selected Second Harvest because personally the cause that they fight for hits home for me. When I was younger, me and my family were pretty much homeless, so food was scarce and hunger was a daily occurrence. Having gone through that, I know personally what it's like to go hungry, and that is something that no one should ever have to go through. Second Harvest's mission is a noble one and we're happy to put forth whatever we can to help them accomplish whatever they need to."
Golden archer: Crooked Fingers (led by former Archers of Loaf front man Eric Bachmann) will perform, along with Strand of Oaks, at 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave. Admission is $10.
Quinn, lose or draw: Quirky Nashville folk duo Channing and Quinn will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, at Preservation Pub, 28 Market Square, followed by River Whyless and Delta Saints. Admission is $3.