Animals As Leaders part ways with drummer, announce replacement

Animals As Leaders have announced that drummer Navene Koperweis has parted ways with the band just before their second UK tour. Having previously toured the UK with Between The Buried And Me, Animals As Leaders will now share the stage with Meshuggah on their headline tour with Matt Garstka on drums.

Koperweis commented on his departure: “Tosin (Abasi, guitars) and Javier (Reyes, guitar) are the two most generous, caring and understanding individuals I’ve ever met and I look forward to a lifetime of friendship with the both of them. Over the past decade I have done nothing but music. Recording, writing, playing, practicing, touring and producing. It’s taken me beyond what I could have dreamt of as a kid when I started. My new goals extend beyond the drum kit and I’m the type of person who will constantly chase new dreams. You’ll be seeing a lot more of me soon.”

Abasi adds: “I’ve shared some of my most memorable musical experiences to date with Navene and truly consider him a brother. I commend him for following his own path in life, even if that means I’ll no longer be sharing the stage with him. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure of working together and creating a lifelong friendship.”

A video showcasing Matt on the drums can be viewed below:

“We see nothing but great potential with Matt, and look forward to performing with him on the upcoming tours,” Abasi says. “We feel very excited for the future of AAL, which is brighter than ever. I’m beyond excited for our fans to hear some of the new music we already have brewing for the future!”

Animals As Leaders on tour:
4/1 Tilburg, Holland- 013KZ
4/2 Brusells, Belgium- AB Club
4/3 Paris, France- Batofar
4/4 Bielefeld, Germany- Kamp
4/5 Kiel, Germany- Die Pumpe
4/7 Hamburg, Germany- Logo
4/8 Berlin, Germany- Magnet
4/9 Munich, Germany- Feierwerk
4/10 Frankfurt, Germany- Batschkapp
4/12 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy #
4/13 Wolverhampton, UK – Slade Rooms #
4/14 Nottingham, UK – Rock City #
4/15 Glasgow, UK – Garage #
4/17 Manchester, UK – Academy #
4/18 Norwich, UK – Waterfront #
4/19 Brighton, UK – Concorde 2 #
4/20 London, UK – Electric Ballroom #
4/22 Trier, Germany- Ex-Haus
4/23 Bochum, Germany- Matrix
4/24 Cologne, Germany- Underground
4/25 Osnabruck, Germany- Kleine Freiheit
4/26 Hannover, Germany- Musikzentrum
4/27 Dresden, Germany- Reithalle
4/28 Prague, Czech Republic- Rock Cafe
4/29 Ludwigsburg, Germany- Rockfabrick
4/30 Zurich, Switzerland- Werk21
5/1 Vienna, Austria- Chelsea
5/4 San Diego, CA – House of Blues-San Diego %
5/5 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Café %
5/6 Tempe, AZ – The Marquee %
5/8 Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom %
5/9 Dallas, TX – The Door %
5/10 Austin, TX – Emo’s East %
5/11 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live %
5/12 New Orleans, LA – Tipitina’s %
5/13 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade %
5/15 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution %
5/16 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues %
5/18 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle %
5/19 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte %
5/20 Norfolk, VA – The NorVa %
5/22 Lancaster, PA – Chameleon %
5/23 Washington, DC – The Howard Theatre %
5/24 New York, NY – Best Buy Theatre Times Square %
5/25 Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory %
5/26 Boston, MA – Royale Night Club %
5/27 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre %
5/29 Montreal, QC – Metropolis %
5/30 Toronto, ONT – Phoenix Concert Theatre %
6/1 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall %
6/2 Chicago, IL – Metro %
6/3 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave %
6/5 Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre %
6/6 Denver, CO – The Summit Music Hall %
6/7 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue %
6/9 Seattle, WA – The Showbox – The Market %
6/10 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom %
6/12 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom %
6/13 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst %
6/14 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues %
6/15 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues %
6/16 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia LA Live %
6/29 Helsinki, Finland – Tuska Open Air
# w/ Meshuggah
% w/ Thrice

     

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