Monday, January 10, 2011
Honeymoon, the talented Peninsula band featuring a quartet of local starlets, announced the departure of founding band member Matthew Bailey due to health issues.
According to a band statement, Bailey suffered a work-related back injury in early 2010, when the band was in its early stages. Bailey soldiered through numerous tour dates and gigs while undergoing physical therapy. Regarding Bailey's departure, the band said "Despite all of his efforts to heal his back injury, Matt is still suffering from acute pain and has therefore decided to take a medical leave from honeymoon; we respect his decision and encourage him to take the time he needs for the necessary steps towards his recovery...”
Replacing Bailey is Mark Quinn, who has played with the bands Humboldt Squid, The Frequency, and Tregenza.
A full swipe of the band statement is available after the jump.
Matt Bailey Departs from honeymoon
January 10th, 2010
It is with heavy hearts today that honeymoon announces the departure of Matthew Bailey from our band. After sustaining a work-related back injury in early 2010 (right around the time that honeymoon formed), Matt was able to continue performing with the band while simultaneously undergoing rigorous physical therapy. We were fortunate enough to have him at our very first shows, including opening for Jackie Greene in Petaluma, CA and playing the Sunshine Stage at Furthur Festival in Angels Camp, CA. He also played with us during our first tours which took us all over Northern and Southern California as well as Nevada, and during which we opened multiple dates for Mary Chapin Carpenter, played the Garden Stage at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles with Ray LaMontagne and David Gray, and headlined several shows in our hometown including our EP release party in Big Sur, CA to celebrate our debut EP "After The Flood", which Matt also played on.
It would be redundant to say that Matt is like family to us as he has familial and marital ties to two of our front women, Sara Bollwinkel and Christina Bailey as well as his brother-in-law Matt Bollwinkel who plays bass in the band, but over the last year we have all become a family in every sense of the word and have seen each other through the plethora of obstacles that being a young band in it's first year is certain to provide. We've grown closer because of these experiences and are grateful for the safety-net of each other's support and love.
Despite all of his efforts to heal his back injury, Matt is still suffering from acute pain and has therefore decided to take a medical leave from honeymoon; we respect his decision and encourage him to take the time he needs for the necessary steps towards his recovery, in order to achieve a healthy, active lifestyle once again. Though this is an incredibly tough transition for us and we will miss Matt's presence in the band immensely, we are glad that he is healing himself and know that he'll always be close by. We have nothing but love, respect, and gratitude for his contributions and dedication to honeymoon over the last year.
Picking up the drumsticks in Matt's place is our dear friend Mark Quinn (Humboldt Squid, The Frequency, Tregenza). We know firsthand that Mark is an extremely talented musician and performer, and we are confident he will be a wonderful new addition to the honeymoon family as we continue to develop our sound and grow as a band. Mark joins our rhythm section with bass player Matt Bollwinkel, and front-women Andrea Blunt, Lauren Shera, Sara Bollwinkel, and Christina Bailey.
Posted by Marc Cabrera at 1:33 PM