The popular downtempo/deathcore outfit known as Traitors called it quits earlier this year with a farewell tour. Though many expected them to come back a bit later, none thought only months down the road it’d happen. Today they took to Facebook to make the announcement. Read their statement along with frontman Tyler Shelton’s.
It’s safe to say that tons of fans are stoked Traitors is back and we can only wonder this time for how long. Nonetheless, this is a reunion we are stoked for as the band seemingly seems to have fathered a whole new genre within the last 3 to 4 years.
At the beginning of this year, we made the decision to lay Traitors to rest. Due to the departure of our vocalist Tyler, we felt it was best to end things the way they started, with the original founding members.
Unfortunately life’s stresses had come into play & for most of us, trying to juggle our personal lives & the band after 5 constant years of nonstop grinding/hard work became a breaking point. Losing jobs, relationships, friends, homes & much more due to the intense amount focused on Traitors, eventually lead to problems & mixed emotions within the band which pushed to the decision to end the group & move on individually trying new things/finding more stability in our lives.
Sooner than later, the feeling of emptiness & regret began to grow in us. Days turned into weeks & into months, & more & more we began to realize just how much we missed this band & mostly, all of you.
After careful planning & talking countless hours over the last couple weeks, we all decided there was no way in hell we can let this story end this way. So if you haven’t guessed just yet, we are very excited to announce that WE’RE BACK! & yes, with Tyler on vocals!!!
This wouldn’t have ever been possible if it wasn’t for the support we received from every single one of you while we were away. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for never stopping believing in us.
We have a brand new single we will be dropping in the next few days & a tour announcement coming soon. Damn it’s good to be back ?see you all soon!
(Tyler, Stephen & Alan)
Tyler Shelton’s Statement
About a year ago, I had ended a very long relationship and at that point it was my main focus. I had lost complete control of traitors. I practically gave it away, because I was only focused on other people’s happiness and I had no focus on my actual self. I wasn’t bettering myself. I was spinning my wheels. I hated everything around me. In January I was fed up with it all , and decided personally to pull the plug on Traitors, or let them continue without me. I needed time to reflect on myself. I needed to feel human again. I was so disconnected from The world I felt like it was the right choice to move on from EVERYTHING. It was such a bittersweet thing. Seeing you all in April on that last run was so overwhelming. I fought back tears on stage most nights. At this point I didn’t know what in the hell was going on with myself. One thing I knew, was I still had to stay patient and find myself again. I was able to find someone beautiful in my life at this time to be absolutely therapeutic and understanding. This same person told me I should be living my dream, and that my passion burns strong for music, laughter and happiness. Here I am today. I feel like I can breathe again for the first time in years. I am my main focus again, and I am happier than I have ever been. Traitors is back.