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Hugh Edwards resigns from Leatherat

It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the resignation of our drummer, Hugh Edwards from Leatherat.

Hugh has been drumming with the band since the very first album, Temporary Immortality and along with Jem provided the backbone of the rhythm section as well as creative input in the songwriting process, singing backing vocals and helping manage album cover artwork design.

Hugh said today:

“The decision to leave Leatherat has been a very hard one. It’s been such a huge part of my life for the last 7 years and we have had massive high’s during those times. I’m so proud of what we have all achieved with Leatherat, taking it from a tiny pub-room band to playing some of the best and largest festivals in the country. It’s been such a great experience – playing the Cropredy Festival on the main stage will remain the highlight for me, but along the way I’ve made some brilliant friends and I’ve loved being able to put on a great show and beat the crap out of my drums for you all, even if I do pull silly faces while I’m doing it!”

“However, there are different things I want to do musically and being in Leatherat is such a big commitment (time, and full tours) that I don’t feel I can do what I want to do with new musical ventures at the same time as being in Leatherat. We’re all still great friends and this is 100% my decision – this isn’t a case of the old excuse of ‘leaving for musical differences!’”

“The time is right for me to go – I’ve done what I’ve always wanted to do in Leatherat and it’s time for me to move on. I’m really going to miss playing Leatherat gigs, but I’m going to really enjoy watching them when Leatherat V6 comes to fruition.”

“I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the band, past and present, for being such great guys and sharing so much with me, and I’d like to thank everyone who came to see us play and brought our CD’s and Merch. I’m going to miss you all. Peace, love, and I’ll be sharing cider with you at the front! x”

Leatherat will be auditioning new drummers in due course and will (of course) be playing all their existing commitments/gigs with Hugh on the drums until the right person is found!