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NZ band HANGAR 18 sees the departure of their long term bass player

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Hangar 18’s long term bass player Andrew Featherstone has been let go from the group, following a spate of incidents. The announcement happened shortly after returning from their 2nd tour of Asia this year, which has seen the band on the road for over 8 weeks, performing around The Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. The remaining band members were unanimous in their decision.

Hangar 18’s founding member and band manager Paul Marshall says "myself and Andrew have clashed many times during our working relationship, the music business is a tough business and band members need to be able to deliver on what they have promised, as well as being an upstanding member of the band. Unfortunately over the past several months of touring and during the making of the new record, there have been some ‘major mistakes’ made and band members need to be held accountable for their actions, as there are only so many times you can tolerate their ‘mistakes’, until it becomes problematic".

Paul says that Andrew surprisingly took the news well. "He (Andrew) was aware of the recent "riffs" that we had and the ‘mistakes’ he had made and was happy to move on, so I wish him (Andrew) all the best in his future music endeavours".

Hangar 18 who are signed to UMG Asia have been working tirelessly on their yet to be named upcoming album with UK producer Steve James who now resides in Brisbane, Australia. "We are flying out to The Philippines this week to record more vocals and guitars on some existing songs. We shall then lock ourselves away in a rehearsal studio and work on our new songs. We only need 5 more to complete the album, so we shall be seeing which songs come out the best and then record them in February in Australia with Steve" says Paul. This will see the upcoming Hangar 18 album contain all of Paul’s songs. Paul has written over 100 songs in the last 10 months so there is no shortage of material. "I don’t know how unusual it is for the drummer to write all the songs in the band? I would say its fairly rare? On the plus side this will make it a more cohesive record" Says Paul.

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