It has fallen to me to pen this letter on behalf of us all. Many of you have made this journey with me and The Enid for a long time, stuck with us through the dark days and given me succour and encouragement to go on creating music.
Big seismic events, such as those which have been going on within The Enid, always lead to changes in the landscape. These destructive upheavals are just a reflection of life itself. There is always a future in the aftermath and the unexpected nearly always happens.
LIFE AFTER JOE
Some of you I know are heartbroken by the news that Joe Payne has left the band. Others have told me that they are relieved. The consequence can only be a force for change and a chance for the new generation of players and composers to reveal their qualities.
Now it is time for something darker, heavier, more extreme and relevant to an impending tomorrow. The success of The Enid has always been the capacity for reinvention. I hope you will wait for them whilst they grow their new wings and learn to fly all over again.
I can tell you that there is a shockingly new album on the drawing board and a resurgent vision of the Journey’s End trilogy in preparation for the shows already planned for next year.
A new chapter is being written, ablaze with the fires of change, as the triumvirate of Dominic Tofield, Jason Ducker and Zachary Bullock plot the band’s creative future. There is an exciting voyage ahead and The Enid will continue to do what it does best: Evolve and progress!
LIFE BEFORE JOE
I want to remind you all of what it was that caused thousands of mainly young people to support the band's fan club, The Stand, in the 1980's and The Enid Society in the 1970’s. Maybe you were one of them.
And who were we back then? Some of us were out and out misfits – square pegs in round holes (Steve Stewart, Francis Lickerish and me for starters).
In fact, almost all of you back then were individualists of some kind, free thinkers, lone stars who found themselves amongst kindred spirits, found friendship and more, through a common love of the band’s music, the way we lived and what we stood for.
The Stand was never a herd. It was about being members one of another - the recognition that all of life is interconnected.
The Enid is now being driven by the passion and dedication of its young members who want to build a new movement in the visual and sonic arts. Like me they are all nonconformists, living under one roof sharing a common ardour to do something special. The band is both their day-job and their life.
Max has decided to follow my example and step down from appearing on stage with the band.
He says: “Despite enjoying creating music I’ve never particularly enjoyed performing. It is not a natural thing for me and “being a star” is not something to which I have ever aspired. My role in The Enid was always as a helping hand and I now feel that the boys can manage very well without me. I will be performing in the remaining shows this year to give the band time to adjust to playing without me.
The love and support I have been shown over the years has meant a tremendous amount to me and has made my decision to leave a very tough one indeed, but I must now follow my heart. I have the utmost confidence in the band and will remain living at Enid HQ to give them any help and support that they may require over the coming months and years”.
DOMINIC TOFIELD & DAVE STOREY
Dominic was due to take over from Dave, at the end of the year. Unfortunately, Dave’s planned hip operation was rescheduled, leaving him unable to do the gigs planned. Dom Tofield is now The Enid’s drummer.
My personal goal is to help The Enid find the next generation of music fans who are passionate about change and could relate to The Enid as it goes forward with its plans.
I still seem to have all my marbles. I don’t quite know what is going on with my Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I haven’t noticed much change and nor has anyone else. I’ve managed to lose lots of weight, stop smoking (everything) and I am working hard on music (piano concerto) and helping with the shape of things to come.
Finally, a reminder that the band will be touring the successful "In The Region of the Summer Stars" instrumental show at these venues during the autumn months:
22nd September: The Fleece, Bristol
23rd September: Pocklington Arts Centre (near York)
1st October: Court Theatre, Tring
4th October: The Musician, Leicester*
6th October: The Ferry, Glasgow - Tickets available from Box Office: 01698 360085