Drummer Chris Pennie, founding member of Dillinger Escape Plan and current member of progressive rock acts Coheed and Cambria and Return To Earth, has announced his exit from Coheed and Cambria.
Pennie and the band cited “creative differences” as the primary reasons for the split after the drummer’s four-year tenure with the band. I was never quite sure why he left Dillinger Escape Plan for Coheed. I mean, I never understood it. That’s like leaving the Yankees to join the Nationals. I always thought it was an unusual pairing.
Pennie officially joined Coheed in 2007, replacing drummer Josh Eppard and touring extensively with the band internationally. He is featured on Coheed’s most recent studio album, Year of the Black Rainbow.
Pennie will shift his full attention to his most recent projects, acclaimed progressive metal band Return to Earth and Fight Mannequins.
“I am very thankful for the times I shared the stage with the guys in Coheed and especially want to thank the amazing, supportive fans that I’ve met while on tour,” said Pennie. “There are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon in addition to Return To Earth and Fight Mannequins that I feel require 100 percent of my commitment and attention. I feel that this is the right time to make that happen.”
This is the second shakeup to hit Coheed since August, when the band fired bassist Michael Todd, who allegedly held up a pharmacy, threatening to blow the store up unless employees handed over painkillers.