The Word Alive announces the departure of drummer, drops new single

The Word Alive drummer, Luke Holland, has decided to leave the band at the end of the year "to pursue passions outside of TWA". The group has released a statement, which you can read below, stating that both parties fully suport each other.

"We're writing you this afternoon with some bitter sweet news. After almost 5 years of being a part of the TWA family, Luke Holland will be saying goodbye at the end of this year. The Overdose Tour will be his final tour. We've been through so much together, and that is a bond that will last a life time. However, it's time for Luke to explore other musical endeavors and pursue passions outside of The Word Alive. We wish him nothing but the best, and sincerely support him in his future just as he supports us in ours. We decided to let you know before the tour so you could have the opportunity to celebrate this chapter coming to an end with us, instead of being blind-sided at the start of the new year.

"We're continuing on, finishing the Dark Matter album cycle with some incredible tours all over the world in 2017. The Overdose Tour will feature our longest headlining set to date including songs we've never played live before, as well as some songs we haven't played in years.

"We look forward to sharing our music with you for years to come."

Later on, the band went on to release a brand new surprise single for the song "Overdose" to thank their fans for their support. Furthermore, the band will donate a portion of the single sales to help youth struggling with addictions. You can read the full text while listening to the song below.

"To our fans,
We knew today would be a rough day for many of you so we decided to release a surprise single 'OVERDOSE' as a thank you for all of your support and understanding.
We'll be playing this song every night on The OVERDOSE TOUR beginning Nov 11th and ending Dec 18th. Grab your tickets here and make sure you learn the words! 
As for the song itself, a portion of proceeds from each single sale will go towards helping youth overcome addictions. We hope to keep as many of you around as possible. You can purchase 'OVERDOSE' on Apple Music here.
Your friends,
The Word Alive"

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