In a Facbook statement released on April 20, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-based Americana group Cabinet announced they’ll be pushing on without original drummer Jami Novak.
“We’ve made the bittersweet decision to part ways with our brother Jami Novak,” the statement said. “As we all know, his skills behind the kit were a huge part of the development of this band and we are grateful for all he’s contributed over the years. Please understand this was not an easy call to make, but we feel it’s what’s best for the group moving forward.”
Novak — who also keeps time in Village Idiots — and fellow percussionist Josh Karis had been a dual threat on the skins since Karis was introduced as the band’s second drummer last May during Cabinet’s hometown music festival, Susquehanna Breakdown, in Scranton.
As the band takes on a spring tour leg that will take them through New England and the Mid-Atlantic region, Karis will take sole command of the drum kit.
A seasoned tubsman, Karis held a tenure with roots rock outfit Leroy Justice and was sought out by former members of Breaking Benjamin and Lifer for the hard-rock project Stardog Champion in 2013.
Cabinet will return to Northeastern Pennsylvania on May 19 and 20 for the 2017 rendition of Susquehanna Breakdown at The Pavilion at Montage Mountain.
“Keep your spirits high with us, friends,” the Facebook statement said. “We are looking confidently at what’s ahead.”
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