ADEMA 'Abruptly' Fires Singer RYAN SHUCK

February 27, 2024

ADEMA has parted ways with its latest singer, Ryan Shuck, who joined the group in 2019.

Earlier today (Tuesday, February 27),Shuck released the following statement via social media: "My time in ADEMA has abruptly come to an end.

"I want to thank the friends and fans who supported us during my time in the band - over 4 years, 100's of shows, and 2 successful singles. I am beyond grateful for you.

"I will not be joining the band for the upcoming Josie Scott tour or any of the festivals we have booked so far this year. I'll see many of you on The Neon Chronicles Tour w JULIEN-K, PRIEST, and SEPTEMBER MOURNING in APRIL, and again, thank you to any ADEMA fans that supported us and accepted me as the singer for the band. I will forever appreciate you."

A short time later, the remaining members of ADEMATim Fluckey (guitar),Dave DeRoo (bass),Kris Kohls (drums) and Mike Ransom (rhythm guitar) — posted the following message on social media: "ADEMA has made the decision to move forward without Ryan Shuck. Our plan is to continue on indefinitely as a four-piece, and we sincerely wish Ryan all the best in the future.

"We want you to know that in no way will this hinder or impede any of our current or future plans, and that the ultimate deciding factor in our decision was what would be best for you - our fans.

"Thanks for your understanding and we can’t wait to see you on the road this summer!!!"

Back in January 2023, Shuck told the "Nothing Shocking Podcast" about the progress of the songwriting sessions for ADEMA's upcoming studio album: "We are all from the same fucking town. We all grew up like this. We all grew up partying together. We all played together. We all come from the same shit. We need to think back and think about what made this so special. We need to recapture the vibe that we had. That doesn't mean ripping off the old music, but it will mean that the new album is gonna sound like it came after album two [2003's 'Unstable']. And I think with the new songs, people are getting that. We're really going back to the roots of what made ADEMA special."

Ryan also spoke in more detail about the ADEMA songwriting process, saying: "The way I look at it is I have this gift… I can literally just look at those guys and go, 'Hey…' I hear Tim [Fluckey, guitar] do a riff, and I go, 'Fuck, man.' All I have to do is have Mike Ransom play an awesome corresponding part or melody. All of a sudden, it sounds like ADEMA. It's incredible. And then you get Dave and Kris doing what they do. You get Dave's melodic kind of bass playing that is completely unique to Dave. Then you get Kris, who's the most unique drummer I've ever played with; his completely left-brained, weird, really interesting drums. [Producer] Amir [Derakh] and I start laughing when we look at each other. We're, like, 'Oh my God. It sounds like ADEMA. It's so cool.' 'Cause we're fans too. When you get to hear these dudes play together and it sounds like the band that you dig, and when you make them do the things that you know they're the best at, this magic happens. And so I just get excited."

He continued: "Bands are always struggling to do something new and grow and keep themselves interested, but as producers and kind of co-songwriters, you have to go, 'Guys, remember, you're you. You're fucking Tim Fluckey. Just do that riff the way that you do it.' And then they start doing it, and you're, like, 'Oh my God. This is magic. These guys are magic.' So in that way, it's sort of a relief because all I have to do is get ADEMA to do what they do best. And then I've gotta make sure that I don't let the music down and the fans down by making sure the vocals are gonna be fitting the music and they're gonna be right for what the brand and what the story has always been for that band. And it's not that difficult because I am part of that story."

In June 2022, ADEMA released a new song, "Violent Principles". It was the follow-up to ADEMA's first single in nearly a decade, "Ready To Die", which came out in August 2021. Both tracks were planned for inclusion on ADEMA's upcoming album, which was tentatively titled "360 Degrees Of Separation".

In August 2022, Shuck told the "J-Bunny's Music Hub Podcast" that there was "not a chance" of ADEMA ever working with original frontman Marky Chavez again. "I own this," he said. "There's no option for that. No, not at all. I tried to put it together with Marky. That's how I ended up accidentally offering, or accepting, their kind of plea for some, 'Hey, will you come in and sing for us for a tour?' And it just turned out so well that I kept doing it. No, there's no chance [of Chavez returning to the band]," Ryan repeated. " Unfortunately, Marky's jumped in, told them that he's gonna do it and then he's jumped out and pulled the plug on too many big tours, on too many good things, and it's damped the band so badly. Marky's really not been a great person and hasn't really respected the art and the fans and the band, and obviously isn't doing it anymore at all — you know, just doesn't seem to care."

Chavez originally left ADEMA in 2004 due to "creative differences" after two successful albums, "Adema" and "Unstable". The singer — who is the half brother of KORN frontman Jonathan Davis — quit ADEMA again in January 2011 in order to pursue his "solo project." He rejoined the group again six years later and played his first comeback show with ADEMA in May 2017 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California.

After Chavez's original exit from ADEMA, the other members of the band found their way with new lead singers Luke Caraccioli and later Bobby Reeves, while Mark founded MIDNIGHT PANIC with his cousin Peter Shubert. He also produced fellow artists.

ADEMA's last full-length release was 2013's "Topple The Giants". The group's first CD since 2007's "Kill The Headlights" contained brand new tracks plus re-worked versions of ADEMA's chart-topping hits "Giving In" and "Unstable".

My time in Adema has abruptly come to an end.

I want to thank the friends and fans who supported us during my time in...

Posted by Ryan Shuck on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Adema Family and Friends -

Adema has made the decision to move forward without Ryan Shuck. Our plan is to continue on...

Posted by Adema on Tuesday, February 27, 2024

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