Protest the Hero has announced their Canadian tour dates for March. Tickets go on sale Friday, November 26. Lead guitarist Luke Hoskin has also announced that he will be stepping down from the tour with the band. He will remain in the group and will contribute in the studio. His statement reads in part,
“” First of all, I want to say that I have turned and returned many nights debating this decision. Myself and the rest of PTH have been performing live for over half of our lives at this point, so stepping away from one of the things I know best hasn’t been an easy decision.
As the band took a break from live music (as we all did when the pandemic hit), it gave me some time to gain clarity. Although my heart turned to other artists who felt the ill effects of not being able to tour, I found myself feeling the opposite: somewhat relieved that touring was not being considered. I’ve always thought the stress associated with touring was worth it. A day filled with challenges and tensions was always relieved by the hour (or so) we played at night. harder for me to justify all the other challenges that came with it. I found myself trying to “get through” rather than soaking up and enjoying the process. Knowing this, I’m sure it’s time for me to take a step back from the living side of things.
I can say without any hesitation that the guys in the band who keep the show going still really like it. Night after night, I saw them savor the moments they spent on stage, each beaming after the set. Lovers of shows, you will be in good hands to move forward.
It doesn’t mean that I am not part of the group yet. Guys let me stay to write, record and laugh jokes on our Discord. Writing, arranging and recording have always been my favorite parts of a band, and I consider it a privilege to continue to write riffs for PTH. That’s really all I can do on the guitar… ”
Guitarist Ben Davis will now be touring with the band. They also announced a new touring bassist, Henry Selva of The Human Abstract. Protest the Hero is out Palimpsest in 2020. See dates and statement below.