In an announcement that has shocked fans, guitarist/vocalist of The Preatures, Gideon Bensen has quit the band to pursue a solo career. Benson has recently released his first solo offering titled Cold, Cold Heart EP but was expected to continue as a member of The Preatures.
Benson and The Preatures have issued a statement tonight via the bands official facebook page:
It’s sad for us to announce today that Gideon is leaving the band. It wasn’t an easy decision, but he has our love and full support to pursue his solo work and this exciting new chapter in his life. A band is a weird and magic family, and he leaves as our brother and our friend. We’ve been through so much together. Thank you to our friends and families for the support and bad jokes that’ve made us what we are. The band isn’t slowing down, we’ve been busy recording album 2 and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Izzi, Jack, Thomas and Luke xo
“I feel a wealth of emotions as I write this. The past years have been some of the best of my life and I will be eternally grateful for all that I have learnt and experienced being in The Preatures. It’s been an honour and a privilege to be part of such an amazing band, playing alongside Iz, Jack, Tom and Luke. To you guys – The Fans, night after night, I have enjoyed so much playing and singing for you all! The band shows no signs of slowing down… and for me this is not the end of my music making career, just a new beginning. See you all at a show.”
Gideon Bensen – All New Low (Official Video)