To close the book on the band after eight years of making music reaching back to core members' high school days, horror rockers Schoolyard Heroes will regroup with their classic lineup -- Ryann Donnelly, Jonah Bergman, Steve Bonnell, Brian Turner -- for December 19's Horrordays at El Corazon. It will be their last show. Kane Hodder will also be reuniting their original lineup for the show, and promptly break up.
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"I'm really glad schoolyard heroes are being put to rest the way it started," vocalist Ryann Donnelly told us yesterday before today's official announcement. "And, honestly, the reason we're calling it a day on Schoolyard isn't because we don't love it."
Donnelly says the reason it was time to move on was that she and Bergman couldn't see working as Schoolyard without Bonnell and Turner, who exited separately within the last year.
"It was strange to play shows as Schoolyard Heroes with different people," she says.
In the announcement on their web site, Schoolyard hinted at the future:
"Don't freak out! If Schoolyard Heroes has taught you anything over the years, it is that death is always around you... and that from death shall emerge new channels of destruction. Loud, distorted, maybe even operatic channels."
We'll post more info as we get it.