Copenhagen, Denmark's RAUNCHY have issued the following update:
"Sadly Kasper (Thomsen; vocals) has decided to leave the band. No drama whatsoever and we wish him the best of luck in the future. Kasper has been a big part of RAUNCHY and done a great job on the last three albums and will remain a good friend. So who's going to handle the lead vocals on the forthcoming album? We are proud to welcome the very talented Mike Semesky (formerly of THE HAARP MACHINE) as the new lead singer. After hearing his vocals on some early demos for the forthcoming RAUNCHY album we are beyond satisfied and very excited to start a new chapter with Mike. We are still writing and demoing ideas for the next album and we expect to enter the studio later this year. We have some tour dates coming up for late June and October so stay tuned."
You can read Kasper's statement below:
"Dear friends, It is with a saddened heart I write these words to you. From this day I will no longer be a part of the band. It is solely my own decision, and there are absolutely no hard feelings between me and my brothers in the band.
Playing with my brothers for almost nine years has been nothing but extraordinary; we have released excellent albums, we have toured most of the world, we’ve played the biggest festivals and I’ve been privileged enough to be a part of it all. Wow, what a rush it has been! But every good thing must come to an end, and I feel it is time for me to step down and rest with all my good memories.
I don’t know what the future will bring, but I’m certain it holds new possibilities and new adventures for me and my family. I want to thank my brothers in the band for this amazing journey and for always believing in me – and I want to thank all of our fans for their endless support.
Even though I’m no longer a part of this endeavor the band will continue to write a crushing new record for you to enjoy in a not so distant future. Please welcome the new man onboard as warmly as you welcomed me – and please continue to support the band with all of your heart – that’s all I wish for."