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Thy Art is Murder want privacy to regroup

Thy Art Is Murder guitarist Andy Marsh says he wants to avoid “starting another circus around the band” following the departure of frontman CJ McMahon last month.

Instead, he hopes the Australian outfit will be allowed privacy to get on with the business of finding a replacement.

McMahon cited financial pressures as one of the main reasons for quitting, saying: “We have been broke for years and I can’t live like this any more.”

Marsh tells The Jasta Show: “We love what we do, and we like playing heavy music, but at the same time we’re low-key guys.

“We don’t want all this attention – we want to create our shortlist in private. Hopefully we keep that in private and it goes through the motions behind closed doors.”

He already knows what kind of person the band are looking for. “They have to be our friend,” he says. “They have to represent our music and what our band is to people.

“Whoever we get will be good, no doubt – but they also have to fit un with us, sit in the van, sit in the bus, sit on the plane, and be bored for 20 hours a day with us.”

Molotov Solution vocalist Nick Arthur will front Thy Art Is Murder on a temporary basis during their next European tour, which begins on January 22.

Martin Kielty

Not only is one-time online news editor Martin an established rock journalist and drummer, but he’s also penned several books on music history, including SAHB Story: The Tale of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band (opens in new tab), a band he once managed, and the best-selling Apollo Memories (opens in new tab) about the history of the legendary and infamous Glasgow Apollo. Martin has written for Classic Rock and Prog and at one time had written more articles for Louder than anyone else (we think he's second now). He’s appeared on TV and when not delving intro all things music, can be found travelling along the UK’s vast canal network.