Protest The Hero has enlisted drummer Mike Ieradi as the band's new and permanent backbeat. The band had the help of Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler for recording their fourth album, Volition, but with touring on the horizon, they knew it was time to find someone to join the band indefinitely.
Protest made a statement about the recent developments, saying:
"Finding a new drummer has proven to be a tough task! We had interest and video submissions from many friends, fans, and family alike (yes, Choadie's mom sent in a video of her ripping 'C'est La Vie!'). Every single one of those submissions was wonderful – but we realized it was going to be impossible to select a drummer based on a YouTube video. We needed someone who we knew. Someone who we thought we wouldn't murder and leave at the side of the road two weeks into tour. We think we have found that person in Mike Ieradi – a Canadian fella we met many moons ago.
What's that you say? Mike is already in another band? Yes, he is. He will be playing in two bands on this upcoming tour. He will be opening with his band The Kindred and will then wrap the night up playing with us. Despite pulling double duty on this tour, he IS the newest member of pth and will hopefully be with us until we hang up the old jazz picks. No pressure Mike!"
Mike Ieradi comments, "Hey everyone! Mike Ieradi here, and happy to announce my new role in Protest the Hero. I'm excited to be a full blown member of a great band with some great friends, and looking forward to the future with these goons. Stoked to see everyone out on this upcoming tour, and I hope you enjoy watching me sweat my way through two sets with Protest and The Kindred. It should be a fun one!”