Things got real messy behind the scenes, and without going into more detail than is absolutely needed, this very nearly didn’t get released in this form due to years of tension turning into bitterness and resentment.
We feel that regardless of any personal feelings, it wouldn’t be right if this never saw the light of day, because this music and everything that has gone into it is bigger than us and our frail human egos.
So, without further ado, we have not one, but two albums for you, intended to be played together as a smooth, gapless experience that runs for over 100 minutes.
This has been a labour of love every step of the way.
It has drained us of our blood, our sweat, our tears, and our sanity, and what you see and hear here is the sound of three very different individuals coming together to transcend their own limitations and create something that none of us could have made on our own.
We do not know if Slice The Cake shall rise from the ashes in the future, that is something only time can answer.
But if it does not, let these works be a testament to who and what we are. We hope you enjoy The Odyssey.
With love, Slice The Cake”
Jake Lowe and I wrote 100% of the music involved in this, and after years of being jerked around by Gareth’s constant lack of effort, blatant lies about promotional material, general lack of work ethic, and constant self obsessed efforts that were against the band’s better wishes, I determined it would be best if the material found a new home. Especially after Gareth emotionally and verbally abused me for telling him to buckle down and actually do the one job he was in this “band” for. He then quit, completely unexpectedly. When I asked Jonas to come with me to the new project, to bring the recordings he’d worked so hard on, he then ignored me (literally would not reply to my messages), and then I woke up to find out the world was listening to an album I had actually denied the rights to be released. So yeah. This is all a bit of a cluster jam, considering that Gareth and Jonas’ main excuse seem to be “well, technically it’s not illegal …”, and particularly given that Gareth maintains this is “for the art”, it’s especially galling, given the music’s actual composer decided he had other plans for it. Apparently the composer’s decisions don’t mean anything as long as the vocalist and producer are satisfied?
As I said, I’m still incredibly glad you’re all loving the music, but it should be known that this entire release has been one of the shadiest, least artistic moves ever made by a band. Please don’t be fooled by their claims of “the greater good”. This was a cynical, sneaky move, done purely to guarantee their own names on a release that was not theirs to begin with. Yes, I am being credited. Yes, I will be paid for my services. But this is about something bigger than either of those things, and it’s deeply disappointing to not only have to deal with the betrayal and two faced selfishness of people you used to call brothers, but also know that your dreams and goals for the music you slaved so hard on are completely irrelevant to the whims of two children and a “block user” button.
I believe in the combined sanctity of art as much as anyone, but I had the right to my own compositions, and now I have to live with THEIR versions being the ones released. I’m sorry I sound so bitter, I’m sure plenty of you really don’t care, or maybe even think they had the right to do this as well. I can understand that. But I don’t agree. The material was in their hands on good faith that it would be released in a form most satisfactory to all of us, and this is the latest in a long line of my decisions and opinions being either marginalised or ignored, purely for the sake of Jonas and Gareth’s selfishness. Thank you for your time, and I can’t wait to return with all new music and a whole new group of amazing musicians. Plans are in motion. Without any more of this messiness.
Yours sincerely, Jack”
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