Flotsam and Jetsam, regretfully announce that Kelly Smith will be stepping out from behind the drums to focus on caring for his family. Please, extend him you love and support during this time, as we wish nothing but the best for our Flotsam brother.
instrumental in bringing FLOTSAM back to its current form with a touring
and festival schedule that, since 2013, saw the band perform live in 15
countries and across the U.S. for more than 80 shows.
Kelly has issued the
following personal message to the FLOTSAM fans: "As of August, my
family has suffered the loss of two family members and a third is now in
critical condition. With all that has taken place, it has taken me away
from the focus of my duties in FLOTSAM for the foreseeable future.
"In 1982 FLOTSAM (first as DREDLOX, then as DOGZ) was born in
Scottsdale, Arizona on my parents back patio. Despite all the progress
we have made, I am regretfully unable to continue on this journey, as
always I only want the best should my comrades continue the good fight.
Flotz til Death."
As Kelly departs, FLOTSAM continues work on a
new album that is still scheduled for a spring 2015 release, to coincide
with the band's upcoming European tour and festival dates.
Details on the upcoming album and new drummer will be released soon.