The last time Smittix played live was on Halloween of 2014 and since then we’ve been trying our damnedest to find a new guitarist. Yes, our good friend James Tougher and long time band mate has decided to concentrate on real-life for a while, which we completely understand. James is a new father, a husband and a home-owner and he’s been burning the midnight oil to provide for his family. There are no hard feelings between the band and James and we thank him for all the years he has given us. He has served his audience well and we will miss sharing the stage with him.
But we have good news!!!!!
Today we are proud to introduce you to Lucas Rathke, who has taken over the position of lead guitarist for Smittix. Lucas came, he saw, and he kicked ass! We had auditions lined up for weeks but we decided we would rather have Lucas back for a second time and cancel those auditions. Lucas had wowed us the first time by knowing five of our tunes already, the second time he had twice as many songs down-pat and after that we knew we would be wasting our time if we continued our search. The search is over, we have a new and fresh chemistry in the band and we can’t wait to share it with you.
We will be announcing our first gig with Lucas shortly, so stay tuned…
Photos Above: James Tougher on the left and Lucas Rathke on the right