5 Bands With Successful Roster Changes
  • TUESDAY, MARCH 12, 2013

  • Posted by: Ilana Kaplan

People often think that a change in lead singers means that a band will go downhill. Without blatantly saying that's incorrect, here are 5 examples of bands (from punk, classic rock and indie-rock) that have proven that change is a good thing at least when it comes to music.

1) Black Flag



For die-hard DIY punk fans, Black Flag became even more successful when singers changed over the years. They had sixteen different lineup changes, but still remained one of the most engaging punk bands out there. Lead singers changed from Keith Morris to Ron Reyes to Dez Cadena to Henry Rollins.

2) The Misfits



Michael Graves replaced Glenn Danzig as the lead singer changing the vocals from boozy singing to a clean sound. Since then they did replace Graves with their bassist Jerry Only. To their credit, Graves was the last singer that made progress for the band.

3) Genesis



Peter Gabriel began the prog-rock band, but Phil Collins took over in the mid-1970s. The band racked up albums and maintained pop stardom status, while both lead singers ventured onto solo careers of their own.

4) Shiny Toy Guns



The band dumped their lead singer Ursula Vari for Sisley Treasure and then replaced her with Carah Faye Charnow. The band took a darker turn throughout the vocalist changes, which was especially evident in their 2011 album III.

5) Crush Distance



The Brooklyn-based dark, rock band started out as Kid Savant, but became Crush Distance when Ryan Weisberger left the band and Collin Cable took over. The band's single "The Comfort" has been the only officially released song, but for those who attended their Cameo Gallery debut on March 1st, they played a slew of other songs that will put them on the radar of ears and eyes alike. If you haven't heard them yet, not to worry their EP will be out soon. Until then, you can enjoy "The Comfort."
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