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Strapping Young Lad and The DTB split.

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Yesterday InsideOut Music and the Tora! Company held an exclusive media showcase for the new Devin Townsend solo album Ziltoid The Omniscient, including an appearance and Q&A session with the man himself. This turned out to not in fact include a musical performance from Devin, but a hilarious puppet show using Devins superb hand-made rubber Ziltoid puppet he uses in the videos on the Ziltoid MySpace page, and held a press conference from a booth on the stage of the Underworld in Camden, London.

Ziltoid took questions from the audience and during his answers he mentioned Devin would be moving into the mountains, never to be seen from again.

The audience thought it was part of the Ziltoid act, but after a while a tired looking Townsend emerged and confirmed that he is, indeed, quitting and moving to a remote town in Northern Canada.

He plans to continue to make a ton of music, some of which will be heavy, some ambient, like his other new CD The Hummer, and everything in between. Hes going to build a new studio at his new house, and will be keeping his studio in Vancouver where he produces other bands. So every now and again a Devin Townsend album will emerge, possibly on the internet, but he wont tour and wont be doing any other kind of public appearances, like interviews etc.

Eight months ago he and his wife had their first child, Reyner Liam Johnstan Townsend, and his arrival has accelerated Devins decision to back away from the limelight, but is not the sole reason for it. He said these are feelings hes had for some time, and is just so tired of touring and doing interviews and being the focus of things. He also said hes tired of Strapping Young Lad. The last tour was a real struggle for him to muster any enthusiasm, mostly because SYL was initially created to vent all his frustrations, which no longer exist. Hes not the angry early-twenties nutter anymore. Hes a mellow mid-thirties nutter, and doesnt feel the need to be screaming at everyone.

So, Strapping Young Lad is over for good. So is the Devin Townsend Band. Devins music will be made solo from now on, and he will continue to produce other peoples music, but will not tour.

:laughing::D;(

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Devin is bi-polar. He has been committed before. He does things in extremes. So take anything he says with an extreme grain of salt.

He was tired of Strapping before and quit.

But he came back again with SYL, as well as formed the DTB for all his non-SYL work.

He'll be back.

I hope so at least!

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Devin is bi-polar. He has been committed before. He does things in extremes. So take anything he says with an extreme grain of salt.

He was tired of Strapping before and quit.

But he came back again with SYL, as well as formed the DTB for all his non-SYL work.

He'll be back.

I hope so at least!

Actually, I asked Devs wife. This is what she said...

"Never say never. SYL was 'over' after City. Dev will do what he feels like - right now they are not it. Next week, who knows?"

To be honest, I think he has made a sensible decision because it sounds like if he doesn't take some time to chill, he will end up in hospital again.

This is what he says

"The Dev wrote:

Journalism is a crazy thing. (and one of the main contributing factors to my current state of burn out)

Heres the deal:

When and if I feel like it, I'll let you know. I'm officially burnt out on travelling, touring, and self promotion. I want to produce and make records for an undetermined length of time. Please respect that.

I love syl and dtb, and the members of those bands mean a great deal to me, but I have to do it for the love, when it becomes a burden, it's time to step away for awhile. After Ziltoid, there will be no real interviews for as long as it takes for me to build up strength again.

I'm sure at some point I'll get the itch to play, but in the meantime, please respect that I've burnt myself out and need to get away from it all. I'm no good to anyone as a tired shell going through the motions for money.

Enjoy the music...enjoy the productions...there will be a ton of them.

btw - Ziltoid is a self parody, and I don't intend on milking it into a commercial light ... mainstream acceptance makes me nauseous...

Thanks,

Devin "

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