Sunday, January 25, 2009

Time, which changes people, does not alter the image we have retained of them.

In very sad news, drummer PJ Caruso decided last week to leave Punchline and go his own separate way. It is going to be very hard to not look back and see him beating those drums with all his heart. We will all miss him very much, and wish him the best of luck. We are all still friends, and we're sure we'll still be seeing him every day...we just won't be playing in a band together anymore. The remaining three of us will continue to write, record, and perform music.

Jeff Kopanic (Anti-Flag Warped Tour drummer, Voice In The Wire) will be filling in at our currently scheduled performances. We are excited to play with him as he has been a good friend for a very long time.

Some have assumed that we will stop playing music as we have been "pushed aside" in the music industry and forgone several member changes over the years. Our intention has always been to write and perform music, throwing in the towel would just prove otherwise. Although it would be great, we are not interested in platinum albums or competing with the Jonas Twins. We want to continue to write and record songs that we like. We will most likely be a band for another 10 to 20 years, and most likely release another 10 to 15 albums. Music is what makes us happy, and its what we're into.

Look for Punchline on the road this srping with a new DVD and a new full length album this year.

just say yes.


Here's a note from Peej himself:

Hi everyone! I just wanted to take a second here and thank everyone for everything they have done for us over the years; whether it was coming to a show, letting us sleep on your floor, bringing us cookies, or just listening to one of our cds. Walking away from the band was one of the hardest decisions I have ever made in my life, but I felt like it was time for me to move on and try something different (not musically just in life in general). I'm going back to college and I have taken a full time job, you know, settling down. Being in Punchline has filled me with incredible memories that I will cherish forever. I always had a great time playing for everyone and made more great friends than I could have ever imagined. I'm going to miss all of you, but if you want to talk to me just come find me on the facebooks… I'll be around. I'm not giving up music. I'm still going to play my drums, but now it's just going to be on the weekends. Thank you all again for helping me have the time of my life.

Your friend,


The Real Diehl said...

Im gonna miss PJ!

Anonymous said...

aww thats sad :(

Janelle said...

Aww, I'm gonna miss PJ!

Lauren said...

Aw this is sad news! I wish him the best. And I am sad that after 4-5 years of being a fan, I have yet to see you boys live. Come to the Tri-State area again soon :)

Careenuhhh said...

Your strength is admirable. Although PJ will be missed Punchline as a band will always stay strong. <3

MalloryFisher said...

This is very sad :( We all miss PJ, a lot. I wish him the very best in life and music.

But I'm really happy, at the same time, to see Punchline's persistence. I admire you all, SO much, for continuing to write, record, and play music, just because that's what you do. You don't have to be famous, sell a million records, or be on MTV...or even keep the same members just love playing music because it's in your blood and there's people (like me) that absolutely love it and and are truly inspired by your attitudes toward life, the music industry, and sticking together for the long road.

You guys seriously amazing me. No one needs to tell you to keep on keepin' just do. :)

MalloryFisher said...

*You guys serious amaze

(kinda anal about correct grammar)

MalloryFisher said...

You guys seriously amaze*

(wow, im giving up now)

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing these!
They are amazing and heartfelt.
Sure will miss him, but I understand needing a change.
Punchline rocks, and you guys are all amazing<3