He replaces Ethan Trembath, who had originally sat out the band’s touring last year in order to finish high school. Trembath commented:
“This is a decision that I’ve been considering for quite a long time. I have really struggled with touring and being away from home so much, and I know that it’s only going to get more intense as the band grows, so I’ve decided to focus my energies on getting work in a recording studio or the production side of things, as that’s what I’ve enjoyed most during my time with Alien Weaponry.
It’s been an awesome experience, and I know we’ll always remain good friends. And I really want to thank our fans all over the world for their amazing support, which has been truly humbling.”
The band themselves issued the below video statement introducing their newest member. They also individually commented on the matter:
Lewis de Jong:
“Ethan is one of the OG crew and we are really going to miss his massive presence. But we get it, we have to respect his wish to spend more time with family and have a home life. The thing is, he lives just up the road so it’s not really goodbye. We fully expect to see a lot of Ethan on our visits back home to Waipu, New Zealand.”
Henry de Jong:
“Turanga was in my class in school and we had some mean times together playing music. We ran auditions with 10 different bass players and in the end, it came back to our homeboy from Bream Bay College, We are stoked to have him with us as we gear up for the next phase in our journey. Ethan has been a beast helping with the audition process and fully getting into choosing his replacement. We love him like a brother and he will always be part of the AW family.”
Turanga Porowini Morgan-Edmonds:
“I know Henry and Lewis from high school and Ethan is a good mate too. He has been so engaged and supportive during the handover and I feel privileged to be picking things up where he left off. Ethan is one of metal’s most energetic and charismatic bass players and I know he will be a hard act to follow.”
A new album from the band is currently in the works with Hammerhead producing. That effort is about to enter the mixing and mastering phase and is expected to feature bass tracks from Trembath and backing vocals from Turanga.