Christian metal group says “toxic relationship” led to bassist’s departure
By David Sands
September 5, 2017
Stryper has cut ties with their longtime bassist Tim Gaines. The Christian metal group linked his departure to a “toxic relationship” that had developed between him and the rest of the band.
Gaines played bass with Stryper for their most of its existence, excepting a four-year span from 2005 to 2009 when Tracy Ferrie served as their bassist. The shakeup comes after a brief hiatus that followed Gaines’ divorce. In a statement posted on Facebook, the band wished their former bassist “nothing but the best,” adding that they would “always remember the history and the good times that we all shared together.” But they also remarked that the Gaines and his new wife, Brandee, had been creating strife within the band:
“The band decided to take a hiatus in order to give Tim time and space to work through his personal issues. However, based on Tim and Brandee’s intentional, erratic and hostile behavior, which has damaged Stryper and threatened to undermine the band’s ability to go forward professionally, we were left with no other choice but to part ways. Tim and Brandee have left their scars and have hurt us in more ways than you can imagine.”
Members of the band also noted that they’d been “forced to retain legal representation” following a public “post/threat” of a lawsuit by Gaines. In an interview with KNAC, the bassist attributed his dismissal to his divorce, a practice which is frowned up in some Christian communities.
“Nobody bothered to look into why I got a divorce. It was 20 years of a bad marriage, but nobody bothers to look into the abuse and all the stuff that went along with it. They just see me getting a divorce and getting remarried and come to their conclusions.”
Stryper disagreed with that assessment in their statement, saying that divorce “never affected anyone’s position in the band.” The group plans to make an announcement about a new bassist, as a well as an upcoming album and tour, in the near future.