Doomriders Drummer JR Conners Jumps Ship


Well, you know…he’s got a lot going on, what with Cave In mounting a comeback and whatnot. So drummer JR Conners has relieved himself from stoner metal outfit Doomriders.

But don’t worry, little childrens. This sudden announcement will have no effect on the band’s upcoming September 6 gig with the almighty Sleep in Brooklyn, which every metalhead worth his salt in the Tri-State area will be attending; Ben Koller of Converge is filling in for Conners. Unearthly Trance are also on the bill. Guess what? Doomriders — who happen to be one of the lovely Jen Guyre’s favorite bands — issued a statement on JR’s ship jump.

“JR Conners will be surrendering drum duties in Doomriders,” the band wrote in an online statement. “A family, a career, and two bands is a lot to juggle so though we are sad to see him go, we also wish him all the best. We love you JR! Ben Koller of Converge and Acid Tiger will be filling in for the time being and we are all very excited to have him. He will be on drums for the show on September 6 — so don’t miss it!”

From the latest issue of Drunk Chicks

About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for, AOL’s heavy metal blog, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show;” during his tenure behind the microphone, Harris interviewed the likes of Slayer’s Tom Araya, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, Sepultura’s Max Cavalera, and Chino Moreno of the Deftones. Harris is also a frequent contributor to regional publications including The Albany Times-Union, The Sacramento Bee, and The Improper Hamptonian, where he wrote ‘The Morning After Man,’ an eagerly-anticipated column, known for its blunt and comical take on sexual mores. Harris spent four years as a reporter and on-air talent for MTV News, covering live music events like Ozzfest, the Video Music Awards, and Lollapalooza. He has reported from the scene of several Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, the Grammy Awards, and was the only reporter to cover the final days of legendary punk club CBGB, from contentious rent dispute that got the ball rolling towards eviction to the slow dismantling of the punk mecca. Harris was on the ground, reporting from the scene of the Virginia Tech tragedy and also covered the high-profile court cases of Lil Kim, Irv Gotti, R. Kelly, and Michael Jackson. Getting his start at The East Hampton Star, Harris was named in 1998 the Long Island Press Association’s Rookie Reporter of the Year. He later worked as an investigative reporter for The Hartford Advocate, where he covered gang crime, state politics, drug wars, crime, and social justice issues. He also doubled as the paper’s music editor. Harris was also commissioned by Universal Music Group to write questions for the upcoming iPad trivia game “Rock Guru,” and has finished several screenplays and is working with a number of well-known actors to bring them to production.
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One Response to Doomriders Drummer JR Conners Jumps Ship

  1. Thomas Pizzola says:

    That’s too bad….I really loved their last disc and it’s constantly at the top of my playlist. Real cool dudes too. I got to interview Nate for a show the band played with Skeletonwitch back in March at the Webster Underground. Also got to talk their guitarist Chris a bit at the show…awesome band, I wish they could do more. Plus, they liked the article so much they gave me a free piece of merch off their table…I took the vinyl version of the latest record. Great band, great guys…
    Also, their song Lions helps me through tough times…

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