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Regarding Jimmie Strimell

Regarding Jimmie Strimell

March 06, 2020 18 Comments

Hi all,

We want to update you on the current situation regarding Jimmie Strimell. 
In doing so, we want to be completely honest and transparent.

When we gave him a second chance to once again enter the band as a full time member, our only demand was that he would be totally clean from his drug abuse. 

The very drug abuse he himself has written about, and talks quite openly about in general. We reached a mutual agreement on zero tolerance against drugs and alcohol, accordingly.

Additionally, this would only apply on shows when we are to perform as Dead by April. As it is of course up to him, or anyone else, to make whatever choice in life they’d want otherwise, obviously.

The last couple of months there has been several occasion where we have caught Jimmie both high, and drinking alcohol. In fact, the very first tour he did with us as a returning member — he drank alcohol on the tourbus. So he has had multiple chances. 

The last two shows on tour, Jimmie actually left us just a few hours before stage time. That’s insane!! 😳 Without saying anything to anyone. That’s so disrespectful towards the DBA fans that bought their tickets to enjoy the show. The rest of us actually stayed to perform the shows as we refused to cancel.

If anyone of you here on AA have any experience what it is like trying to communicate, have a relationship with, or even help (lending money, organizing, just being there when needed the most) with an addict — you’d know that it can be a complete nightmare…There are so many lies, paranoia, manipulation attempts, false accusations, it’s ridiculous. And there is literally nothing you can do.

We cannot be his emotional punching bag for whenever he chooses to use or drink. It’s extremely exhausting, tumoultus, stressful, and incredibly destructive…

We also don’t want to be his enablers and constantly give him new chances regardless of his behavior as he always promise us that this time — is the last time he is gonna use or drink.

As you can probably understand - we have no other choice but to let Jimmie go.. And we can only hope that he will make future choices that will put him on the right path in life. This is beyond our control, and we wish him all the strength, luck, and best we possibly can. 

Note: we have a replacement ready. This will be updated in a separate post later today. #dbaforever 



18 Responses

DBAfan
DBAfan

March 14, 2020

Yes, drug addicts must not be tolerated. It’s so easy to say “I have problems, I am lost, etc.” Sad for Jimmie, cuz he is great singer and things that dba was doing from the past was wonderful.

Cezanne Villanueva
Cezanne Villanueva

March 07, 2020

To the person below who asked, by saying “I have been there”, in that instagram caption, Jimmie implied he knows what it’s like to be addicted to heroin and write songs about it. I have contact with DBA and I’ve just been told by someone in the band they can confirm that it’s true. I’m sorry, I know it’s a lot to take in, everyone is sad and angry about this. But Jimmie seriously needs to accept the help he clearly needs. Two Faced, which he wrote himself, is also literally about heroin addiction.

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March 06, 2020

Does the instagram post proof Jimmie himself is/was a heroin addict though? I don’t think so, all it said really was “I know what it’s like to be lost in hell (due to drug addiction)”, not necessarily “I know what it’s like to be on the very same drug”. That’s how I interpreted it?

Cezanne Villanueva
Cezanne Villanueva

March 06, 2020

@Mark – Yep, it’s sad but true. I found the instagram post caption for proof, I posted it in the comments section of DBA’s post about Jimmie, it’s in reply to someone so you’ll have to look through a bit to find it. And April Army members if you see this, there’s evidence of Jimmie admitting to being a heroin addict which I just posted a screenshot of in the latest forum thread. Very sad indeed

四月之殇
四月之殇

March 06, 2020

I am a fan from China. I am very sad to hear the news. jimmie still can’t quit drugs. I hope the new members can do better.

DBA Band
DBA Band

March 06, 2020

We wish nothing but the best for Jimmie. And we intend nothing but the best of outcomes by being this transparent in this post. Hopefully a final wake-up call. We’ve been lending him money when he needed it, been trying to talk to him, support him in pretty much any possible way.. We also offered him a chance to go to a Thailand rehab which would be paid for in part by DBA. But nothing has helped, and yes — we’ve now given up and must move on.

AJ
AJ

March 06, 2020

Mark, are you that ignorant of addiction. It pains me that the lead singer is out but as one who does and continues to battle addiction, if you dont understand then keep your comments to yourself. Addiction is a daily battle, one of which I lose most days. That being said I respect the bands stance and completely agree with the why. But Mark, you’re 100% clueless. I feel bad for anyone YOU know that fights this day in and day out. Your statement is 100% everything wrong with the stigma of addiction. Walk the walk and talk the talk…if you dont understand than really Mark your comment should have been kept to yourself. what the band did is 100% the correct way to handle things. Other around him have to accept they were enabling. Maybe not on purpose and I assure you it was done out of love but bottom line addiction isnt the problem for just.the addict. Get over yourself mark and see this is not just what needed to happen but it’s what had to happen. To save or at least attempt at saving Jimmies life.

@CEZANNE VILLANUEVA
@CEZANNE VILLANUEVA

March 06, 2020

Mark here, in that case I retreat anything I said. Sorry

Eduardo
Eduardo

March 06, 2020

Sin duda es una noticia triste para todos, creo que todos queremos que Jimmie se recupere y la banda tiene que seguir adelante.
Les escucho hace 5 años y medio, sois mi banda favorita e incluso tengo tatuado DBA en el brazo y noticias como esta son difíciles de asimilar.
Sigan adelante tanto Jimmie como DBA, saludos desde Perú.

Jani
Jani

March 06, 2020

This is a really bad case of Deja Vu, i cant say i have had any experience with drugs. But going through this same old story over again really makes me confused, Jimmie needs to focus on gettin his life back on the right track, as for the band. I think they would have to be there not as mates, but may be as a support pillar? Cause in the end, Jimmie would need to fix this thing, but he cant do it all alone. Some times you just need that nudge in the right direction, obviously the band has given up. But that cant mean they can support him outside of the group

Cezanne Villanueva
Cezanne Villanueva

March 06, 2020

@Mark: Actually, Jimmie did far worse than just what you mentioned – he did heroin, he admitted it himself in an instagram post a long time ago (that looks like it’s been deleted because I can’t seem to find it now) in which he referenced one of his idols Jonny Craig, who is also a heroin addict and got kicked out of multiple bands. Unsurprisingly, the same thing happened to Jimmie himself. It is one thing to make choices, it’s another thing to allow those choices to affect your entire life and literally everyone around you.

@DBA: The true fans are with you no matter what. Love you guys so much, looking forward to the future. Peace!

Jessica Andersson
Jessica Andersson

March 06, 2020

You guys rock in skövde when he wasnt there! I had waited 11 years to finally see u guys and ofcourse it would have been a disapointment if u cancled. You guys rock either way and have been a part of my life since i heard “losing you” for the first time. Hope everything will go well with the new growler! ❤️

Moises Henrique
Moises Henrique

March 06, 2020

Sorry about the news guys, im a brazilian fan and I wish the best for the band and Jimmie…waiting all of you come here

Sergio
Sergio

March 06, 2020

Looks like the story with Jimmie is repeating itself. This situation is truly sad and hopeless, Jimmie fell back into his bad habits and behaved disrespectfully with his mates.

When Jimmie returned to the band, I was very happy that i could enjoy his voice again, both live and in upcoming productions, but…he fucked the band and the people around him again.

There are people who criticize the band for not helping him, or for firing him again, but I think there is no person blinder than the one who doesn’t want to see, and I think Jimmie, by going back to DBA and going back to show business in general, make you lose willpower to stay clean, the music world is very hard, and for some people who have such serious problems, their only way is to consume to stay stimulated. It seems that the only solution for Jimmie to stay clean is to retire from the world of music

Pontus, Marcus W. and Marcus R. you have made the right decision, even though we, the fans, love Jimmie’s voice, it’s not fair for you to go through all this shit, because I know that in the background of all this, Pontus brought Jimmie for us , the fans, and because he knows that we love him, despite having (again) problems with substance abuse, risking a few years of the band (3 years) to move on, it is also worth noting that at that time Stoffe left the band for no weight, claiming that they were for personal reasons

In conclusion, I would like to thank Pontus, even though the information and the news hurts, all the transparency and honesty he has shown in informing us all

I hope that from today, the band will rise again from the ashes and that soon we will have the identity of the new vocalist, who will surely do a great job

All the best for you guys

Take care

J
J

March 06, 2020

Reading about this problem (again) broke my heart. I’m so sorry guys. I wish you all the best and I hope I see you soon, better and stronger. Love.

Michael
Michael

March 06, 2020

Jimmie i wish you the best and if you ever get the opportunity to read this at anytime, i hope you get better man remember that yes feeling the buzz or the high feels as mazing temporary but think of the memories and the times you can have with people who love as nd care about you. To be able to experience that clear minded and live the experience clear minded. I understand how hard it is i went through it but you can do it. Me, your fans, your friends we all believe in you. Hearing you guys sing my first time was an amazing experience you all changed me with your inspiration songs and lyric that helped explain many things i went through and jimmie you were in all of them please get better.

@MARK
@MARK

March 06, 2020

You must be really dense if you did not notice that his substance abuse had caused them to perform without him; a bandmate doesn’t do that to his mates. Jimmie’s addiction had caused problems for them in the past, so it is obvious that when he got back; he is walking on thin ice and can’t do the same crap he had pulled off before.

Mark
Mark

March 06, 2020

So he drinks beer/cocktails and smokes the occasional weed-sigarette? OUT-RAGE-OUS. Maybe you guys gotta quit being his second mother and just enjoy life as a band. You guys are away from the music scene for ages due this mothering each other. Rant over.

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