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Ministry of Love focuses on getting its singer healthy

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Tough road ahead: Vitale, at her last show before surgery.
Mona Shield Payne
Chris Bitonti

Friday night was bittersweet for fans and members of local band Ministry of Love. On one hand, the coed five-piece rock group took the stage at the House of Blues to celebrate the release of a new EP, A Promise for Forever. But on a far more somber note, the show marked the last for MoL for the foreseeable future, as lead singer Meg Vitale begins treatment for thyroid cancer. On October 9, she’ll undergo surgery dangerously close to her vocal chords and then is expected to begin radiation treatment.

Rather than wallow in self-pity, the band forged on with its pop-friendly, post-hardcore sound, which resonated throughout the spacious venue. A small but loyal crowd turned out, singing along to tunes from 2011 EP Party Animals, a fitting predecessor to the new release.

The band has gone on performing hiatus to prioritize Vitale’s medical treatment. “We are 100 percent focused on getting Meg healthy,” said bassist Patrick “Pulsar” Trout. After the show, however, Vitale didn’t sound like she plans to sit around until October. “It hasn’t affected my voice at all yet, so we’re going to continue to write and demo until my surgery.”

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