News of a Same Sex Mary lineup change traveled fast Tuesday, after bassist Jason Aragon announced the departure of guitarist Tyler Huddleston on Facebook, later confirmed by founders James Adams (guitar/vocals) and Tsvetelina Stefanova (organ/vocals). With Tuesday night’s show at Brooklyn Bowl behind him, Huddleston will switch his focus to pursuing a second degree in electrical engineering as the band searches for his replacement.
The sendoff gig wasn’t without setbacks—during the first moments of newish opener “Sex Bruise,” Adams’ guitar strings broke—but the singer used the vulnerable moment to work the crowd with freewheeling energy. By the next song, Adams had found a backup guitar, but the band’s collective head seemed elsewhere. Still, the group approached perfection at times, particularly during the final, Modest Mouse-like number, which hinged on Huddleston’s melting guitar solo, showcasing the guitarist’s sinewy tone one last time.
Huddleston will join Same Sex Mary in August to record an upcoming 10-song LP, but the band will tour with a new guitarist moving forward. “The only thing that would really stop us is if we just threw our hands up and said f*ck it, we’re done. We’re not doing that,” Adams says. “It’s going to be a different sound once we find somebody else, but that’s kind of exciting. Who knows what the next person is going to bring and add to the band?”