Bassist Tim Gaines publicly announces no longer in Stryper while stating “touchy subject”
Former Stryper bassist Timothy Gaines along with his Faithsedge bandmate Giancarlo Floridia were recently interviewed by KNAC.
Gaines was asked whether he was no longer in Stryper to which he replied: “Well, I’ve been working with Gian for a year and a half now. Yeah. The Stryper thing is a touchy subject right now. I can’t really elaborate on too much of it. You would probably be the first person that I would say to that I am officially no longer a member of the band. It’s been out there for about a year now that things have been going sour. It hasn’t been officially said by either myself or the band, but yeah, I’m no longer working with them.”
In terms of getting attacked by the Christian community over his personal life and whether this has been tough on him, Gaines advised: “Yeah. You’re put under a microscope in a sense. Because I was in a band that spoke out so much as far as the Christian thing, I was automatically put under a microscope to look a certain way and be some kind of example, which no one can live up to. People fit into this mold. People that go to church, they dress the same. Listen to music a certain way. And it’s just kind of a weird subculture. People in church should be out hanging out with everybody. They pretty much stick to themselves and become this weird little group of people that can’t relate to anybody. When somebody in the church has a problem, and it suddenly becomes known, one of those little things, whatever it might be, in my case I ended up getting a divorce. Which is taboo as far as Christianity, I guess. But all hell broke loose. 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. So whatever. People will be the way that they are. There’s nothing I can do about it. I’m not the only guy in Stryper to have gotten a divorce. Everybody in the band is married to divorced people. And I’m the bad guy, but everybody else has done it too, so? Whatever. Live in glass houses and everything will be exposed at some point or another.”
You can read the rest of the interview with Gaines and Floridia at KNAC.