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The Growl Bassist To Undergo Emergency Surgery Following Attack

4 February 2014 | 5:22 pm | Staff Writer

He was assaulted early Monday morning.

Marc Earley, bassist for Western Australian rockers The Growl, was the victim of an allegedly unprovoked assault in Sydney in the early hours of Monday morning, according to a statement issued by the band today, and will be forced to undergo surgery and occupational therapy to ensure his playing future.

His alleged attacker, who did not appear to be under the influence at the time, is said to have intentionally broken Earley's ring finger in the attack in the suburb of Surry Hills. As a result, Earley has suffered two fracture on his upper knuckle.

To date no one has been charged over the incident, though police are said to be reviewing CCTV footage and investigating the incident at present.

The bassist has had to fly back to Perth for emergency surgery, which doctors have said is required within 48 hours of the attack in order for him to make a full recovery.

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Earley also works as a jazz musician, film scorer and bass teacher and, as such, relies on the use of his hands to earn a living. He doesn't have health or income insurance, so if you'd like to help you can donate here.

Pond's Nick Allbrook will replace Earley in The Growl for the remaining Laneway dates.