After twelve years together, My Chemical Romance have decided to call it a day. They announced it on their website saying:
”Being in this band for the past 12 years has been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
Throughout their career, they released four albums. Their latest being 2010′s Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
After more than a decade together, Arthur, the side project of numerous MXPX members, have decided to put the band to rest. Arthur began with the original line-up of Michael “Arthur” Herrera, Yuri “Zane” Ruley and MxPx stage tech Neil “Alexander” Hundt in 1997. Shortly after, Thomas “Edmund” Wisniewski joined and completed the band.
The four-piece released their debut EP, Loneliness Is Bliss in 1999, the first through their newly formed independent record label, Rock City Recording Company. It wasn’t until 2010 that they finally released their debut full length album, What The Years Crawl By.
Michael “Arthur” Herrera commented:
“Arthur was never a full time touring band, but we were a band none the less, which is why we’re formally BREAKING UP. It just doesn’t make sense to keep doing nothing, so we’ve collectively decided to pursue separate creative endeavors.”
Ska-punk act We Are The Union has announced that they are ending their time together for the moment and are entering a state of hiatus. The band writes on Facebook:
“We’ve decided to take a hiatus from active status. This does indeed mean we will not be playing Block Party in New Orleans. Usually this type of announcement would be accompanied by a longwinded rant about how unique our struggle was, how every ending is a new beginning, or something else equally stupid and bullshitty.
We were a band. Maybe someday we will be again. We’ve had some amazing times, and we truly appreciate those of you who’ve contributed to our existence. We’ve never been a supercool hype band or uberpunx beardy band, so we thank each and every one of you who listened to our music over the years. It means a lot to us.”
The remainder of the full statement can be read below.
After 35 years together,Vancouver’s legendary punk band D.O.A. have announced plans for their final farewell tour this January.
The band’s final dates have been announced for B.C, Alberta and California. Celebrating 35 years and their 14th studio album We Come In Peace, fans will be treated to 2 hours of D.O.A. songs old and new. Watch for special appearances from many ex band members at the final Vancouver show on January 18th at The Rickshaw.
The band formed in 1978 and first released the famed “Disco Sucks” EP. 14 studio albums later, the band are putting it to rest as frontman Joey “Shithead” Keithley embarks on a political career seeking the New Democratic Party (NDP) nomination in Coquitlam, British Columbia. He commented:
“I’ve been working on trying to change Canada and this world into a better place from outside the system for the last 35 years; now I will do my utmost to effect that change from inside the system. That’s why I am running for the only progressive party, the NDP”
Heavy rockers Underoath have announced plans to disband following the release of their career summary Anthology 1999-2013 and a final farewell tour. After a long career spanning 15 years and seven studio albums the group has decided to call it quits.
Keyboardist Chris Dudley says of the breakup:
“Over the past decade or so of our lives, we have been able to live a dream traveling the world, playing music that excites us, and meeting more amazing people than we could have ever fathomed. This couldn’t be a more bittersweet moment for us. We have accomplished more, met more friends, seen more places and have just done more than we could have ever imagined, and we really wanted to just go out on the highest note possible. That’s why we have put together a group of great friends and musicians for what will be our final tour ever. We are taking every moment of this tour as an opportunity to say goodbye to you all, as well as celebrate what has taken place over all these years. The love we have and the debt of gratitude that we owe to all of you is not able to be measured in any way.”
The farewell tour will kick off in 2013. Further details will be announced next week.
The Anthology will feature (as the title suggests) songs from 1999 to newly recorded material that has previously been unreleased. “Sunburnt” and “Unsound“, both produced by long time producer Matt Goldman.
The third annual Dear Jack Foundation benefit introduces an evening with Jack’s Mannequin, which will thrive as their last performance together as a band. The final set will take place on Nov. 11, 2012 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, Calif.
In regards to their last show, frontman Andrew McMahon expressed:
“These are not easy words to write but I truly believe that the ending of this chapter will give birth to something beautiful. I cannot thank you all enough for the support you have given, not just to me, but also to Bobby, Jay, Mikey and Jon over the last 7 years. We are eager to take the stage on the 11th and play these songs that have scored nearly a decade of our lives, for you, the people who have given them a home. It feels both fated and appropriate that the profits from this show go to supporting young adults affected by cancer.”
Jack’s Mannequin originally started as Andrew McMahon’s solo project in 2004, already being a member of Something Corporate. Both rock bands formed in Orange County, Calif.
After eight years together, Jack’s Mannequin has decided to call it a day and will play their last show together on November 11th in Los Angeles. Front man Andrew McMahon, who will continue releasing music under his own name, explained:
At the heart of this change is the closing of a very important chapter in my life, one that is no doubt close to all of us. On November 11th, in Los Angeles at the 3rd annual Dear Jack benefit, my band and I will perform our last set as Jack’s Mannequin.
These are not easy words to write but I truly believe that the ending of this chapter will give birth to something beautiful. I cannot thank you all enough for the support you have given, not just to me, but also to Bobby, Jay, Mikey and Jon over the last 7 years. We are eager to take the stage on the 11th and play these songs that have scored nearly a decade of our lives, for you, the people who have given them a home. It feels both fated and appropriate that the profits from this show go to supporting young adults affected by cancer.
Throughout their career, the band released three albums: 2005′s Everything In Transit, 2008′s The Glass Passenger and 2011′s People and Things.
Philadelphia’s One Win Choice have announced plans to call it a day after their performance at this year’s The Fest XI in Gainesville, Florida over Halloween Weekend. The band explained their decision saying:
After roughly ten years of One Win Choice being a band, those of us who remain have decided to call it quits. Recently, Justin, our guitar player and one of the founding members relayed to us that it was time for him to bow out and focus on other aspects of his life. Given all the changes we have had in the last three to four years, we saw that it was time to put One Win Choice to rest and move on. Our final tour will be at the end of October down to the Fest in Gainesville, Florida and we could think of no better way to celebrate it than with our best buddies in Astpai from overseas. Final dates on that coming soon.
We cannot possibly thank everyone enough for all the support over the years, from releasing records, booking shows, cooking meals, sleeping places, kind words, and good conversations.
As mentioned, the band will be hitting the road one last time with Astpai as they make it down to The Fest. The band’s final album, Conveyor, was released in 2011 through Jump Start Records.
Pennsylvania’s Spraynard have announced that they will be breaking up. The explained:
Dear homies, spanning the globe. As much as this hurts to say, it can’t wait any longer. Spraynard is no longer a band. We started this band because all three of us were best friends. Lately, that has not been the case. All three of us are moving in much different directions, and being in a full-time(ish) touring band just isn’t making sense anymore. We apologize for the abruptness of this, but for now we won’t be playing a last show. When all three of us are having a good time during a show, that usually has translated into the funniest shit you’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, because we are on not the best terms personally, to me it doesn’t make sense for us to fake that famous fun lovin’ aesthetic. We got to do so much cool stuff as a band and we want to thank every single person who has ever been there for us, sang along, laughed at our hilarious jokes, or even booed. You all will always mean the world to us. We are(were) the best band on the planet. rip. <!3
During their four years together, they released two full-length records– 2010′s Cut & Paste and 2011′s Funtitled – as well as a handful of split EPs.
Canadian technical punk band This Is A Standoff have decided to break-up. The band made the statement saying:
As you may have noticed, things have been quiet with us since the fall, and apologies are due, as we have been holding onto this bit of news for a few months now.
To make it short and sweet, This Is A Standoff is done. Touring has become harder and harder, and everyone’s lives have been heading in different directions for quite some time now.
We set out to be a part-time band, but somehow we ended up playing 322 shows in over 25 countries across 4 continents. Along the way, we were lucky enough make amazing friends in all corners of the world and play along side some of our favourite bands.
It’s been an amazing and surreal five years, and we owe endless thank you’s to every single one of you that helped us out along the way by checking out a record, attending or promoting a show, letting us crash on your floor, giving us food, or simply taking five minutes to come chat with us.
The band, which featured former Belvedere members, released their last album, Be Delighted, in 2011. We interviewed bassist Nick Kouremenos late last year.
Toronto’s The Artist Life have decided to put the band to rest after five years together. They will be playing their final show at Sneaky Dee’s in Toronto March 31st, 2012. They made the announcement on their website saying:
It’s a New Year. A new year full of resolutions, new stories to create and most of all, a fresh new beginning. With that being said, we wish this was one if those moments we tell you all something new and exciting. Unfortunately, this being ‘new’ it my not be that exciting to most.
It’s been an amazing 5 years. But today is the day The Artist Life will be laid to rest. Thank you all so much for the support over the years and for believing in this band.
The band has also just unveiled a music video for their single Impossible, which is the title track from their final album that was released last year.
After eleven years together, A Static Lullaby have decided to call it a day. Guitarist Dan Arnold made the announcement saying:
Hi, Dan here, I’d like to thank everyone who supported the band for the past 11 years, i’ts been an amazing ride. It’s very bittersweet to say that A Static Lullaby will not be making a new record, we are comfortable with what we have done with our music and have decided that “if it aint broke don’t fix it”. DON’T FRET THOUGH, I’m sure there will be plenty of music to listen to from most of the members. From Joe Brown, Dan Arnold, Brett Dinovo, Matthew Faulkner, Dane Poppin, Tyler Mahurin, John Martinez, Phil Pirrone, Nathan Lindeman. Thanks for helping us to become who we are today, make sure you click on the links above to check out what some of the guys have been creating over the years. Love, Dan Arnold
Throughout their career, they released four albums with their last being 2008′s Rattlesnake!.
The Riot Before has called it a day. Frontman Brett Adams Explains:
“Though The Riot Before has been made up of thirteen different musicians over the course of its eight year existence, Cory, Freddy, and Jon were by far the most important and influential members. They performed on Rebellion and Fists Buried in Pockets, they were on stage during the vast majority of our five-hundred plus shows, and they sacrificed their time, their money, their personal lives to make this band work for as long as it did. The band is permanently indented with their influence, so much so that, with all three of them now gone, it would be both insensitive and dishonest to stand alone on something built by a group and obstinately declare it The Riot Before. So I won’t.
Sitting alone in my dorm room playing guitar way back in 2003, I could never have imagined that those poorly strummed power chords were the beginnings of a sound that would resonate for the next eight years. And I really mean that. I grew up in a small farm town in a part of California that bands tend to avoid, and so for most of my life the act of simply attending a show was normally so far out of reach that I never thought it possible to get the chance to be the show. That I would be a part of over five hundred shows in ten different countries, well, that was a reality that at one time really was even beyond the grasp of my imagination.”
Long running post-punk act Thrice has announced that they will be “taking a break from being a full-time band.” The band’s official statement is adamant that they will not be breaking up but that their upcoming spring tour will be the last for a very lengthy stretch. Dustin issued a statement:
“…I don’t know what the future looks like for Thrice, or for any of us individually. I do know that I would love to make more music in the future with them, as well as play some shows or short tours, but for the time being, I need to step out of the role of full time touring/recording musician, and will do so after this tour. I will continue to make music in various capacities I’m sure, and continue in my work as a Worship Director at Mars Hill Church in Orange County.
I know this will be very disappointing news to many people, and for that I am truly sorry. The amount of support and love we’ve been given in our career is staggering and overwhelming. I know I’m biased, but I think we have the best fans in the world. This upcoming tour should be a lot of fun. We are planning for it to be somewhat of a celebration of the last 13 years and I’m sure we’ll be breaking out a bunch of songs that have been buried in the archives. I hope to see you out there to celebrate with us….”
The band released their latest studio album, Major/Minor earlier this year on long time label Vagrant Records.
Long running post hardcore outfit Thursday is calling it quits (or going on an “Indefinite Hiatus” as the kids call it these days). The band issued a statement:
“This year, Thursday has had so much to celebrate: our new record, No Devolución, came out ten years, to the week, after the record that was to become our touchstone: Full Collapse. To have one record still being celebrated a decade after it’s release and another to be met with such critical acclaim was really more than we ever could’ve imagined. We just wanted to play basement shows in New Brunswick. It’s funny… That sounds like a well-worn line now but it’s absolutely the truth.
Despite the fantastic year that the band has enjoyed, creatively, things haven’t been as easy for us on a personal level. Without diving into detail, it’s fair to say that this year has been an endless series of personal difficulties. We haven’t had any falling out and are all still close. I’m sure that we will continue to create, in some capacity, together. We’ve talked about turning Thursday into something else: a non-profit, a band that only records sporadically, a collection of other projects… Underneath it all, the personal circumstances involved make it impossible to continue Thursday in the spirit that has made it special. So, we stop. For now, at least.”
The band will play fifteen shows on their final tour. The dates can be found below.
The Sainte Catherines officially broke-up today after 13 years. The band opens their statement:
“There are hundreds of reasons for why we are disbanding, some of which even our closes friends would not even understand. Being part of The Sainte Catherines has recently brought more negative energy to our individual lives than positive. We don’t want to become pale copies of what we once were, trying to hold on to the “glory of the past”, or what little we had. Something we are proud of.”
The full statement can be read in both French and English on Facebook page. Click here to read the full statement.