As they say, all good things must come to an end. But it’s never so sad as when we hear those four little words coming from a band we love: “We’re taking a hiatus.” Orlando based hard rock/metal band, Modern Day Escape, announced via Facebook this week that they’d be taking a hiatus “from the music industry as the group Modern Day Escape until further notice.” With that kind of wording, it’s difficult not to daydream about what exactly that might mean. Will they come back under a different name? Split off into side projects? Only time will tell. Check out the full note via Facebook below. (more…)
For those of you set to see the Walkmen during their next few shows, count your lucky stars because these may be their last for a while…or forever. After 14 years together, the band have said that not only are they unsure of their future, but they really don’t have a lot of desire to make any new albums. Speaking to the The Washington Post, bassist/organist Peter Bauer said the band was going on what he considered a “pretty extreme hiatus.”
We have no future plans whatsoever. I’d call it a pretty extreme hiatus¦It’s been almost 14 years now. I think that’s enough, you know? I don’t think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won’t, maybe we’ll play shows. I think it’s weird to make a hubbub about something if there’s nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don’t think we’ve been a gang properly for a long time, so there’s not much to break up, I guess. When we play shows it’s a really fun time seeing old friends. It’s not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It’s like going to Thanksgiving.”
Farewell, guys. We’ll certainly miss you.
Britney Spears has been making music for 14 years at this point, and this December she will release her eighth studio album when Britney Jean arrives in stores. Having conquered the world – multiple times – one might wonder what Ms. Spears is planning next. Her answer? Take a (well-deserved) break.
Speaking with BBC Radio 1 recently, the vocalist revealed that she plans to take a lengthy break from music following the release of her new album and completion of her upcoming Las Vegas residency. When asked whether or not she ever imagined she would be making music over a decade after her debut, Britney replied:
“No I never did, I never felt that. Never in my wildest dreams… I’ll take a break after this one for a while.”
As we mentioned above, Britney fans worried they missed their chance to see pop’s reigning queen should find some comfort in knowing Britney has at least another year of work before she can truly take a break. Her Vegas residency, which is slated to begin December 27, reportedly requires Ms. Spears to perform at least 50 times in the upcoming year. If you want to hear “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” live, now would be a good time to visit Priceline and seek out vacation packages. (more…)
Taking to Facebook shortly after noon on Monday, Moving Mountains posted an update to fans announcing their excitement over a short headlining run that is set to take place in November. The band announced that they will be joined on all three dates by Caravela, This Old Ghost, and Field Mouse, but it’s what came after this news that has everyone feeling a bit melancholy.
Following the initial update, a second paragraph revealed the band’s intent to disband following the aforementioned tour, which will only feature three stops. The band wrote:
These will likely to be the last Moving Mountains shows for the foreseeable future. Over the years, we’ve been insanely fortunate enough to have the support of such a tight knit fanbase, and we can’t thank you enough for providing an outlet for the music we’ve created. We’re all planning to pursue other artistic endeavors and look forward to sharing those with you. Thank you for sharing our music, and sharing this entire experience with us. See you this fall.
To say we are bummed about this announcement would be an understatement, but we wish the members the very best moving forward. You can view the poster for their farewell run below. (more…)
Interviews are hard. Forget what anyone tells you, or how cool it sounds to spend your time talking to people others spend their days and nights thinking about, when it comes to developing creative ways to pry into someone’s life who spend every day talking to people about their life before performing songs based off their life is a difficult task. You want to be original, but you also want to develop a real sense of conversation. Throwing in a curveball can derail things, especially if that conversational vibe you’re feeling is inauthentic in any way. Sometimes gold falls in your lap however, and that is exactly what happened to Pitchfork contributor Jayson Greene.
During a recent interview with Built To Spill‘s vocalist Doug Martsch, Green was told “without prompting” that Built To Spill is on hiatus and has no plans to produce new music any time soon. It wasn’t exactly you most would consider an official announcement, but following up on the comment Greene learned BTS is indeed taking time. You can read an excerpt from the interview below. Click here to ready the full article. (more…)
After spending some time on hiatus. MGMT have returned with plans to embark on a Spring tour in the coming months. The outing should keep fans excited for a new release from the group, which is rumored to be scheduled for store arrival sometime this Summer.
Though no details have been released concerning on sale time or who will be supporting the band, those interested in seeing the confirmed tour dates can do so below:
04-26 University Park, PA – Penn State
04-28 Geneseo, NY – SUNY Geneseo
04-30 Portland, ME – State Theatre
05-01 Providence, RI – Lupo’s
05-04 Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
05-06 Grand Rapids, MI – Hoogenboom Center @ Calvin College
05-08 Winnipeg, Manitoba – Burton Cummings Theatre
05-09 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – The Odean Events Centre (more…)
Ever since last night’s Billboard interview with Jordan Pundik, the internet has been going haywire with rumors of New Found Glory‘s impending hiatus. The only problem? It isn’t true.
Speaking to Billboard, Pudnik said:
I think we need to go away for a little bit, explains Pundik, who’s in the process of opening a tattoo shop in Nashville. We’ve been touring for a long time. I don’t think anybody’s in the headspace for writing a new record. We won’t go away completely; we’re still gonna be doing things here and there, probably some one-offs and things like that. But to be honest I don’t think we’ll have anything new out until 2014. But, Pundik adds, he’s not worried about the band members straying apart during any kind of hiatus.
To be honest, it’s easy to see this from both sides, however as guitarist Chad Gilbert points out, Pundik never used the word hiatus, and Gilbert says the entire thing has been a misunderstanding. At most he says, they’ll be taking six months off.
When bands break up, it’s usually with a shout, a big announcement, or a farewell note. But when bands enter the shady and undefined realm of the “indefinite hiatus,” they usually do so with a nothing more than a quiet murmur. In a recent interview with CityArtsOnline, Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, the guitarist of The Mars Volta and former member of seminal post-hardcore outfit At The Drive-In, responded to a question regarding The Mars Volta’s hiatus with the type of uncertain language characteristic of bands who have entered the liminal space of their lifespans. When asked about the current status of the band, Rodriguez-Lopez responded:
It looks like the Foo Fighters will finally be making their way back home. Was that a really bad Learn To Fly joke? Probably. Unfortunately, the Foo Fighters hiatus is no joke. The rumors, which have been circulating since Saturday’s performance at the Global Citizens Festival in NY, were confirmed on the band’s Facebook Page. You can read the letter in full below. (more…)