Motion City Soundtrack announces indefinite hiatus

No guys, everything isn’t alright.

After being a band for almost 20 years, Motion City Soundtrack has announced that they will be breaking up. On Friday (March 11), the Minnesota-based band took to social media to announce the heartbreaking news. Their post on Twitter simply had the words “So Long, Farewell” and a link to a website. The link was a direct passage to the band’s Tumblr account which featured a letter to fans about the break up.

In the letter, they revealed that the plan to break up came after wrapping up their busy touring schedule late last year in support of 2015’s Panic Stations. In that time, they thought about the direction of the band and always came to the same conclusion; they weren’t sure in what direction the band was going. Instead of latching on in hopes of eventually figuring that question out, they decided it would be better to call it a day.

But instead of leaving their fans sad about the hiatus, Motion City did announce that they will head out on one final tour. “If you’ve ever been touched by our music, we ask you to come out and sing along with us one last time in 2016,” the band writes. Those final, upcoming tour dates will reportedly be announced this Monday, March 14. For now, you can read the band’s letter and in honor of their hiatus, watch the music video for “Everything is Alright.”

Hello, friends.

It has been a quiet winter for us. We’ve had some time at home after a very busy 2015. With this time, we’ve been able to think about the past, present, and future of Motion City Soundtrack. All of this thinking has led to several conversations, and these conversations have led us to a very bittersweet realization:

We have no idea what the future holds, but for now we are done.

Needless to say, we’re feeling all the feels – you may be as well. If so, or if you’ve ever been touched by our music, we ask you to come out and sing along with us one last time in 2016.

Please stay tuned for a very special final tour announcement on Monday. You can sign up to our email list HERE to be the first to hear the news. We really hope to see each and every one of you out there one more time.

Thanks for all the love over the years. It really means a lot to us – and it always will.

Josh, Justin, Jesse, Matt, and Tony

Members of Emmure Leave Band, Form New Group

Over a decade after their inception, Emmure is down to one band member. On Tuesday evening (Dec. 22), news broke that all the members of the metalcore band had left the group with only frontman Frankie Palmeri remaining. At the time of the announcement, there was no reason given as to why four out of the five members, which include bassist Mark Davis, guitarist Jesse Ketive, guitarist Mike Mulholland, and drummer Adam Pierce, left abruptly.

In an interview with Alternative Press shortly after the news was made public, Davis revealed the real reason and when the actual decision to bow out of the group was made. “The four of us made the decision to leave the band pretty much immediately after finishing our set on September 9 in Russia,” Davis begins. “It was our first string of shows back (Ghostfest in Leeds, and two headlining shows in Russia) since taking most of spring and all of summer off to allow Frankie’s vocal cords to heal, which he injured during the ‘Stronger Than Faith Tour.’ We all expected to come back to a refreshed, productive and positive work environment, but that was not the case.”

“We had no plans to ‘dismantle’ prior to actually doing it,” Davis admits. “We did, however, have plans for a new album and new label. After Russia, we were supposed to go to Japan for shows, and then come back home and get to work. Since then, we’ve just been waiting for the announcement to happen so that we can move on with our lives and our careers in music.”

But being bandless didn’t last very long. According to Davis, Ketive, Mulholland, Pierce, and himself already have plans to create a new band and put out music through that venture. The idea is very similar to what the remaining members of Lostprophets did when they joined forces with Geoff Rickly to create No Devotion.

“[We] are currently working on material for an un-named/un-fronted project. It is in the early stages but progressing quickly, and we will be ready to find a singer to fit the sound of the band soon. And as far as the sound goes, it’s still going to be us playing our instruments the way that we love to, but in a new, refreshed environment.”

Back in October, the band was scheduled to go on tour with All That Remains and We Came as Romans on the “Hardrive Live Fallout Tour.” Due to personal issues, the band dropped off the tour. Maybe this was the personal issues that caused the withdraw from the tour. Emmure’s last studio album was 2014’s Eternal Enemies which was released through Victory Records.

Cobra Starship Frontman Confirms End of Band

After (almost) a decade of being a band, electro-pop act Cobra Starship have officially announced they have broken up. On Tuesday (Nov. 10), a post on the band’s Twitter and Facebook page, confirmed the saddening news that the “Snakes on a Plane” group was disbanding. In a long post written on the band’s website, frontman Gabe Saporta reveals that he had made “the difficult decision to close the book on Cobra Starship.”

Instead of continuing on with the band and putting out mediocre music, the singer writes “I know that sometimes when things go on for too long, that magic can start to fade … And as hard as it is for all of us, I would rather close this chapter of our lives and be able to look back on it fondly than allow something that means so much to us stagnate.”

In an interview with Billboard that coincided with the announcement, Saporta explains his next project as well as if there is any possibilities of a farewell tour or if never-before-heard music might be released in the future. “I’m not opposed to doing farewell shows,” begins Saporta. “For me right now, we don’t want to release anything that we just had, and have it be half-assed… For me it’s like, do it one hundred percent, or don’t do it.”

But while Cobra Starship is no more, the former frontman explains that his future will feature a music-oriented business. Instead of being in front of the crowds like he was with Cobra and his former band Midtown, he will be helping the musicians on the backend. As uncovered in the interview, Saporta explained how a contract dispute featuring Midtown led him to managing other bands “in the scene” during that time.

“In the early days of Midtown, we got into a really bad contract dispute and couldn’t release anything. So I was just like, I’m going to manage bands and learn from the inside,” explains Saporta. “I managed this band [now-defunct] Armor For Sleep. When Midtown got out of its contract, I met Crush [Management], which was the management for Cobra and at the end of Midtown, too. The reason we went with Crush was because they took my assistant and they took Armor For Sleep. I couldn’t do [Cobra Starship and management] at once, but I still loved the business.”

For more on the interview with Saporta, head on over to Billboard’s website and for the complete, lengthy letter from Saporta on behalf of the rest of Cobra Starship, head on over here.

Cobra Starship’s last studio album was 2011’s Night Shades while their last new song was their joint track with Icona Pop, 2014’s “Never Been in Love.”

Foxy Shazam Go on Indefinite Hiatus

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Bad news for fans of Foxy Shazam; the Cincinnati-based band have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus.

The band who are known for their crazy antics on stage, posted a message to fans about the decision to go on an indefinite break.

“After more than ten years of our lives completely revolving around Foxy Shazam, it is time to disband for an unknown amount of time. Performing more than two thousand shows around the world has been life changing, but also has kept us from spending time with our families and pursuing our own passions and ways to grow individually.

It has been an honor sharing ourselves and our music with all of you. Thank you to all of our fans, family, and friends that have supported us through everything to make this previous decade the best times of our lives.

We truly believe there is a future fro Foxy Shazam, that our best art is yet to come. We don;t know how long this will take but we plan on someday returning more powerful than ever.

-Foxy Shazam”

Foxy Shazam released their last album Gonzo back in April. News of the “temporary” disbandment comes four days before they were slated to kick off the next leg of their Gonzo tour at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Pittsburgh.

Hostage Calm Officially Break Up

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Yesterday’s announcement that Hostage Calm would not be continuing on Citizen’s current tour (Slingshot Dakota quickly replaced them on the bill) should have been the tip-off that something wasn’t right.

Not even a day after the news of them dropping off of the tour had been confirmed, the Connecticut based band had announced that they had disbanded.

In a message posted to fans on the band’s official Facebook page, they explain that there is some major heartache in the decision to call it a day. They tell fans that “it’s too soon, it’s too young, and it hurts too much” and all previously scheduled show have been cancelled.

“Hostage Calm has broken up. It’s too soon, it’s too young, and it hurts too much.

All planned shows are canceled. We are still figuring out if and when there will be any final shows.
I want to personally thank every one of you who supported us over the years. You shared so much more with us than you’ll ever know. From our music to our politics, you helped make a bunch of Wallingford kids’ foolish dreams a reality. It was the great privilege of our young lives.

To all of you who’ve connected with us, who’ve grown with us, who’ve loved, changed, cried, lived with us – and to all of you who will yet – Just know that we loved what we did, and we could never have done it alone. “I’ve been a hero, and I’ve been a fool. And all of it for you.”

Yours Forever,
Hostage Calm”

This news comes as a shock to many fans especially since they had just released their fourth studio album, Die on Stage not even a month ago (Sept. 16). This is usually when people who make some “died on stage” puns, but we might advise that you don’t.

The Dangerous Summer Officially Break Up

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After announcing this weekend that frontman AJ Perdomo has left the band, The Dangerous Summer have officially revealed that the band had broken up.

Once the announcement had been made by Perdomo explaining his decision to leave the band, Property of Zack managed to get an interview with guitarist Cody Payne asking whether the band would soldier on without Perdomo. At the time, Payne had said that they were waiting to see what would happen and that things have not been exactly perfect within the band.

Perdomo, in his letter to fans, had said that Payne was the one in charge of everything from the band itself to the bank accounts and funding. Payne rebutted the claim by saying that all members of the band were heard when it came to situations and all the members also had access to the band’s bank account.

Today, the remaining members of the band addressed the situation by releasing a statement that confirmed what fans had been assuming to be the most likely scenario for the remaining members.

Read the full statement below:

“Dearest Fans,

To keep you all informed (accurately and unbiased) we are here to let you all know what the real deal is with TDS. Yes we are no longer a band. We would like to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for letting us travel the world, create albums, and meet some of the coolest people and musicians on the planet.

Thank you for over 50,000 record sales and over 200,000 single sales and a fan base that blew our minds everytime we went on tour.

Sadly the day has come where AJ has decided to take up being a father and focusing on that aspect for his life.

As for future music Matt is planning to release a solo album and Cody has been forming a new band are both planning on releasing new albums sooner than later.

We have been selling our farewell “Albums” tshirt (which are almost sold out)http://dangeroussummer.bigcartel.com and next week will launch our ” THANK YOU FOR 8 YEARS” Photo / Memory book. Proceeds will go towards any remaining bills TDS may have and then split amongst the members and used to help record new music.
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Thank you all and please continue to listen and spread the love of The Dangerous Summer.

with love,

Matt, Cody, Ben”

 

Jonas Brothers Call It a Day

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Well, Jonas Brothers fans, we are sad to report that the brother band have officially called it quits.

Tensions had been brewing for the last month between the three members, but things look like it took a turn for the worse with the brothers officially calling it a day.

Originally, the brothers were supposed to head out on a new tour a few weeks back. Two days before the first tour stop, they cancelled the entire thing. At the time, there was no word on what caused the cancellation, but fans were assured it had nothing to do with older brother, Kevin’s wife being pregnant.

Later, it was revealed through their manager that there was a “deep rift” between the band concerning the direction that their new music would go.

Then, in a move that stunned a lot of fans and casual listeners, their Twitter account had been deactivated, fueling more rumors of the end was near for them. Last week, both Nick and Joe had both tweeted messages asking fans to give them some time, (Joe went with more of the let us get our s–t together approach).

Now, the end had finally fallen on the band as they revealed to People Magazine, who broke the initial story, that they have indeed disbanded.

“It’s over for now,” said Kevin to People.

“It was a unanimous decision,” added Joe.

Nick followed it up by saying, “It’s really hard to say ‘forever,’ we’re closing a chapter, for sure.”

The magazine also reported that things came to a head while they were in a business meeting on October 3. Nick voiced his concern about the direction that the band was going and their future.

“I was feeling kind of trapped; I needed to share my heart with my brothers.” he said.

For those not familiar, the band all started because of Nick who was already a Broadway performer by the time he was 7. He was shopping around demos at that time which featured his brothers on it.

But while Nick might have been the brains behind calling it a day, things had been spiraling out of control. Recently, rumors also began that middle brother, Joe, might be battling some of his own demon when he was seen hanging out with renowned addiction specialist Mike Bayer.

One question does remain, what’s going to happen to the Bonus Jonas?

The Go Radio Disbandment Soap Opera Continues

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What we thought was just a simple breakup story between Florida’s Go Radio has turned out to be a lot more messy and dramatic than the initial story went.

The last time we were updated about the drama surrounding the abrupt break up of the band, we saw frontman Jason Lancaster defending himself and his point of view on the matter following the letter two members of the band published on Facebook bout their break up. Lancaster took to his personal blog to explain what had happened, in his words following many personal attacks at him from “fans” (we use the term lightly here of the band.

In today’s edition of the soap opera that has become “The Disbandment of Go Radio,” Alex Reed and Steven Kopacz, the two who wrote the original letter on Facebook claim that Lancaster cut off all communication with the band once Warped Tour had wrapped. The two former members were speaking with Alternative Press about what was going on when that piece of information was released.

According to Reed and Kopacz, there was a sinking feeling that the band was falling apart and then they heard that Lancaster was speaking with the band’s label, Fearless. They assumed it has something to do with Lancaster and a solo album, but to this day, they still don’t know the actual conversation.

Read a snippet from the actual interview below or the full thing at Alternative Press’ website.

Jason also went on to say that he didn’t know the statement was coming out. He said he was completely taken by surprise when the statement was released. Why was everyone not in the loop?
REED: Once Warped Tour had come to an end, he flew home, and we hadn’t heard a word from him—our management hadn’t, nobody. Jason has been living in Orlando with his wife for some time now. There was literally no communication at all between the three of us and him. You know, I think it’s kind of human nature when something like this ends to step back a little bit and kind of let it breathe. Like, we were never told that Fearless was ever informed [that we were breaking up]. We had to hear from our management that our record label already knew. That was a big surprise. I mean, we were taken aback by that; in a sense of why weren’t we involved in the conversation with Fearless? To this day, none of us have any clue what that conversation [between Lancaster and Fearless] entailed. It goes even further [when we] catch an Instagram post that all of a sudden he’s doing a solo song on a Fearless comp.

Once Warped Tour was done, our team came apart. Everybody moved on. So at this point, it’s just the three of us—and him in Orlando. The band’s over; we all wanna move forward with our careers, whichever way those careers go. And, you can’t do that if there’s still this anchor and this stigma that we’re all in this band together. You want to bring light to the situation, so I’m sure that’s what was going through his head. He wanted to get some closure, so he went ahead and called the label. With this, we hadn’t heard anything; we contacted certain people and never got a response. So, when we were thinking about posting it, Matt [Poulos, bassist] wasn’t even really there. We told him right before we posted it. He looked over it really quick and we just went through with it. Steve and I are really trying to move on and move forward and get the next thing going. In a musician’s world, if you take too much time off, it gets kind of scary; you disappear. There was no malicious statement behind that. My perspective on it was he was handling his things, in Orlando, by having his own personal conversations with the label and starting his own solo project, from what I can tell. But none of that was communicated with us, so I just saw that as him moving forward, and that made us feel comfortable to announce it.

The Go Radio Break Up Chronicles Continue

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Apparently the break up of Go Radio was a lot more deep than what fans had been led to believe.

When news broke this past Sunday that Florida-based band, Go Radio, had decided to break up, fans were more than heartbroken and couldn’t understand where it had come from. Members of the band took to Facebook to release a long statement which said that it had to do with frontman, Jason Lancaster’s desire to spend more time with his family; completely understandable.

Since the letter made its way online, Lancaster has taken to the web several times to speak about the break up. Yesterday, he was a guest on The Gunz Show where he discussed the break up (audio can be heard here). Today, Lancaster has taken to his blog to tell his side of the story and it’s starting to look like the break up was less than civil.

Some of the post can be read below, but read the full statement, check it out on Lancaster’s blog.

I’ll jump to the chase and tell you that I am deeply offended but the idea going around that my love Dee had anything to do with my departure from the band. She, in fact, was the only one to ask me to stay. We had so many talks where I would tell her how I was feeling, we would pray together, and I would leave again to let her fend for herself and smile while she did it. She was nothing but absolutely supportive of my career and never ONCE asked me to leave. 

There are people out there who are spreading vicious rumors about my life with her, and calling us both names. To those people, I ask you to stop before it gets out of hand. You will not face only me, but God with the words you say and spread. Rumors are harsh and counter productive and will only lead to pain and hurt for the both of us. Even if you don’t believe, you should respect the decision I’ve made and keep your worst words to yourselves. 

Things with Go Radio were not good for me. You may call me selfish or whatnot and that is your right, but you must respect my right to see what is best for my life,  and make my own decisions as to where that leads me. I’m not stranding anyone. I’m making music and I’m loving life. If you now, or have ever, loved or appreciated me in any way I ask you to respect that.

Go Radio Have Broken Up

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After being a band for seven years and four albums later, Go Radio announced late last night that the band have disbanded. In a lengthy post on the band’s official Facebook,  members Alex Reed and Steven Kopacz wrote about what had happened and what led to their decision to call it a day on the band. One of the biggest factors, they explained, was that Go Radio frontman, Jason Lancaster’s priorities had changed and he wanted to spend more time with his family, an understandable decision, as they explained.

For now, the full Facebook post can be read below.

“It is with heavy hearts that after 7 years of making music and touring the world, Go Radio has come to an end. For some of you this comes as a huge shock and for our friends and family this will be a certain sense of closure. There is no easy way to write something like this so we won’t beat around the bush. 

Earlier this year Jason came to us with the news that he felt his time with Go Radio had come to an end. He felt a shift in priority to spend more time with his wife and retire from a life on the road. The decision to end this chapter was far from easy, but it simply would not be Go Radio without all four of us. Because of that, this decision is the right one.

The experiences, relationships, and memories we have shared are irreplaceable. You, the fans, have had our backs from day one and we could not be more grateful for what you enabled us to accomplish. You’ve given us a chance to travel the world and share our stories as you shared yours with us. We cannot thank you enough. We always strived to be the best band and friends we could be. To take the time to meet each and every one of you, talk to you, laugh with you, cry with you… we wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. Go Radio was not just a band, it became a worldwide family, a lifeboat for all of us to keep our heads above water in good times and bad. Music is immortal. What we’ve created will never die. We encourage you all to focus on the good as it significantly outweighs any sense of bad. 

As for the future… we will all be involved with music one way or another and will be active in letting you know what we’re up to.

You can catch Steven on the entire Vans Warped Tour Australia this fall playing drums with Anarbor at the following dates:

Nov. 29th – Brisbane, AU
Nov. 30th – Coffs Harbour, AU
Dec. 1st – Sydney, AU
Dec. 6th – Canberra, AU
Dec. 7th – Melbourne, AU
Dec. 8th – Adelaide, AU

You can see Alex on the entire Glamour Kills Tour playing guitar for Stages and Stereos at the following dates:

10/11 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/12 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/13 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/15 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/16 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/17 New York City, NY @ Best Buy Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/18 Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/19 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/20 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/22 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/24 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/26 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/27 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/29 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/30 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
10/31 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/1 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/2 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/4 Denver, CO @ The Summit (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/7 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/8 Vancouver, BC @ The Rio (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/9 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/11 San Francisco @ Slims (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/12 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/13 Los Angeles @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/14 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/15 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/16 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock on The Strip (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/17 Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/19 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/20 Houston, TX @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/26 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theatre (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/27 Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/29 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues (Glamour Kills Tour) 
11/30 Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution (Glamour Kills Tour)

We love you all and look forward to your continuing support and seeing you all in the future!”