Fifth Harmony announce hiatus

In a not-so-surprising move, pop group Fifth Harmony have announced that they will officially be going on hiatus. On Monday (March 19), the four-piece officially made the announcement on social media, thanking their longtime fans (Harmonizers), reflecting on their time together, and explaining that they will each be concentrating on their solo careers.

“After six years going hard, non stop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors,” they wrote in a joint statement.

As the letter explains, each of the four members have been working hard on their solo careers. Last month, Normani Kordei released a single with Khalid titled “Love Lies” while Ally Brooke released a song titled “Perfect” with Topic and last week announced she had signed as a solo artist with Larry Rudolph who currently manages Fifth Harmony and Britney Spears.

Lauren Jauregui has been providing guest vocals on several songs including Halsey’s “Strangers” and Steve Aoki’s “All Night” while Dinah Jane Hansen appeared on “Boom Boom” which features Daddy Yankee, French Montana, and RedOne.

While hiatus is a bad word for a fan of anything, Fifth Harmony’s letter leaves a possible reunion very likely.

“We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find out footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”

Currently, the act has only three tour dates on their website; one in Florida, one in Puerto Rico, and one in Iceland.

For some fans of the group, the writing of their inevitable disbandment was already on the wall. Back in December of 2016, founding member Camila Cabello left the band to pursue a solo career. So far, her debut album has been doing well on the charts which has resulted in her securing an opening spot on Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour.

Fifth Harmony formed in 2012 when they appeared on the United States’ version of the hit British television show, The X-Factor. The group released a total of three studio albums, a slew of singles, and have won many awards.

HIM announces disbandment with farewell tour dates

After a quarter of a century performing on stages together, HIM has announced that 2017 will be their last time. On Sunday (March 5), the Finnish band released a statement to fans, revealing the heartbreaking news for those who have followed them during the course of their 26-year career.

“After quarter of a century of love and metal intertwined, we sincerely feel HIM has run its unnatural course and adieus must be said in order to make way for sights, scents and sounds yet unexplored,” writes frontman Ville Valo in the group’s joint statement to fans. “We completed the pattern, solved the puzzle and turned the key. Thank you.”

Whenever a band decides to disband, there is always a chance that the statement they release is the end. For HIM, the group has decided to give fans one last world tour before putting the band to rest. HIM’s farewell tour will kick off in June and end sometime in December. Currently, the band has only released the dates for the European leg of the tour which will include stops in Spain, Portugal, Russia, Germany, the Czech Republic, Holland, England, and of course their home country to Finland.

“At the end of 2017, we will be released into the wild,” writes bassists Mikko “Mige” Paananen in a press statement. “Before this event of great transformation we would love to offer you one last chance to experience our live performances in His Majesty’s service. It shall not be a weepfest but a celebration of love metal in all its lovecraftian glory!”

While at the moment there doesn’t seem to be any North American stops, the band did confirm that those dates will be revealed in the near future. Tickets for all the shows will go on sale beginning this Wednesday, March 8 at 9 a.m. local time.

HIM’s career has been a lengthy one. The group has released a total of eight studio album as well as six compilations, many of which have gone either gold or platinum. In 2013, the band released their eighth and final album, Tears on Tape via Razor & Tie/Universal Records. For now, the current list of upcoming farewell tour dates can be seen below.

HIM FAREWELL TOUR DATES:

June 14 – Barcelona, Spain @ Razzamatazz

June 15 – Madrid, Spain @ La Riviera

June 16 – Santander, Spain @ Sala Escenario

June 17 – Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club

July 1 – Helsinki, Finland @ Tuska Festival

July 13 – Tuuri, Finland @ Milljoonaorck

Nov. 24 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ DK Lensoverta

Nov. 25 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ DK Lensoverta

Nov. 26 – Moscow, Russia @ Club Stadium Live

Nov. 28 – Warsaw, Poland @ Stodola

Nov. 29 – Hamburg, Germany @ Docks

Dec. 1 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle

Dec. 02 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Forum Karlin

Dec. 04 – Leipzig, Germany @ Haus Auensee

Dec. 05 – Munchen, Germany @ Tonhalle

Dec. 06 – Zurich, Switzerland @ X-tra

Dec. 07 – Milan, Italy @ Alcatraz

Dec. 08 – Koln, Germany @ Palladium

Dec. 09 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxemburg @ Rockhal

Dec. 11 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso

Dec. 12 – Tilburg, Holland @ 013

Dec. 14 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland

Dec. 15 – Nottingham, England @ Rock City

Dec. 16 – Manchester, England @ Academy

Dec. 17 – London, England @ Roundhouse

For Today announce disbandment, massive final tour

Fans of For Today have been given saddening news; the metalcore band will be disbanding. On Tuesday (July 5), the Iowa-based band announced that after 11 years together, they will be breaking up. In a joint statement by the band, they reveal the news, assuring fans that the band members will remain best friends. Unlike with a lot of bands, they tell fans that there are no behind-the-scenes drama that forced this outcome, but that it was the best decision for them.

While the news of the disbandment is heartbreaking for those who follow the group, there is one silver lining; a final tour. In addition to the statement, they also revealed a lengthy final tour which will find the group performing in North America, South America, and Europe. As of now, the band has released the list of tour dates and the cities where the shows will happen, but not the venues. For now, you can read the band’s full statement below as well as the poster for their final tour.

“After over 11 years as a band, six full-length albums and one EP, we have decided to make 2016 the last year of For Today.

When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple times. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we’ve spent making music and touring. We met our wives, had kids, and relocated to different states because of For Today.

It’s been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There’s no behind-the-scenes drama happening or disagreements between band members. We’re all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over.

We want to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially the fans who have kept us going for so many years. That’s why we’re excited to announce that we’re doing an extensive farewell tour, hitting all our favorite cities in the country, as well as some international dates.

Come hang out with us one last time and let’s make these last shows some that we’ll never forget!”

For Today released their sixth studio (and final) album, Wake, in the fall of 2015.

New merchandise tease end of Brand New

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The Brand New news keeps on trickling in little by little. Last week, the band’s record label, Procrastinate! Music Traitors, all but confirmed the official release of the band’s highly-anticipated new album. That post from the label came a week after the band unleashed their latest single, “I Am a Nightmare” to an unsuspecting public. Now, it looks like the “inevitable breakup” that frontman Jesse Lacey spoke about in 2015 has gotten a time frame.

On Thursday (June 2), the band sneakily uploaded several new shirts onto their website. The new shirts all contain the band’s name as well as “2000-2018.” For fans of the band, seeing the 2000 is common sense since it’s the year the Long Island-based band was formed. The 2018, on the other hand, is probably the year that they did not want to come; the year the band call it a day. But while it seems heartbreaking and earth-shattering to longtime fans of the band, it’s a good time to point out that we are only halfway through 2016, meaning there is still a total of 18 months until then. Check out one of the new shirts below while the rest can be seen on their website here.

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While there does seem to be an expiration dates for Brand New, everyone should just enjoy the fact that there is a new album in the near future while their summer tour with Modest Mouse which will officially kick off on Saturday, June 4, at Union Hall in Edmonton, AB. Tonight, Brand New will perform at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, BC.

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

Transit Announce Disbandment

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After ten years of being together, Transit has announced their disbandment. On Monday (Feb. 29), the Massachusetts-based band released a statement to fans advising them of their split. In the letter they write that they have decided to close “this current chapter on Transit” to “direct our energy into other aspects of our lives.” But it doesn’t seem like there is any bad blood between the soon-to-be former band mates. “As for us as individuals, we will always love each other and the records we wrote together,” they write about the impending split.

Before officially calling it a day on the group, they did announce plans to close out the chapter of the band with a couple of final shows. Their final mini tour will find them sticking to the Northeastern part of the United States with show in New York, Philadelphia, Connecticut and of course Massachusetts. Read the band’s full statement below and check out the list of final tour dates after that.

“A letter to all who have shed blood, sweat, and tears with us over the last decade:

After ten years of writing, recording, and living on the road, it is time for us to close this current chapter on Transit, as we have decided to direct our energy into other aspects of our lives.

Since 2006 we’ve been given the incredible opportunity of sharing our music with the world, performing in over 14 different countries, and circling our own countless times.

Through all the ups and downs we have witnessed a side of humanity so caring and sincere that we now see the world in a vivid and magnificent light.

As for us as individuals, we will always love each other and the records we wrote together. We love all of you for lending an ear and losing your voices with us.

We will always be able to say that we had the best fans a band could possibly ask for. When we think about the road we’ll see all the faces and friends fly by in one big warm blur. Your stories and kind words helped push us along more than you may ever know.

April 21st to April 26th we will be performing an array of mixed songs from over the years at our final shows as a band. We have chosen some of our favorite intimate clubs to put this to rest at.

We never expected a few basement show to turn into ten years of traveling the world, playing the songs we love. For that we will always be forever grateful. We love you all and thank you.

Nothing lasts forever.
Goodbye.

Daniel, Joseph, Brandon, PJ, Torre
-Transit”

TRANSIT FINAL DATES:

Apr 21 – New York, NY – The Studio @ Webster Hall
Apr 22 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore
Apr 23 – Amityville, NY – Amityville Music Hall
Apr 24 – Hamden, CT – The Space
Apr 26 – Cambridge, MA  – The Sinclair

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”