Major He Said/He Said Going on In the Blink-182 Camp

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We all know that blink-182 and its members have their issues, but for once we though that all the drama had been put behind them so that they could work on a new album, peacefully.

So much for that.

Earlier in the day, it was revealed that blink-182 would be performing at the 8th Annual Musink Festival in California; a big deal for drummer Travis Barker who would be curating the artists for the second year. When the official flyer was revealed, fans were quick to notice that blink-182 were listed, but right under their band name it said “with Matt Skiba.” (Matt Skiba is the vocalist/guitarist for Alkaline Trio.)

Almost as quick as that flyer was posted, fans began to speculate that frontman Tom DeLonge had once again left the band and the band would soon after confirm that with a long statement in which they reveal that DeLonge’s manger contacted them claiming that DeLonge no longer wanted to participate in any blink endeavors, including a new album and this festival.

Check out the “alleged” statement from the band.

“Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio will join Blink-182 in replacement of Tom DeLonge at the 8th annual Music and Tattoo festival.  

“We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason. A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.”

Travis Barker and Mark Hoppus plan to honor all Blink-182 commitments including the Musink Festival and are excited to have singer/guitarist Matt Skiba join them for this project.  

“No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans.”

Additionally, Skiba will continue to make new music and tour with the Alkaline Trio.”

But now that this has hit the web, DeLonge has gone ahead and rebutted the statement from the band claiming that he had quit the band.

He reveals that he was actually in the middle of a phone conference about a blink show in New York when the news started to pour in that he reportedly left the band. He went directly to Instagram and posted his own statement, which can be read below, about this.

“To all the fans, I never quit the band. I actually was on a phone call about a blink 182 event for New York City at the time all these weird press releases started coming in… Apparently those releases were ‘sanctioned’ from the band. Are we dysfunctional- yes. But, Christ….. #Awkward #BabyBackRibs”

Now, we will admit that each member of the band has their own faults, especially DeLonge, but if they continue to go this way, we’re pretty sure this new album they’ve been trying to work on for months is never going to get done and an inevitable split is on the horizon.

And no, we don’t mean split like “we’ll be going on a hiatus; we’ll be back in ten years.”

There for Tomorrow Call It a Day

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It’s been about a month since There for Tomorrow released their latest EP, Nightscape, but the band have announced some sad news; they are splitting up.

In a post on Facebook to fans, the band reveal that have decided to call it a day on the band. In the message, they reveal how they took a break from music to try to find themselves, individually, and managed to realize they had been pigeon-holed and put into a spit they never thought would happen.

But, that’s doesn’t mean the band’s goodbye will be the letter they posted to their “friends and family.” The band have decided to say goodbye the only way they know how with two final shows in their hometown of Orlando next month. All information can be found on their Facebook page while the full letter can be read below.

“Dear TFT Fans, Friends & Family,

It’s been no mystery that we’ve made a conscious effort to take time off from traveling since the end of 2012. It was essential for us to come home & take time to find ourselves as individuals. When this all started, we set out on a mission as mere kids. We reached a point at the end of 2012 where we found ourselves feeling a bit trapped creatively, pigeon-holed & painted into a corner that we never anticipated to be in. This band & the music we’ve made over the past decade has never been compromised or forced. It has bonded us with so many thousands of die-hard passionate music lovers that we are so lucky to call fans. It has landed us opportunities to work hand-in-hand with world class talent. The experiences we’ve been so fortunate to have with taking our music around the world has opened so many doors for us as people & for our careers. 

It is now the time in our lives that we must go on & discover these new doors that have opened for each of us. The legacy of There For Tomorrow & the message we always wanted to portray will undoubtedly live with us all forever. There is so much to come in the future for all of us & for us as eager people, we have to explore. There’s no telling what might happen down the road, but for now we created the new ‘Nightscape EP’ as an ode to all of our caring friends & followers. It’s another piece of the puzzle that will last a lifetime. 

We chose to play 2 last shows in our hometown Orlando, the birthplace of TFT next month. If it is within reason, please make an effort to come out so we can thank you personally. We dearly love & cherish all of you who have poured time into what we’ve done since we were little bowl-cut headed Orlando boys. No heavy hearts, no weary minds, just celebration!

TFT / THE SOCIAL / ORLANDO:
December 19th • ow.ly/Dt1Qe 
December 20th • ow.ly/Dt1Qf

With all the love,

Maika Maile, Jay Enriquez, Christian Climer & Chris Kamrada”

Abandon All Ships Call It a Day

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After eight years of being a band, Abandon All Ships have announced that the band will be splitting up.

In a statement released by the band, they reveal that they are thankful for all the support from the fans through all the up and downs that the band have been through.

The Canadian band did reveal that they split amicably and there are no hard feelings or drama behind their decision to call it a day on the group. Fans of the band will be able to see them perform one more time in their hometown of Toronto in September.

Read the band’s statement below.

We’d like to start this off with a thank you. Thank you to our fans, friends, and family for the last 8 years. After many ups and downs, good times and bad, it’s time that Abandon All Ships comes to an end. There’s no hard feelings or inner turmoil, it’s just time that we all move on to the next chapter of our lives. 

We’d also like to say thank you to Velocity/Rise Records, The Agency Group, Avocado Booking, Redfield Records, Go With Me Records, Underground Operations, and our management teams at Artery Foundation & Cloud Empire. Without you, this could have never happened. 

We’ll be playing one last show in our hometown (Toronto, Ontario. Canada) on Sept 25th. We hope you can make it.

Chris Walla Leaves Death Cab for Cutie After 17 Years

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After 17 years in Death Cab For Cutie, Chris Walla has announced that he will be leaving the band following their run of festival dates. The last official show for the guitarist will be the band’s headlining gig at Rifflandia in Victoria, British Columbia.

In a blog post on SLOG Music, Walla write, “I will miss being a quarter of this band and will support whatever course Death Cab for Cutie chooses from here.”

“I am profoundly grateful for Ben, Nick and Jason for the experiences that define my adult life. Truly grateful beyond words. Thank you.”

In the rest of his release, he states the typical reason for leaving a band; the urge to explore “the unknown.”

“Deciding to leave the band was not and is not, easy,” he said. “It’s really, really sad. I love my bandmates and I’m proud of what we’ve done and mercifully, those things don’t change with my departure. Moving forward, my plans are simply to continue making music, producing records, and erring on the side of benevolence and beauty whenever possible. Darkness may find me, but I shall never choose it.”

Walla had a big role in the band including producing the band’s past seven albums as well as playing a slew of instruments including the guitar and keyboards on many of their tracks.

The departure of Walla comes on the heels of the band finishing up their yet-to-be-titled eight studio album . The new record is expected to be released in early 2015 with tons of touring to help promote the record. No word on whether the band will be bringing someone in to replace Walla for the “extensive tour” they have planned for next year.

Smalls Member Leaves Band Due to Homophobia

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We all know homophobia is a big issue in the world at the moment and no matter what your stance on the matter, people should be accepted for who they are.

Sadly, majority of the time that’s not the case. It’s one thing to be looked and talked down to by strangers, but what happens when people who are supposed to be your friends do that to you?

That is the case with Ashley Cadwallader from a band named Smalls. Last night, Cadwaller quit the band after the homophobia within the group reached an all time high with members accusing her or being a “poser” and that she was riding the coattails of the latest trend of “being gay is cool.”

Oh yeah, did we also mention one of the members throwing insults is her ex-boyfriend?

Check out the full statement from someone close to the situation below.

As it has come out, my best friend, Ashley Cadwallader has quit her band Smalls tonight after her Long Island show.

Ashley has talked to me the past two months about this tour, often worried that things wouldn’t go as well as she’d hope after her coming out as gay to her friends, family, and bandmates. One bandmate being her ex. At points she was done, she was going to get up and quit the band because she just couldn’t do it because she was so upset at how her ex was treating her after the break up because he just couldn’t believe she was gay. I told her many times that things would be okay, that she has an amazing opportunity getting to do this tour with two really great and talented bands, and that she should try and stick it out. Ashley took my advice and went on the tour and has toughed it out the past two and a half weeks across the US.

All this made me question the advice I had given my friend. I would often get frantic phone calls in the middle of the night with her on the other end saying she was done, but I continued to tell her to keep going at least until she got out East.

Lots of people, even today, have to shelter the fact that they are gay. Often times by making themselves be in unhappy relationships in order to not lose the people close to them. It’s an incredibly hard step for many and to be told you’re not really gay and just confused is a huge slap in the face of the person that has come out. The same argument that is often used by religious fundamentalists is what was used against Ashley. Being told that you’re just confused about being gay just so someone can keep you around for their own selfish reasons is completely wrong. Even one of Ashley’s bandmates called Ashley’s current girlfriend an “experiment” as well as calling two non-heterosexuals in my band “poser gay.”

If you planned on going to one of the last dates of the current tour, please still do so as our good, good friends in On My Honor (who are one of my favorite pop punk bands and all around amazing musicians) are still playing and could use the support.