Bands may come and go like seasons change, but lately I’ve noticed an influx of break-up announcements. It’s almost a trendy thing now to notify the world that you are officially finished with your musical endeavors with a particular band. Bands never used to do this much. They’d just fade away for a while and then turn the light back on when they saw fit. Now if it’s just not working for anyone involved on a musical level or you have nothing more to say, then sure, break up. If everyone hates each other, break up. If writing, recording and performing just one more song makes you wish you’d poked your eyes out with an icepick while farting backwards over vomiting, sobbing babies, then yes - break up.
But the idea that calling it a day on the grounds that you can’t make your band what exclusively pays your bills doesn’t sit right with me.
In the past few years, I’ve felt that if you can still touch lives, if you can still reach others in a way that changes them, if you are fulfilled and find a reason for living through your music, then why stop purely because it may not continue in the same exact capacity as it once did? You can still make it your crusade to reach people, to make a difference in other lives and to put all of who you are out into the world.
So when I read how Story of the Year plans to continue on as a band today, I felt “Someone finally gets it”. This is exactly the way BTATS has been approaching our endeavors for the past couple of years. If we never make a cent but can reach people, we will have accomplished a great deal. In fact, we’re lucky enough to have many people tell us that we’ve already done exactly this for them and that is one force that’s been keeping us going. There’s still so much that we want to accomplish and so much we have left to say and so many more people to reach. I’m pretty sure it will always be that way.
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