It seems that over the past few days far too many bands have announced what every fann fears; going on hiatus. The latest band to take the plunge into musical uncertainty is popular indie punks Bomb The Music Industry!.
Well known around the DIY scene, BTMI! have always been known for their strong punk ethics and hard work. Following the band’s upcoming tour dates, which can be viewed here, the band will be focusing more on their lives outside of playing in a band and trying to find anything to provide them with “full-time” joy.
While this news is obviously sad for any fan of the band, Bomb The Music Industry! have released a new song called “80′s Through The 50′s” to help ease the pain. Hit the jump to view the entire farewell statement and give the new song a spin here.
HERE COME THE WATERWORKS…
This is a weird thing to write that I don’t want to write. But it was agreed on that it would be “mean” if I didn’t… I’ve been putting it off all day, and now that the record collection is alphabetized, all mail-order is done, and my groceries are color-coded seems like I gotta do it. (EDIT: I even waited a full day before posting this. oh boy.)
There’s a very very good chance this upcoming US tour is going to be our last time coming through most of these cities. We all still love each other and love playing music together. There’s no weird rifts or anything. To put it simply, the 9 – 10 months or our lives when we are not playing music are not fantastic. To put it complicatedly, those months are weird vortexes (vortices?) of time where we float in between weird jobs that further us in very little ways as human beings aside from you know, the thrill delivering ten sheets of plexi to celebrity photo shoots (glamorous!) or the satisfaction of doing sound for another Green Day cover band (very glamorous!)… it seems like it’s just time to see if there’s anything out there that can provide us with full-time joy instead of part-time joy.
Keep in mind that Bomb the Music Industry! was never really supposed to be a touring band that put out records, had a steady line-up, made money off of anything, continued anywhere outside of our houses. If it weren’t for the incredibly kind, warm and VERY VERY ENTHUSIASTIC people who have come to see us over the years, we probably would have never really given a shot at touring or playing shows outside of the northeast. And as an added bonus, we’ve met like, all of our best friends scrambling around the country in a van. It’s pretty neat that if we ever feel like running away from all of our problems here in New York and flee to Montana or something, we can call up Grant and go “yo, what’s up, let me crash tonight?” And as a triple-double bonus, the last year or so we’ve made enough money off of this for it to pay a portion of our bills. Didn’t see that coming.
So I guess what I’m saying is words cannot express the gratitude we have for everyone who has helped us out over the years. Big sweaty thanks to everyone.
Also keep in mind that things change. I don’t want anyone to think this is some kinda hoax to get people to see us on this trip or whatever, especially if we end up coming back through your town. We are beautiful complicated fucking snowflakes that blow wherever the wind takes us and you better fucking respect that shit, maaaan. That means we get to take this back if we wanna. Million-Day Return Policy. No questions asked.
Also, there’s still a bunch of things we’d like to do and we’re gonna do our best to do ‘em. Hopefully get to some weird countries we’ve never been to, things like that. I also think we’re making a hardcore record in September. Just look at this as a little heads up that this may be our last lap, and it might be a serious minute ‘til we come back to the track.
And just so this isn’t all bad news for Bomb the Music Industry! listeners (and great news for people who’s friends like us, but they can’t stand us at all but their friends just like, keep putting it on and they’re like “change the record please i’m dyinnnnnnnng”) here is a new song/demo/whatever I finished up a month or two ago. It’s called “80’s Through the 50’s.” Enjoy, see ya in the weird world.
— Jeff / John / Matt / Mike / Tom