Motion City Soundtrack Announce Disbandment

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Well, this came out of nowhere. This morning, Motion City Soundtrack posted a new blog to their website announcing their disbandment and forthcoming farewell tour. You can read the write-up from the band below:

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 lead to several conversations, and these conversations have lead 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

It’s a shocking announcement, coming just six months after the release of their latest album, Panic Stations. The band will be sorely missed – but there will certainly be excitement surrounding their upcoming farewell tour.

Share your reactions or some of your favorite MCS stories in the comments.

Posted by Kiel Hauck

Man Overboard – Why the Best of Blink-182 May Be On Its Way

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Let’s face it – it’s been a rough week. The news of Tom DeLonge’s ejection from Blink-182 hit everyone as an absolute shock, and no one apparently more than Tom himself. More bits of information are coming out every day, and at the moment, it’s turning into a ‘he said she said’ situation with Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker giving us glimpses into the decision, and Tom responding in weird ways that display his disbelief at the announcement.

This is big. One thing to come out of this is that the fans of one of the most beloved pop punk bands in history are losing their goddamned minds. From the social media posts I’ve seen, supporters of Tom suggest that Blink-182 should call it quits, as it just won’t be the same without him. Supporters of Mark and Travis seem to think that this is how it should be and are more or less attacking and blaming Tom entirely for the trouble.

But I don’t think it will all be bad.

Right now, it sucks. It’s going to be a terrible spectacle for a while, but it will start to turn around. It’s a lot like a divorce in that it’s just a mess right now, but give it a year and everyone will be doing okay – perhaps even better. Mark and Travis claimed that they believe Tom didn’t want to be a part of Blink-182 and seemed disinterested. I tend to agree with this because of one fact: I’ve seen them play live a few times since their reunion.

I can’t speak for how Tom acted in the band’s prime or for every show after their reunion. But I did see them in Indianapolis on their initial reunion tour and at Riot Fest two years ago. Mark and Travis nearly burst with energy on the stage, especially Mark as he skipped from end to end. Tom stood motionless for most of the show and repeatedly forgot lyrics and messed up playing the guitar. Even at Riot Fest, three years after the first time I’d seen them, he still played messily.

From the interviews given, Mark and Travis seem to be desperate to play and write more material for Blink-182. Unlike Tom, this is their main project and it seems apparent that they’re ready to go. If you’ve ever had a friend that you find yourself constantly having to appease in order to do anything, you can understand that dilemma on Mark and Travis’s side and how liberating it is to finally be free of that baggage. This is one of the things that I feel validates their arguments.

Everyone loves Blink-182. Their music is a staple to the pop punk genre, but Tom DeLonge doesn’t really play that style of music anymore. Angels & Airwaves is vastly different, his writing has drifted away from the genre to the point that even the last Blink-182 album sounded more like a modded Angels & Airwaves album. I’ve always felt that Tom is like a George Lucas figure; he helped create something amazing, but maybe he can’t see it for what it is anymore. After all, they are men in their forties playing songs to teens.

Bringing in Matt Skiba is a good start. Even if he isn’t a permanent member, having new blood will give a boost to the band. Everyone who plays pop punk dreams of being Blink-182. If every new album or tour features a new guitarist, or if Skiba becomes a permanent member, there’s a chance that they know how to play and write a Blink-182 song better than the actual band members.

Bands have long survived losing their main songwriters and singers. AC/DC survived Bon Scott, AFI survived replacing Mark Stopholese with Jade Puget, and New Found Glory have survived the departure of Steve Klein. It’s not the same, but it’s the type of thing to jump start a band who has seemed stunted even though they reformed six years ago.

Maybe it won’t be what the band was in their heyday, but if legends like Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker can’t bring the most out of a new guitarist, absolutely nothing will. Blink-182’s sound has been shifting since their Self-Titled in 2003, so a new guitarist’s style won’t be too much of a departure. Since Mark wrote a good amount of Blink’s back catalogue (“What’s My Age Again?”, “The Rock Show”, “Adam’s Song”), it’s not as if the entire writing chops of the band are gone. Some of the humor might even start to find its way back. It’s what the band needs after all of this.

While I hate that Tom wouldn’t be a part of it, it’s not like he’s down and out by any means. From an outside perspective, it has always seemed like he’s put much more attention towards Angels & Airwaves than Blink-182. Without the pressure of having to collaborate and write Blink on the side, A&A only stands to benefit from not having to split the attention. It’s horrible that he’s gone, but it might just be what he’s always wanted, since so much of his time has been exploring other mediums of art and new musical genres.

If anything, the worst aspect of this is that Tom has a lengthy history of being hard to work with and the method of delivery for the news really gave him the shaft. He’s definitely correct in that “there’s more to the story,” but he may have been too distracted by so many projects to see the trouble brewing. I doubt we’ll ever get to hear the full story behind everything, which directly blames Tom for the issues within the band. While I doubt this to be completely true, it does mirror a lot of the well known things that broke the band up in 2005.

This is all speculation, but I’m not worried. We’ve always known the inner Blink circle to be ‘dysfunctional,’ so I’m not too shocked by this week’s developments. I’m excited to see what both parties do artistically from here on out. Blink-182 are a foundation, and the next phase of their career is about to take a weird turn. Angels & Airwaves are a good band, and now there is a total freedom that Tom hasn’t had since his second album. It’s exciting and honest. If they can avoid writing songs bashing each other (such as +44’s “No, It Isn’t”), there’s a good chance we’re in for some incredibly exciting music in the next year or so.

by Kyle Schultz

kyle_catKyle Schultz is the Senior Editor at It’s All Dead and has worked as a gaming journalist at Structure Gaming. He lives in Chicago and yells at the rain on occasion. He also wants to play you in FIFA.

Anberlin to disband, release final album in 2014

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In shocking news, Florida rockers Anberlin have announced that the band will be breaking up in 2014 after releasing one final album (via Tooth & Nail Records) and embarking on a farewell tour. A video announcement from the band can be viewed below:

Anberlin came onto the scene in 2003 with their debut album Blueprints for the Black Market. Their career thus far has included six full length albums, including the 2007 classic Cities and their most recent release, Vital.

Regarded as one of the most talented and respected rock bands in the 2000s alternative rock scene, this comes as sad news to many. What are your thoughts? Tell us in the replies!

Posted by Kiel Hauck

4 broken-up bands we’re thankful we had

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Now that 2013 is hitting the home stretch, we thought we’d look back on some of the bands that decided to hang it up this year. Normally, this would be a time of mourning the loss of beloved acts, but instead, we’re choosing to reflect thankfully on the music they provided. Take a look at some of the best bands to say goodbye this year and feel free to tell us what broken-up band you’re thankful for.

My Chemical Romance

The My Chemical Romance break-up announcement earlier this year was sharp, unexpected and especially painful, since it seemed like the band had a lot of life left in them. Alas, that was not the case. Their final release of work, Conventional Weapons, was a collection of discarded songs that were originally recorded for what was to become Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. You can argue for the greatness of just about every album this band released, and they undoubtedly had an enormous impact on not only the scene, but rock music as a whole.

Underoath

Technically, Underoath announced their break-up late last year. However, their farewell tour took place in January of this year, so we’re saying it counts. A band that was truly a pioneer in the post-hardcore genre, Underoath had a knack for creating some of the most sonically intriguing heavy music of the past decade and surely influenced an entire wave of post-hardcore/metalcore bands that have come onto the scene in recent years. Their passion for excellence and their desire to break the mold set them apart and made them one of the most influential heavy bands this scene has known.

Go Radio

Go Radio was a wonderful project for all of the Mayday Parade fans who mourned the loss of Jason Lancaster. However, Lancaster managed to turn Go Radio into something much larger and grander than an offshoot of his old band. Instead, Go Radio would create some of the catchiest and well-made pop rock of the past few years. Their swan song, Close the Distance, is a blueprint of what catchy, intelligent pop rock should sound like and certainly should have resulted in the band’s accent to the top of the charts. Instead, the album passed many by and led to the band’s dissolution. The good news is that Lancaster is far from done making music. Let’s hope his fantastic songwriting carries over to his next project.

The Chariot

The Chariot never experienced the fame and draw that many heavy bands in this scene have garnered in the past decade, which is a real shame. The Georgia mathcore act was unrelenting, releasing five solid albums including 2010’s Long Live – a classic in the genre. The band’s wild live performance accompanied by Josh Scogin’s passionate and desperate roar set the band apart from many wannabe acts that cashed in on the metalcore extravaganza of the late aughts. The Chariot blazed a trail of technical, thoughtful hardcore music that cuts to the core and creates a sonic atmosphere far deeper than what you might expect.

by Kiel Hauck

kiel_hauckKiel Hauck is the editor in chief at It’s All Dead. Over the past decade, he has been a contributor for multiple online and print publications and was most recently an editor at PopMatters. Kiel currently resides in Indianapolis, IN with his wife and their imaginary pet, Hand Dog. You can follow him on Twitter.