It’s always a bummer (and sometimes more than that) to hear that one of your favourite bands spilt up. Lately, it seems that more and more bands decide to call it quits and follow the “solo path”. This is of course a very usual phenomenon in the history of music. The problem is that today’s bands don’t seem to last at all.
Is it overexposure that would lead to a band’s break-up? The internet has totally made it possible for every single artist to put their music out there and let the world know everything about their career and sometimes their personal life, too. However, this exhausting set of interviews and special appearances in TV shows or extensive touring so as to promote a new album (sometimes even just a single) might be draining the creativity off the artist.
My Chemical Romance decided to stop making music almost seven months ago, through a very sudden announcement which led fans to a total despair. For the band, as I imagine, it wasn’t sudden at all. Sometimes, it’s not disagreements within a band that lead to the end. It’s just things piling up. The need to always meet the demands of fans, of music companies and finally of themselves as artists, can turn out to be pretty hopeless.
But is this all necessary? People keep expecting too much of musicians, sometimes pushing them to the edge. More performances, more albums, more autographs. They are building this monster of them, which gradually devours the artists themselves.
Starsailor is in extended hiatus, Good Charlotte seems to be taking a break, while 30 Seconds to Mars had thought about quitting a year ago, being overexhausted by almost three consecutive years of touring! (Eventually they came back with a new album, but that’s due to Jared Leto’s perfectionism I guess – he always comes back for more!) Now, The Killers’ guitarist Dave Keuning admitted to NME that “he is sick of touring”, and who knows what follows?
The truth is I’m tired of short-lived bands… I’m not the one to judge, but it’s so frustrating to “lose” one… And I can’t help but wonder, when everything is all out in the open, are we the ones who push the curtains down?