Thursday, May 19, 2011

Angel Eyes Announce Upcoming Final Releases, Plans To Part Ways

Angel Eyes Announce Final Releases Including Upcoming Split EP w/ Beneath Oblivion, Plans To Part Ways

After releasing their sophomore full-length album, and one of the heaviest albums of 2010, entitled "Midwestern," Chicago's Angel Eyes have announced plans to part ways, as well as details on their upcoming final releases.

"After eight years as a band, Angel Eyes is breaking up. There were a number of reasons behind our decision; some big, some small, but all have been adding up over the last year or so. In a lot of ways, the band has run its course. Not necessarily in terms of the music we create together, but just personally. We’re all in radically different places than we were when we started out. As we grow older, our responsibilities change, our priorities shift. And while the band means different things to each of us, I think I speak for everyone when I say that what we take away from it has also changed, also shifted. We’ve always said that we’d break up before we felt like we were going through the motions, and we’re remaining true to our word. At this point, I think that Angel Eyes has probably said everything we wanted it to and we feel comfortable dissolving it on our own terms.

When I think about all that’s happened to us since the band started, it blows my mind. I was 23 and fresh out of college; I’ll turn 32 in less than a month. There have been marriages and divorce, birth and death. People have bought homes and lost them. Careers have changed, jobs have been lost. Other bands we were involved with have come and gone. And somewhere in there the bottom completely fell out of the economy.

But through all of these massive events, there have been two constants: 1. Todd is still a student, and 2. we’ve always had the music and each other. No matter what life has thrown at us as individuals, we’ve always had each other’s back; and for a few hours a week we could come together and channel all of those experiences, that joy and anger and frustration and grief, into something bigger than any of us. For this, I am eternally indebted to the other members of Angel Eyes, and I proudly consider them to be my brothers in spirit, if not blood.

So where does that leave us right now? Well, for starters, we’ve canceled all of our upcoming shows. That sucks and our sincerest apologies go to the other bands, the promoters and the venues for their inconvenience. Beyond that, we’ll still technically be a band for at least a little while longer: we’re finishing writing for a final record that we’ll be recording this summer. All of us are pretty stoked on these songs, and it feels like a good note for us to bow out on. At the moment it’s looking like we’ll be releasing it as a free download alongside a limited physical version with (hopefully) cool packaging, but that’s still subject to change. When the record is ready we’ll be coming out of slumber for one final show and then this particular leg of our journey will be at an end.

...and that’s that for now. If we don’t see or hear from you again in the context of this band, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for listening and your support. For everyone else, we hope to see you one last time in a few months. Take care."

On July 12th, the band will be releasing their upcoming split with Beneath Oblivion on The Mylene Sheath, featuring one brand new track recorded exclusively for the new EP, and also plan on releasing their soon to be posthumous new full length later this year (more details coming soon).

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