By now you’ve heard wind that Chiodos, the band popular at their peak for literature-inspired post-hardcore, has not only re-emerged from the loss of their presumed heir Brandon Bolmer and drummer Tanner Wayne, but they are being re-helmed by polarizing vocalist Craig Owens.
The always opinionated internet took swipes at both sides of the equation – the obvious being a possible return to their pre-Illuminaudio sound in both the positive and negative limelight. While it is difficult to pinpoint the overall reaction to this news, besides mixed-leaning positive, it isn’t difficult to see the many faces of fans and how they are reacting to the news. Let us take a moment to consider all the angles in a peculiar manner – the mindset of the Seven Deadly Sins. Yes, as difficult as it might sound, the many ideals of Chiodos fans former and present are intertwined. But that doesn’t stop Owens and company from creating a packed hand of views on the band’s history and potential future.
I’ve been to enough Chiodos shows to know that Craig Owens is a scene girl magnet. It isn’t rocket science. It doesn’t even have to be post-modern literature. This is mere fact. Though many of the girls ogling over Owens have been following him practically everywhere he goes, the return to the band is sure to usher back fans who proclaim something along the lines of Owens being the more attractive of the two frontmen. Particularly fickle and possibly at this point past their post-hardcore phase, this fan’s draw to the band is as shallow as probably not even knowing the band was still in existence following Owens’ dismissal.
There are fans of this type for every band. Seemingly, regardless of time, timbre, tenacity or treachery, a band can do no wrong in this one’s eyes. Though the band saw a peak of popularity shortly after Bone Palace Ballet, which is probably arguable outside of this mindset, this person constantly insists the band always puts out their best record without a hint of hesitation. Illuminaudio may have led to fewer fans, but a Chiodos glutton will prove through rare demos and b-sides that the path they were seemingly on post-Ballet was saved by Bolmer – and will probably be promptly revived by Owens.
Perhaps the biggest superfan of them all, this is the one you see wearing a hoodie and a shirt of the same band – while sporting stereotypically placed tattoos of obvious and/or beaten to death lyrics. You know, the dude with the ‘I’ll stop stabbing when you stop screaming’ script down his arm. He, or perhaps she, is the throne of fandom for this band and puts the word collection to shame. Though often tied to the glutton, the greedy fans will snatch up anything they can in the rekindling of their pre-teen to post-teen years – only to prove they’ve been loyal all along.
What’s that? They’re getting another singer? Releasing another album? It’s difficult to pinpoint one type of sloth for this band, but as the band’s sound has changed a bit album by album, people have been reluctant to continue the journey. Even as Owens made the jump to DRUGS, many Chiodos fans were simply not interested in giving him a fair chance. This isn’t to praise DRUGS – in my opinion the album was terrible – but even now some old fans might have had enough of Owens’ charades that his return means absolutely nothing.
I promise you one thing. There are people very upset about this, and for various reasons. Maybe they are still clinging to the pre-Bolmer era and are upset for the change in the first place. Maybe they loved Bolmer so much, and the progression the band made in the last full-length, that they simply do not want Owens as the lead singer again. Whatever the case may be though, this is the one you don’t want to make a mistake in approaching this topic with in a conversation.
“Did you hear they let Craig back in Chiodos?”
“THAT @%@#(*% IS BACK?”
This is the rarest of the bunch to be truthful, as it seems like post-Illuminaudio Chiodos has lost some of the enthusiastic fans once thought to be a legion for the band. Truth is, the band was so near extinction that any sort of news has to be good news, right?
Somewhat of a mixture of one we’ve discussed and another we’ve yet to pick apart, the envious fan is a displayer and a boaster who seemingly is always living up to everyone else’s standards. While not exactly a new fan, they mingled in somewhere between Bone Palace Ballet and Illuminaudio and have been playing a vicious game of catch-up ever since. They are the wannabe hipsters. The ones who seem just on the cusp of pretentiousness but come off much more desperate than anything else. They seem to agree with everyone else but have no opinion of their own – and probably only seem excited because everyone else is and not of their own accord.
Possibly the most annoying of the bunch. It’s the same in every group right? “I remember when they released The Heartless Control Everything. I was at the release show.” The equivalent of hipsters. They make sure you know that they know everything about this band and that this is going to be an “ironic” attempt at bringing back the band’s past. At this point, these people are few and far between, but considering I’m from the state that birthed this band, I can guarantee they exist somewhere in the boundaries of the music scene – you just might have to really look. It would be safe to say most people into Chiodos who are now pushing their mid-to-late 20s fall at least slightly into this category. Now that I think of it, just bring up how good they were on All’s Well That Ends Well. You’ll find them.
So maybe you avoid these cliches and tunnel-visioned comparisons by your own steel nerve or practically blatant disregard for the whole thing. Yet it seems that just as quickly as people hopped on the Chiodos train to Goresville, they seem just as quick to hop back off in the return of the now-slighted frontman. Whether or not this means anything good for the band is up in the air until music is written or shows are played, but one thing is for sure – we’ll find out soon enough.