UPDATE: Sometimes being wrong is a good thing. On December 10 in Dallas, As Cities Burn will reunite to play Unsilent Christmas. They will play their debut record, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest in its entirety, with original vocalist TJ Bonnette. Check the preview.
Before we get to the speculation that As Cities Burn is returning, let’s go over the last few chapters.
On July 15, 2009, As Cities Burn posted a message that broke hearts:
“As Cities Burn has broken up. We are happily moving on after 6 good years. Our lives and our wives have called us in different directions. Thanks to anyone who has come out to a show, had words to say, or bought a CD to help us fill the tank.” It wasn’t the first time that the band had announced a split, but it was the last. The announcement came only three months after the release of their third, universally-praised full-length, Hell Or High Water.
Since then, there have been some other projects. Vocalist/guitarist Cody Bonnette and drummer Aaron Lunsford made side-project Hawkboy a full-time gig, releasing a free EP and opening on Emery’s last tour. Guitarist Chris Lott has since joined the female-fronted Twin Killers, who just released their new single “The Two Fridas” for free on BandCamp. No word on if bassist Colin Kimble has been active in the music community.
Now on to the rumblings. The cause? A Twitter account and a Facebook post.
As of August 30, As Cities Burn now has an official Twitter (@OfficialACB), which has gained over 2,500 followers in the last 48 hours. Most of the tweets are merely lobbying current musicians to tweet about them. The most notable tidbit comes from the ACB Facebook. A post from August 30 reads: “Goodnight world. Fun day. We will have good news to tell on September 9 I believe. Until then tell your friends to follow us on twitter @OfficialACB and to like us on here. Keep in touch…”
We’ve got 8 days to hypothesize. Let’s go over our options:
1. The most realistic: a re-release, a greatest hits, a vinyl, or some other repackaging of old music.
Need I remind you of the rumored Refused reunion? The world went into a tizzy-fit because their website was updated to say “Refused, Coming Soon…” After tons of speculation, the band announced the post was only to promote a re-issue of The Shape Of Punk To Come.
If you need a Twitter-specific example, think back to May 2010, when Acceptance started tweeting. Turns out it was nothing more than a way to connect with fans, only resulting in admitting interested in a reunion show.
My money is on either a vinyl release or some sort of re-release. A greatest hits would be a bit awkward due to the vocal shift from TJ Bonnette to Cody after their debut album, but keep in mind their old record label, Tooth & Nail. The label has famously released full catalog compilations for past acts like Anberlin (the ridicuolously named Blueprints For City Friendships) and current bands like Emery. It’s a good way to push units and make a buck, and I don’t think the label is above using this tactic again.
Maybe if we’re lucky, we’ll get a few demos or b-sides out of it, but don’t get your hopes up yet about a reunion.
2. Not impossible, but unlikely: a Come Now Sleep/Hell Or High Water reunion show.
Nothing can bring bands back together like time apart and empty wallets. With three-fourths of the band still active musically, it’s safe to say none have seen the success of their former band yet, despite critical acclaim for both Hawkboy and Twin Killers. Cody and Aaron could easily put their two-man project down for a few shows, though it seems like Lott is very much active with his new act. If Kimble couldn’t come out, there’s always original bassist Pascal Barone as an option.
I won’t go as far as to say this won’t happen. I’d highly support it, but I won’t bet on it.
3. Impossible, Not Happening, Keep Dreaming: A reunion show with the Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest line-up, complete with TJ Bonnette.
I won’t rule out the latest ACB line-up from returning, but the original line-up is not going to happen. It’s been six years since original rough vocalist TJ Bonnette handed the reigns to Cody, and we’ve seen no site of him since. Sure, it would be absurdly cool, but it would be shocking to say the least.
The rumor mill will sure overflow with different ideas over the next week. Until then, play the ACB classic below and enjoy the brilliance that was As Cities Burn (and keep your fingers crossed).