Alexisonfire, The Felix Culpa, The Bled, Dear and the Headlights, The Graduate. Just a few of the bigger names in music who have decided to pack up the six-strings and the tour van and give their musical endeavors a rest this summer. Bands are dropping off the map at a startling rate as of late. Hell, even the Black Eyed Peas have gone on an “indefinite hiatus!” This discussion leads into the very topic taking place in this week’s 3 Of The Week. Below are my choices of bands that broke up some time ago that could have had amazing careers if they would have just stayed together.
1. “Take Cover” – Acceptance (1998-2006)
Acceptance is a band that everyone either loves, or they haven’t heard of. Starting off with a couple EPs released in 2000 and 2003, the band didn’t get much recognition until their 2005 debut full-length Phantoms, a phenomenal rock record with sky high hooks and passionate instrumentation. “Take Cover” is the first song from said album and showcases exactly what I mean when I say that Acceptance died too young.
2. “My Sweet Pessimist” – Lannen Fall (2005-2010)
Pop rock quartet Lannen Fall is a band most people probably have never even heard of. The only reason why I can say that is is because they broke up. This band could have easily been on the fast track to stardom but could never catch a break and ended up calling it quits in mid-2010. “My Sweet Pessimist” is a song that I instantly fell in love with after hearing it on my brother’s myspace music player two years ago. With a very singable chorus and some cliche yet surprisingly well-thought out lyrics in the verses, this song is the dream of every fan of the poppier side of pop punk.
3. “The Guillotine” – Renae (2005-2010)
To stray away from the lighter side of the music spectrum, post-hardcore outfit Renae are a band that shattered my heart when they announced their breakup. Releasing nothing but a couple of EPs, this band’s time was cut severely too short. “The Guillotine,” off their 2008 release The Coward, The Storm, & The Outlaw is a prime example of how well this band handled the diluted sing/scream genre. Heavy riffage, raw production, dark lyrics and a hefty vocal range are what make this band so enticing. It truly is sad that their reign at the bottom of the post-hardcore barrel had to end with little to no recognition.