Underoath have announced that they are breaking up after fifteen years as a band. They will be embarking on a farewell tour in 2013 as well as releasing an anthology LP November 6th on Solid State Records. Read a statement from the band below.
â€œItâ€™s sad to say that we feel like itâ€™s time to close this chapter, but we have never seen things more clearly,â€ says vocalist Spencer Chamberlain. â€œThese have been the best years of my entire life, and I owe that to every single person who ever supported this band along the way. This wasnâ€™t a quick decision by any means. Itâ€™s just time for us to move on.â€
â€œOver the past decade or so of our lives, we have been able to live a dream traveling the world, playing music that excites us, and meeting more amazing people than we could have ever fathomed,â€ says keyboardist Chris Dudley. â€œThis couldnâ€™t be a more bittersweet moment for us. We have accomplished more, met more friends, seen more places and have just done more than we could have ever imagined, and we really wanted to just go out on the highest note possible. Thatâ€™s why we have put together a group of great friends and musicians for what will be our final tour ever. We are taking every moment of this tour as an opportunity to say goodbye to you all, as well as celebrate what has taken place over all these years. The love we have and the debt of gratitude that we owe to all of you is not able to be measured in any way.â€
â€œWe donâ€™t take this very lightly and itâ€™s heartbreaking for all of us,â€ Chamberlain says of the bandâ€™s announcement, â€œbut all good things must come to an end. We love all of you and hope to see you again soon.â€
Tonight’s episode of The Retrospect will pay tribute to the band and the tremendous influence they’ve had on the music scene over the past fifteen years; tune in at 7pm ET only on idobi Radio.