Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Inhale Exhale Are Disbanding

I'll be honest, Inhale Exhale are a band I haven't really kept up with in recent years, and I haven't yet gotten around to listening to their last album Movement, but I did have a good time listening to their first few albums, particularly I Swear. So it's unfortunate to hear that the band is breaking up after a seven year run.
Here's the statement from their facebook:
As of right now, after touring 10+ countries, releasing 4 studio albums internationally, and shooting videos and singles and all that goes along with being in this band, Inhale Exhale is coming to an end. We will be playing Alliance Festival that we have up on our tour page, but have not said yes to any other show offers or festivals this year. We have only briefly discussed if we want to have a final show. We have become to busy with other endeavors or our hearts and minds are elsewhere. 
Thankful, always for all of your support and care for Inhale Exhale. When we were on the road all the time, and when we've been off, and only communicating through our albums and online pages. 
All of you that have shared your homes with us, hung out with us, sang lyrics with us, crowd surfed, had meaningful conversations (or ridiculous ones), shared your passion, joy or pain. And even your music and creative endeavors of your own. For that we thank you. 
Times can be tough in a band, but it comes with the territory. It's one of the most cut throat, stuck up, brown nosed industries. There are battles where you never thought there would be, and people against you, that you never thought would be. It changes you. But we're thankful for the journey, and that we could share our passion and art with you. And we value and feel extremely blessed with the lasting relationships we've made on and off the road through IE. 
I wrote in a past post that the best thing a musician that has had some success can do is be thankful and say thank you. And I stand by that. It was always shocking to us at times when we went on the road and met touring musicians that thought they were doing fans a favor by showing up or hanging out or even playing their town. It's those people and fans that came to shows supporting their local scene, participating in the show, and fellowshipping that were doing a favor for the bands, and us.

We love all of you, and truly are thankful for our time spent in this endeavor. Take some time and throw in your favorite IE album once in a while with your playlist for us.
-John L. and the rest of Inhale Exhale.
It's no secret that the industry is a tough one to be in, and that you really don't make money from anything but at show merch sales unless you're a huge band that can really have some pull with record labels. Trouble with greedy record labels is why many bands are trying to self fund or go try the kickstarter/indigogo route to pre-pay for the production of an album.

It's sad to see Inhale Exhale go, but hopefully this won't be the last we hear from the members of the band.

Here's one of my favorite songs from the band:

Their influence from Underoath and other big metalcore bands was undeniable, but these guys were genuine and had some great music.

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