I’ve been so busy this week that I didn’t get a chance to catch up on all my music news. You can imagine how shocked I was when Houston Calls was breaking up. Despite the rumblings about the possible end of the band, I must say that it’s really a shame.
The band posted a note about it to fans on Absolutepunk.net Tuesday.
“After about 6 years, hundreds of shows, a bunch of great tours in 3 continents outside of our own, Houston Calls is calling it a day. Suffice it to say, we didn’t come to this decision lightly, and it’s one that pains us, even though it’s what we’ve decided is best for us. The continued instability surrounding our band’s various situations (finances, finding new members, touring, etc.) has overshadowed what our band has always prioritized: making some alright music and having a great time with our friends – the ones in our van and the ones we meet on the road. To elaborate a little, it’s tough packing up your entire life and leaving friends and family for months at a time. It’s unstable, it’s uncertain, and it’s pretty darn unhealthy. It’s also, as we’re all looking a little to our own futures, unsustainable at this level. The economic realities of living hand to mouth at our ages gets to be a little daunting. And seeing very few open doors for us as a band, we decided that it’s best for us to move on.
That being said, it was also a blast. We’ve met people that we can be proud to call friends, and some people that can only be described as classic characters. We’ve gotten to release two full length CDs that we are still infinitely proud of; We’ve met thousands of warm, gracious, and very kind fans – to many of whom we’ve been ungracious house guests. Words fail here – we can’t thank you all strongly or sincerely enough.
Houston Calls has two more shows left. First, we’re incredibly excited to be able to play Farewell’s CD Release Show at Greene Street, in Greensboro, NC on August 22nd. They’re some of our best friends, and we couldn’t think of a better band to open for. Secondly, we will be having a final hometown show at School of Rock on August 29th. As all this news is still pretty fresh, more details to be decided and will follow. Thanks for all your continued support over the years.
P.S. – One request: don’t turn this into a hatefest on Drive-Thru. There’s enough negativity burning against a label that took a chance on us way back when and gave us the opportunity to get to where we got.”
I wish them the best of luck in the future.