Letlive Announce Breakup After 15 Years
After 15 years and four studio albums, the Los Angeles-based experimental post-hardcore outfit Letlive have made the decision to disband, citing a "divergence in views and aims" within the group as the leading reason.
Letlive announced the split on their Facebook page, grateful for all they've accomplished from their humble beginnings in a garage in Los Angeles. Although the group is no longer, the band stated as a collective that the idea of Letlive will continue through the fans. The full statement reads as follows:
In the summer of 2002 this thing we call "letlive." began in a garage in a small suburb of Los Angeles with one goal in mind. Above all else, letlive. was meant to be an idea not an outfit. This idea took its roots in honesty, humility, and finding an ironic strength in vulnerability. This is how it all began and it must end in the same fashion.
We have been granted opportunities and experiences beyond anything we could have ever imagined and we are well aware that none of the aforementioned would be possible without you. Your support, investments, and genuine belief have been nothing short of inspiring which is what allowed us to create these works while enduring the unsettling ebb and flow of career musicianship. With this in mind we would like to take this time to exhibit said transparency and explain that over time a divergence in views and aims has developed within the camp- and, for the moment, the impact that has on letlive. as a group is that there will be no further activity for the foreseeable future. We want to thank every single person that we were privileged enough to make a connection with through this vessel. We will no longer write the soundtrack, but the most important element, the idea, will continue as long as you allow it to. You are and always will be letlive.
Jason Aalon Butler, Loniel Robinson, Ryan Johnson, & Jeffrey Sahyoun
Letlive released their debut record, Speak Like You Talk, in 2005 on At One Records. The band cycled through a myriad of members since, taking five years to issue their sophomore album, even scrapping an entire disc along the way. From there, they signed with Epitaph Records after Bring Me the Horizon's Oli Sykes saw the band perform in 2008 and got in touch with Epitaph owner Brett Gurewitz about the group.
Their last two albums, The Blackest Beautiful and If I'm the Devil, were both released under Epitaph and the latter was the first to feature drummer / percussionist Loniel Robinson, who joined Letlive in late 2013.
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