1st & Ten: Top 10 Reasons Bands Break Up!

1st & Ten: Top 10 Reasons Bands Break Up!








It’s always heart breaking when your favorite band decides that their time on the road together is no longer in their best interests. Such was the case just last week when Sent By Ravens decided to go on “hiatus” in order to move onto other things. Here’s the top reasons that I have seen bands break up from over the years.

1. Family – This is one of the more prominent reasons, especially in the realm of “Christian music”, as band members decide that it’s time to grow up and take care of their spouse and kids. Some people are in better positions than others to do this from the road, but it’s not easy any way you look at it.

2. Lack of Direction – Sometimes you can have all the talent in the world, but you’re not headed anywhere and you don’t know how to change that. Some people plug along without ever gaining momentum, while others just decide that it’s time to move on.

3. Never Getting A Big Break – I’m not talking about a vacation or Kit Kat bars here, I’m talking about bands that have been toiling for years and they never seem to get over the hump to whatever they would call success. Some bands, like Skillet, take over a decade to make it big. Not everyone has that kind of patience.

4. Lost Motivation – Sometimes an adventure sounds like a great thing, but eventually it gets tedious or your experiences change your perceptions on what you really want to do with your life.

5. The Road – I get really bored on car trips into town, I couldn’t imagine logging hundreds of thousands of miles in a smelly van and losing touch with how hot water works. I like showers. I couldn’t imagine going three weeks without one. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

6. Can’t Get Signed – The game has changed a lot lately with crowd sourcing, but it’s still tough to really get big without at least starting out on a record label. With years of hard work going unnoticed, some bands just decide that they can’t live in the basement any more.

7. They Came, They Saw, They Conquered – Sometimes bands feel like they have done everything they can do in the business. Even if it seems like sticking with what works makes sense financially, it isn’t worth the bother to those who want to create something fresh.

8. They Want To Try Something Else – Even if they haven’t achieved stardom or bankruptcy, sometimes people just want to do something different for a change.

9. They’re Not Any Good – This one should happen more often. If you’re not a very good band, just admit it and do something better with your life.

10. Money Problems – A lot of bands are started by people who are basically kids. They don’t know that being in a band is a business, especially if you want to play anywhere besides your home church or your friend’s house party. You’d be pretty shocked to see the debt versus asset ratio for a lot of mid or lower level bands, it can get pretty ugly.

So there’s my list. We hate when these things happen, but that’s life. Is there anything I missed?



About Tyler Hess

Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

4 Comments to “1st & Ten: Top 10 Reasons Bands Break Up!”

  1. Loser of Greatness // August 6, 2012 at 10:42 am // Reply

    What about personality conflicts? I bet that this happens more than bands admit, even in Christian circles. Even so, I don’t think that I’ve ever seen a band say “we just don’t get along anymore”

  2. OR what about ‘They felt that it was the right time to go’? That and ‘Family’, are the most popular ‘public’ reasons that bands give. But whatever the case; just because a band breaks up, doesn’t mean that we immediately jump to conclusions that band members have had a fight or anything…

    Bands do break up, and when that happens, it’s not the end of the world… maybe they will reunite later? Only God knows!

  3. Keith Fillmore // August 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm // Reply

    They get old or die.

  4. I would’ve also listed “They couldn’t get along”, though that may be more likely lead to a member getting kicked out than a breakup.

    I’ve also heard about bands having a hard time getting together to tour or record because they all lived too far away from eachother. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s lead to some actual breakups, especially before the Internet.

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