A band is like a plant. Stay with me on this because it will make sense.
Like a plant, a band grows from seeds to maturity, flowers, bursts forth with new seeds and then eventually withers and dies. The cycle of life, you know?
But like plants (or animals or any other living thing), the lifespan of any given band varies greatly. You might last as long as a single rehearsal (a dandelion?) Or you might find eventually find yourself on some kind of 50th-anniversary tour (the rock equivalent of a bristlecone pine tree that can live up to 5,000 years).
Then we we have bands that form, rise to a peak, hit some kind of downhill slope, then break up. But then they reform again for any number of reasons, which could lead into a completely new second act. And thus things begin anew–and maybe even under better circumstances than anyone thought possible.
Here’s a case study, a deconstruction of a band’s journey from formation to breakup to reunion. This is the history of Alexisonfire.
Songs in this show (all by Alexisonfire):
This Could Be Anywhere in the World
The Dead Heart
Playlistist Eric Wilhite has created this for us.
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