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It's Hard to Say See Ya Later: Why Our Favorite Bands Go On Hiatus

Bands HiatusTo music lovers, nothing hurts more than their favorite band breaking up. Even worse, their favorite band announcing an indefinite hiatus.

This is the case with the emo/rock band Paramore. Their fifth album, After Laughter, saw a shift in sound for the band, from punk-induced guitar solos to 80’s-like groovy guitar riffs, but it also saw a turning point in the band’s future.

The band has been pretty idle since they wrapped up their latest tour on Sept. 7, 2018. Meanwhile, this past Sept. 4, they released a statement on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook saying that they are taking a “really nice break,” serving as a confirmation of their hiatus.

It’s a tough time to be a Paramore fan. But we forgive them because they blessed us with 15 years of rockin’ music.

We can always count on the threesome staying close, though. They wrote in their hiatus letter, “It’s so good to have a moment to just ‘be.’”

Fans know that although this is an indefinite hiatus, their favorite band will still be around in the long run.

Things are even worse for One Direction fans. With all four members focusing on solo careers, and the departure of Zayn Malik in 2015, their future as a band doesn’t look too promising.

It’s been a good three years since the four-piece made music together.

Bands Hiatus 2There’s even a Twitter account (@hiatusday1d) that tweets every day to keep track of the band’s hiatus.

Just because Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, and Liam Payne have all been working on solo projects, that doesn’t mean their fans have given up hope that they will reunite as a group. They are just waiting for the light at the end of the hiatus.

However, bands like the Jonas Brothers eventually return from their hiatus and become bigger and better than ever. They’ve grown with their fans, shifting from pre-hiatus Disney pop to post-hiatus more mature pop.

Fall Out Boy is another example of a band returning from hiatus, but the public opinion on their post-hiatus music isn’t as positive compared to their 2000’s emo/pop-punk sound.

It’s not uncommon for bands to change their sound once they return from a hiatus.

It makes you wonder whether our favorite music groups take this time off to re-explore their sound, or whether inevitable creative differences need some time to be worked out.

Nick Paradise, a junior music student, said, “Obviously whenever a band goes on hiatus it’s disappointing, but sometimes there are legitimate reasons for a band to take hiatus like if a band member has health issues and such.”

He mentioned that the British band Glass Animals were forced to take a break due to their drummer being severely injured after getting hit by a truck in 2018. So, it’s a genuine reason for a hiatus.

Hiatus-ing bands surely make their fans miss them. Often, bands returning from a hiatus see a boom in sales and success (we’re looking at you, Jonas Brothers).

Going on hiatus helps some bands out, whether or not profit is a deliberate goal. You just know that if One Direction ever comes back from their hiatus, it’s going to be big.

Fifth Harmony, Fun., and The Wanted (remember them?) are just some other bands that have succumbed to the “indefinite hiatus.”

Time will tell if they will survive this temporary break, or if they will come back stronger than ever.

Other bands on hiatus are so unpredictable that no one knows if they are ever going to return.

No Doubt, the ska/rock band formed in 1986 with frontwoman Gwen Stefani, is notorious for this.

The band released the not-so-popular album Push and Shove in 2012 after an 11-year hiatus, and then disappeared once again.

The band’s recurring hiatuses are attributed to Stefani’s solo career, which kicked off in 2004 with debut album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. The other three band members, guitarist Tom Dumont, bassist Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young, joined forces with vocalist Davey Havok to form the alt-rock band DREAMCAR.

It’s No Doubt but it’s… not No Doubt. At least not with Stefani’s unforgettable, immediately-recognizable vocals.

For now, we can just relisten to No Doubt’s biggest hits such as “Don’t Speak,” “It’s My Life,” and “Just a Girl” while we patiently wait for the guys to reunite with Stefani.

The band still occasionally posts social media updates, and often advertises merch sales on their official website.

So maybe there’s still hope for more No Doubt albums in the future. No doubt about it.


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