Evangelist metalcore band For Today will not have much of a tomorrow. They announced today that at the end of the year, they will cease performing as a band.
The band released this statement on the matter:
"After over 11 years as a band, six full-length albums and one EP, we have decided to make 2016 the last year of For Today.
"When we started this band in 2005, we never imagined that our music would make it out of Sioux City, Iowa, let alone take us all around the world multiple times. Our lives have been hugely impacted by the time we've spent making music and touring. We met our wives, had kids, and relocated to different states because of For Today.
"It's been an incredible experience, but we feel like now is the time to close this chapter of our lives and move on. There's no behind-the-scenes drama happening or disagreements between band members. We're all still best friends and will continue to be long after the band is over.
"We want to thank everybody who has made this possible, especially the fans who have kept us going for so many years. That's why we're excited to announce that we're doing an extensive farewell tour, hitting all our favorite cities in the country, as well as some international dates.
"Come hang out with us one last time and let's make these last shows some that we'll never forget!"
It seems likely that the band is another victim of the bitter reality of the music business, and with members developing families, the financial burden and the travel becomes too much of a toll to the point where I'm sure they were questioning if it was all worth it.
We haven't exactly given For Today favorable coverage, since their former guitarist Mike Reynolds quit the band after some homophobic statements in 2013, leading the band to skirt around the issue until it was discovered that frontman Mattie Montgomery was against gay marriage before suddenly doing an about face in early 2014 about the topic, leading former guitarist Mike Reynolds to acuse Montgomery for joining some sort of cult because of his change of stance on gay marriage. The band was in the news again last year, when Reynolds' replacement quit due to differences in opinions based on their religious beliefs.
The band's remaining tour dates can be seen on the flyer below: