Band drawn to spend more time with families; also cites increasingly difficult musical climate as reason for split
Posted: December 10, 2014, 12:00 AM | Category:General Artist Tags: Silverline Source: From Staff Reports
DREAM Records rock band Silverline has announced today on its Facebook page that as of 2015, the band will cease to exist.
In the 1,400-word post from the band, Silverline said that while there were many things that led to the decision to split up, none of it had to do with any kind of drama, disagreements or discord in the band. For the band, spending quality time with their growing families was atop the list.
"There are now nine Silverline kids, and all of us are married," the post explained. "You might not realize it, but we have been on the road for 80-100 shows a year for the past 10 years. Not to mention a few months every so often to record albums. That's a lot of time away from home. That's a lot of phone calls to little ones asking when Daddy is coming home. That's a lot of days for our wives to line up child care, work jobs and tend to our families while we are away. It's a lot of time for our wives to spend evenings alone at home."
Although many Christian music fans had just become acquainted with Silverline at the release of their last album, Lights Out--which yielded several No. 1 singles--the five-piece has been together since forming in a basement in 1997 in Fort Ripley, Minnesota.
"We may be brand new to you, but we've actually been touring since 9th and 10th grade and most of us are in our thirties now," the post reads.
Other considerations mentioned in the "letter of resignation" included financial concerns in a changing music landscape.
"Some people may not realize it but after gas, booking, management, breakdowns, food, lodging and a hundred other things there just isn't any money left after tour," the letter continued. "All of us have worked almost every day we are home the entire time to stay alive."
The letter also asserted that shows and touring attendance is "massively down across the board" for "every genre."
Moving forward, the band has a few shows scheduled, and said they most likely will plan a few more for next year, possibly concluding with a few summer festivals.
The band closed by asserting that they're not, by any means, done with music, though. Frontman Ryan Edberg is in the midst of a worship music project, and guitarist Stephen Adams has started a project with his wife Amber called Emerald Anchor.
"It's not the music as much as the people and memories made that make this decision tough," the band wrote. "Thank you for loving us."