In the past month, three bands have gotten back together either for reunion tours or for actually erring back into the music business. So in case you’re liking one of these bands, then you should be having a good day.
First band to reunite is hard rock group Breaking Benjamin. The story behind these guys is a little tricky but essentially, two members left the band claiming they didn’t get paid for a song the band had done. This eventually led to a law suit with the bands frontman, and now a few years later, the lawsuit has been settled and the band is back together. I am almost sure that the two members who sued Ben are no longer in but I just know they are reunited. I am also unsure as to if they are touring soon or releasing any new material.
Second band whom I’ve mentioned on this blog is Neutral Milk Hotel. The indie folk grouphave been apart ever since Jeff Mangum had a anxiety attack while on tour in 1998, promoting the album “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea.” 15 years later the ban is back together and have a reunion tour in the U.S. and I must say: if you’re wanting to go, you better be quick on that mouse when buying tickets because these guys are selling out almost every place they are going in under and hour.
Third band on the list is the rock group Matchbox 20. Unfortunately for me, I know little to nothing about this comeback except that it had happened. There are no details as to if any new material will release but if I could take a guess I would assume fans can expect something.
That’s all in this quick little update!
Have you heard of Neutral Milk Hotel? Most people don’t, considering they were a VERY underground indie folk band that existed from the late eighties to 1999. They only had two major releases, “On Avery Island” and “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” but none gained any popularity at the time they came out. But slowly and surely, and after the bands breakup, “Aeroplane” became a cultural phenomenon among the underground scene, or known most popularly as the hipster community. The album has sold over 300,000 copies and is critically acclaimed by sites such as Sputnik music and pitchfork.
pictured: indie hit “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea”
Returning to present day, 14 years after NMH’s disbandment and frontman Jeff Mangum’s nervous breakdown, it seems apparent that the Kings of Carrot Flowers (listen to the album) thought it right to show the new generation their talents. Thus, the indie folk stars have teamed back up for a reunion tour, announcing about 5 or 6 dates of the tour just yesterday. People on Sputnik music are speculating that more dates should be to follow.
I have heard the album “Aeroplane,” and personally I find it to be very interesting; the album lacks in production value, but soars lyrically. Jeff Mangum has been referred to by the underground community as “the greatest lyricist to have ever existed.” And while that is subject to debate, I won’t deny that the writing is very well done. If the band intrigues you, give the album a listen, and if you like it then perhaps you’ll be lucky enough for NMH to stop near your town on their reunion tour.
Sputnik music article