Brave Bird break up
2014-07-03 by William Lim | 34 Comments

Hot on the heels of Death Grips' heartbreaking resignation, frontman Chris Lieu of Ann Arbor emo up-and-comers Brave Bird seeks to rub in the pain with a statement on his own band's dissolution released via their Facebook page. Little more than a month following the release of their sophomore LP T-Minus Grand Gesture, the departure of drummer Mark Buckner (due to personal reasons) is cited as the straw that broke the camel's back, causing Lieu to follow suit. To make this perfectly clear, Buckner's departure is not the reason for Brave Bird's disbandment: Lieu explains that "there are about a million different reasons for us breaking up that I don't wish to explain in this post, but basically it's gotten to a point where we've rested on our laurels for way too long and it's time to either put up or shut up. I've decided that it's best to shut up for now." With Lieu's successive withdrawal, Brave Bird will be breaking up as Lieu was the band's main creative force; "it's unlikely that the band will go on without me".

Lieu goes on to explain that the band will not fulfill any of their scheduled dates, nor will there be any new dates booked henceforth (i.e. "farewell shows"). Recently tapped by music journalism staples Pitchfork Media and The A.V. Club, the promisingly received emo revival foursome have split off into their own personal endeavours:
  • Bassist Mike Politowicz will continue as a member of fellow emo revivalists Dowsing.
  • Drummer Mark Buckner will be "helping his dad paint his house and will presumably continue to write poetry and prose under the alt lit pen name Meta Knight". He has a novel, a novella and a short story collection available at http://irlisdead.com/.
  • Guitarist Matt Terrigan may continue playing music as a solo artist or in new projects whilst "fishing for diapers in Muskegon".
  • Vocalist/guitarist Chris Lieu will "probably start a band that sounds exactly like Brave Bird with bandmates who won't step on my giant ego." The part about his ego is a joke (or is it???).
Looking into the bright and sunny future, Lieu puts on a pair of shades for this cool and optimistic curtain-puller on Brave Bird's career.

"I love my bandmates. They're my brothers and my best friends. There will always be a chance of us getting back together if people still care somewhere down the line. But right now the best thing to do is to move on and figure out who we are and what we are capable of as individuals without the burden of being physically tied yet emotionally severed. See ya."

BRAVE BIRD
2010-2014

"Everybody's breaking up this year"--from their song "Macaroni Time".


Download their last LP here:
http://bravebird.bandcamp.com/album/t-minus-grand-gesture

Read the full break-up statement here:
https://www.facebook.com/bravebirdmi/posts/796583853709208


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Band Page: Brave Bird

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Kaiiser
July 3rd 2014

21 Comments


Aw man, T-minus was so promising

zakalwe
July 3rd 2014

7550 Comments


"There will always be a chance of us getting back together if people still care somewhere down the line."

There's no chance pal, no one gives or gave two fucks

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botb
July 3rd 2014

9654 Comments


what does death grips have to do with this at all?

skoopy48
July 3rd 2014

1481 Comments


I really enjoyed this band, too bad

Kris.
July 3rd 2014

12307 Comments


someone check on rob lowe and make sure he's ok??????????

StallionMang
July 3rd 2014

5457 Comments


Lmao

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MO
July 3rd 2014

18522 Comments


lol kris

Kris.
July 3rd 2014

12307 Comments


i messaged him on fb will update you guys if i find anything out :/

MO
July 3rd 2014

18522 Comments


he's too busy touching a girl's leg for the first time I don't think he'll even notice

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2014

50114 Comments


lol I had sex this morning bub

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Relinquished
July 3rd 2014

24929 Comments


your hand doesn't count trebor

Scoot
July 3rd 2014

17731 Comments


lol

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2014

50114 Comments


harr harr

MO
July 3rd 2014

18522 Comments


jk lowe u knoe it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2014

50114 Comments


I was a virgin until I was 21 and a half so you can make fun of me for that

Relinquished
July 3rd 2014

24929 Comments


lol you got it

MO
July 3rd 2014

18522 Comments


not enough metal in your blood the girls can see right through indie

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 3rd 2014

50114 Comments


my girlfriend really doesn't like emo it kind of sucks

Relinquished
July 3rd 2014

24929 Comments


that's actually a good thing

MonotoneMop
July 3rd 2014

161 Comments


Their drummer posted this journal he kept of their last tour for his girlfriend. It's pretty cool and really kind of sad too.

http://tourbymetaknight.tumblr.com/

sniper
July 3rd 2014

19048 Comments


good article

dimsim3478
July 3rd 2014

4902 Comments


There's no chance pal, no one gives or gave two fucks

How's it feel to be so superior on the topic of a band breaking up that apparently "no one gives or gave two fucks" about?

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Pajolero
July 4th 2014

120 Comments


Well, judging by the lifetime/recorded material output ratio of your average emo band two LPs and an EP seems like a big enough catalogue to leave after breaking up.

someguest
July 4th 2014

20393 Comments


dramatic until the very fucking end

JS19
July 4th 2014

4219 Comments


'Their drummer posted this journal he kept of their last tour for his girlfriend. It's pretty cool and really kind of sad too.

http://tourbymetaknight.tumblr.com/'

Jesus christ this is the saddest fucking thing I have ever read for some reason

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dimsim3478
July 4th 2014

4902 Comments


luv the masturbation part

Rowan5215
July 4th 2014

25580 Comments


Haven't heard these guys but I fucking love that tumblr and want to be friends with him

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Slut
July 4th 2014

2461 Comments


Great article. More should have the effort that this one has

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JS19
July 4th 2014

4219 Comments


How about putting the effort in yourself?

Calc
July 4th 2014

12143 Comments


"Get their last LP for free here:"


"$5 USD or more"


love it.

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linkpwns
July 4th 2014

78 Comments


""Get their last LP for free here:"


"$5 USD or more"


love it."

They probably just ran out of free downloads...

Slut
July 4th 2014

2461 Comments


@JS19
i didn't submit the article i was saying more should be like this, calm down.



but you're right if i want it done i'll just do every news article here yep you're right

MonotoneMop
July 5th 2014

161 Comments


"I cried in Portland, on a street corner outside of the show. Chris / Terri / Mike asked me what was wrong & I told them a friend of mine had died. I didn’t say who. I didn’t want to explain. I only knew Victoria online, but I knew her well. I’ve never dealt with the death of an online friend. It is strange, & it has affected me a lot more than I would’ve imagined.

The last Fb mssg Victoria sent me said she wanted to get to know me better. She sent it in April. I didn’t respond. I don’t remember why I didn’t respond. I may have just not even noticed the mssg.

Last night I responded, “I am so sorry I missed your message.”"

FUCK, MAN.

JS19
July 5th 2014

4219 Comments


Slut telling people to calm down on the internet whenever they say anything you don't like is dumb

Yeah I know Monotone it's too much to read damn



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