Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
It is with a heavy heart I regret to inform you that everyone’s favourite Californian post-hardcore group letlive. have parted ways. This may come as a shock to some, as it appeared the band were going from strength to strength. They released their first EP, Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between back in 2003. Their last three studio albums, Fake History, The Blackest Beautiful, and If I’m The Devil… have all been critically acclaimed for their heady mix of jazz-inspired metalcore, introspective lyrics, and frontman Jason Aalon Butler’s incredibly soulful and raw delivery.
The news broke after a Facebook post from the band was released yesterday, which gives a small insight into the reasons behind it:
“In the summer of 2002 this thing we call “letlive.” began in a garage in a small suburb of Los Angeles with one goal in mind. Above all else, letlive. was meant to be an idea not an outfit. This idea took its roots in honesty, humility, and finding an ironic strength in vulnerability. This is how it all began and it must end in the same fashion.
We have been granted opportunities and experiences beyond anything we could have ever imagined and we are well aware that none of the aforementioned would be possible without you. Your support, investments, and genuine belief have been nothing short of inspiring which is what allowed us to create these works while enduring the unsettling ebb and flow of career musicianship. With this in mind we would like to take this time to exhibit said transparency and explain that over time a divergence in views and aims has developed within the camp- and, for the moment, the impact that has on letlive. as a group is that there will be no further activity for the foreseeable future. We want to thank every single person that we were privileged enough to make a connection with through this vessel. We will no longer write the soundtrack, but the most important element, the idea, will continue as long as you allow it to. You are and always will be letlive.
Jason Aalon Butler, Loniel Robinson, Ryan Johnson, & Jeffrey Sahyoun”