Have you ever found a band and just immediately fallen in love with them and later come to realize that they aren’t together anymore? For me, it seems like it is becoming more and more prominent to see this in the scene. It’s discouraging to see a band with so much potential to make such a positive impact on the scene, and in the world, to go their separate ways after one or two years of being together. While it is discouraging to see, as a musician myself, it’s understandable to see why a lot of bands don’t make past a year or two of touring and recording: things change. Sure when you start a band you’ve got things planned out, but things come up, obstacles that you have to make it through are out in front of you and sometimes the only way to get through them is to take a different path than the one you’re on. However, we can cherish the impact that the bands did have on us while they were together. There are many, many more than just three bands that should be on a list like this but here are three that have made a very large impact on me and on the scene in general:


Sever Your Ties was a Christian hardcore band formed in 2005 and broke up in 2009. In 2006, the band released their debut EP called First Sign Of Light. In 2008 the band got signed to Solid State Records, which was a very big accomplishment. They released their one and only full-length album in mid 2008, which was entitled Safety In The Sea. Safety In The Sea was such a breath of fresh air for me. Sever Your Ties has aspects of many different genres on this album: there is a prominent synth throughout the album, the aggressive screams of Sean Marnul coinciding with the clean back up vocals of drummer Dustin Peterson work for the band very well, and the musicianship is executed exquisitely. The album closes out the album with a great cover of (Don’t Fear) The Reaper originally by Blue Oyster Cult. I believe that it is safe to say that in the short time that Sever Your Ties was in the underground music scene, with their gem of an album and as intense as there live shows were, they had nothing but a positive impact on the scene.


In the short time they were in the scene, Agraceful accomplished a lot. Before the bands official formation, frontman Chris Roetter fronted another band: Emarosa. Chris was with Emarosa for their debut EP This Is Your Way Out. Soon after the release of the EP, Chris left Emarosa. Agraceful was just a side project for him during the time he was in Emarosa, however once he left Emarosa, Agraceful was his main focus. After Agraceful became Chris’s first priority, he continued with recruiting more members, Rick Griffith and Kasey Smith from the disbanded Here I Come Falling, among others. Agraceful was soon signed to Sumerian Records. Soon after getting signed, the band released their debut full-length The Great I Am. The album showcases the almost infinite, it seems at times, range of Roetter’s vocals. From his low growls to his screeching highs and his melodic cleans that set this album apart from many others. The vocals aren’t the only thing on this album that stand out, the musicianship, while there is a lot of chugging and double bass, it has almost an erie feel to it at times. Such as in the album’s closer, The Great I Am, Chris’s voice along with just a drum beat at some points, and then adding bass in later, just gives the album an experimental feel to it. The band never officially disbanded but it is quite obvious that with Chris’s new band, Like Moths To Flames, and guitarist Kasey Smith’s project Romance On A Rocketship, and other members coming and going, that the band won’t be together any time soon. It is great, however, that we have the amazing album that is The Great I Am to remember them by for the time being.


Between The Trees has had a very large impact and served as a great amount of inspiration towards me. I had the privilege of meeting and talking with the band on more than one occasion. The band started with lead vocalist Ryan Kirkland and two brothers Josh and Jeremy Butler. After adding more members to their line-up, the band started to write and then released their debut album The Story and The Song through Bonded Records. The Story and The Song is a musical journey through the aspects of life that anyone can relate to. The albums lyrical content is nothing short of amazing. For me, the main topic that i took away from this album was relatablility (not a real word, just how i describe this album.) Every song on the album talks about situations and feelings that we as people can relate too. Lyrical content aside for a moment, the instrumentation on the album is stellar to say the least. The way the piano compliments Ryan’s voice is heart melting. With this album, so came along the bands strong relationship with the non-profit organization To Write Love On Her Arms, which is dedicated to helping those who are struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. The band has songs on The Story and The Song that show that they understand where people are coming from during hard times and that there is hope.

After releasing The Story and The Song, the band appeared on the Vans Warped Tour and then later announced that they had signed with Universal Motown Republic. However, before the release of their second album, the band announced that they had already parted ways with the label and had come to the conclusion they would distribute the album themselves. Parting ways with a label is a hard thing to do for a band, but Between The Tress decided to go back to being independent. After more line-up changes, the band released their second full-length album entitled Spain. Spain has a much different feel to it than The Story and The Song, but it is the best different type of feel ever. The first time I heard Ryan’s vocals on The Story and The Song, I didn’t think he could top that performance, but with this release, they proved me very wrong. His vocal range somehow has seemed to grow on this album and he hits every note with ease. A little over a year after the release of Spain, the band announced that they were going to go there separate ways at the end of the year. On December 6th and 7th, the band played their farewell shows with Aaron Gillespie as the opening act. The band also did a house tour before they disbanded, where they went to peoples houses and played an acoustic set just for them. It is safe to say that Between The Trees will always hold a special place in my heart and that they have deeply strengthened my love for music.

Okay, now it’s your turn. What bands hold a special place in your heart? What are some bands that have disbanded that you would love to see get back together? Comment and lets talk music.



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