Most people don’t know the effect they have on others.
Now that I’m back in America, and finished with a long few days of travel back from an amazing 5 month trip in Asia, I wanted to address The Click Five announcement that we will no longer be releasing any new material or touring.
Some fans and friends have been posting videos, songs, etc from our TC5 days, some have said they’re sad, most if not all are supportive of our futures, some saying that our “breakup” was not as intense as other bands breaking up and that they don’t really care (haha, gotta love it). Seeing people respond in any way really shows me how much we can effect others, especially as a musician. It’s the best feeling. It’s why we do it. It’s those sparks and moments in a writing session or in the studio, when you surprise yourself and do something incredible or finally hit that note or nail that part you’ve been killing to nail. It’s that perfect storm of those sparks and moments being recorded, released, and actually reaching people, sometimes millions, that makes it all worthwhile. It’s hard to explain the feeling, and I still don’t fully understand it (nor do I want to), but I know I’m addicted.
I wanted to thank my bandmates for everything they taught me during our time as TC5. I came into the band very young at 19 and more or less developed into a man during those years. To Joe, Ben, Ethan, and Joey, time after time you guys took me under your collective wings and had my back, and when a lot of people may have disagreed that the band had a new singer, you kept your faith in me and taught me everything you knew, sometimes not really knowing your effect on me and how positive and long-lasting it was/still is. I have no idea where I’d be today had I not auditioned and joined the band in 2006/7, but I don’t want to know, because the experiences we had were something I only thought existed in dreams, and then they became reality, extreme reality, and so fast. I owe so much to you guys and want to continue our friendship until we die. I’m willing to make sure that happens. Thank you for everything.
To everyone along the way who helped us, promoted us, booked us at your club, spread our music, worked at our record label, management, no real amount of success would have been possible without you. We created something really special as a band on stage and in the studio, but we needed your help and guidance to get it out into the world in the biggest way. This list of friends and colleagues is too long to write everyone, but you know who you are. Those friends that were always there, and still are. Hung out with us during tough times, and good times alike. Thank you.
To the fans – I don’t even know where to begin. You have helped me endlessly since I joined the band. Not a single day, or even hour, has gone by where I don’t think of you and appreciate you. With every tour, we met new people, and got re-acquainted with fans from past shows. All of you special in your own right. We heard compliments, constructive criticisms, stories from you about how our music moved you, saw videos you made covering our songs, saw your tattoos of us, heard from you that we’ve inspired you to be a musician, to tell that person you loved them, to tell that person how you really felt… all because of our songs. These are not things that we really know are happening until you mention it to us, and every time it’s like the first time. Again – most people don’t know the effect they have on others and go through life thinking they’re small and no one listens to them. Well I’m here to say that people are listening. I know this because I’ve seen it happen over and over again, and felt small, until I get a message, email, tweet, Facebook post, or video showing me that someone cares and was listening. Thank you to everyone who listened.
As for the announcement that we will no longer be releasing music or touring as The Click Five. It may be cliche, but this is not an end, only a new beginning. This announcement does not mean that we will not ever work together again. I still think we create something really special when we join up, but we were ready to move on in our lives and try new things, become our own people, and develop into this new stage of adulthood. Of course we have positive memories of what we accomplished together, which looking back is so much. I know how talented my bandmates are, and I want to work with them in the future in any capacity, even if it isn’t billed as TC5.
I FULLY believe that our best work is yet to come, for each of us, in whatever it is that we do. One thing I always liked about us is that we always wanted to keep evolving. I know that this is still intact. We will take the experiences with TC5 and move into this new chapter with full intention of getting better and better and better.
Moving forward – I hope you all support what we do individually and collectively and come along with us on our new journeys. We would love it if you did. I doubt we’ll be any less weird though, so i hope that is ok.
Thanks and I’ll keep making music and working my ass of to come to you and perform for you and meet you. There is still so much to do in life!