Damn, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Alabama Thunderpussy, one of my favorite local acts and namesake to this blog, have decided to end the band. I have copy and pasted the official statement from founding member and guitarist, Erik Larson that was posted earlier today on their message board:
It’s been a very quiet 2008 from us here in ATP thus far. I know there has been speculation and uncertainty about exactly what the status of the band is, and our apologies go out to y’all for being MIA. Finally, I’m able to give you an update. The beginning of 2008 brought yet more upheaval in the saga that is this band, when Kyle Thomas left the group to focus on his family and the impending Exhorder reunion. The remaining four of us had a band meeting and after serious discussion, decided to take a much deserved/needed few months hiatus to regroup and focus on home life and other individual projects. The “few months” seemed to flow into a bit longer as the summer progressed and we all dug deeper into our lives as individuals outside of ATP. Well, we finally regrouped and after much deliberation and thoughtful discussion, we have decided to end the band. There are no hard feelings between us and no bullshit politics. It’s pretty much just the end of an era. To quote George Harrison, all things must pass. And so after 12+ yrs of solid ATP mayhem, we call it a day. We can’t thank all of you enough for the tireless and seemingly endless support and friendship we received from you over the years, it was really fucking amazing and appreciated more than you know. Each one of us are still very active and involved in creating music and art and we hope you will bless us with your continued support of our individual endeavors. So if you would, raise your drink of choice in our honor and toast to the future.
I was just wondering the other day how the recent news of the reforming of Exhorder was going to affect Kyle's status in the band. From a longtime fan and friend of the band ATP will be missed as a group but I will definitely look forward to what may rise from the ashes of this. Good luck to all you guys in all future endeavors. As Erik requested, a toast to the future.
For more information about this announcement or to contribute to their message board you check it out here:
The End Of An Era