The rumors have been spreading for sometime now, but as of today, California post-hardcore act letlive. announced it will no longer be a band, via Facebook. The basic idea of this breakup comes from musical differences. I’m not going to say any more and cut straight to the chase.
The first time I listened to letlive. was back in 2012, when they were announced on Metallica’s Orion Festival, and while I was not going to that festival, I decided to listen to some of the artists anyway. From the moment I put on Fake History and heard “Le Prologue”, I knew I was in for something special. Jason’s lyrics were a new powerhouse of passion I’ve never heard before, and the instrumental was unique and aggressive. Over the course of time, I would listen to this LP over and over again, and soon enough, it became my absolute favorite piece of music to come out of the post-hardcore genre, and one of my absolute favorite LPs of all-time, period. Songs like “H. Ledger” and “Day 54” are just masterpieces, in my opinion. The passion that flowed in the music was something like no other, and could only be matched by their live performance.
The next year, they would release The Blackest Beautiful, which while I did have my gripes with the production, the music itself was nonetheless amazing. Songs like “27 Club” and “Dreamer’s Disease” are some of my favorites by the group. Last year, they released an LP entitled If I’m the Devil…, while was an LP that very much divided their fanbase, as it experimented with a lot of different types of rock music. That said, I loved it. So much so, that my first review on Metal Lifestyle was analyzing and reviewing the LP. While I do still love the music and message of this LP, I have a personal connection with it. One that I didn't go over in my review.
If I’m the Devil… was my most anticipated LP of the first half of 2016, because I already loved letlive., and it was their first LP in three years. The weeks leading up to it, however, were some of the worst of my life. For starters, I got mononucleosis and was basically bedridden for a month’s time. This took a serious toll on my mental health, and things only got worse when my girlfriend at the time broke up with me after three years. In brief, I felt pretty damn hopeless. And then… the LP came out, and it was the first time since before I got mono that I felt happy. This LP helped me get through one of the toughest times of my life, and for that, I could never thank it enough. When I saw letlive. tour for the LP in July, I got the chance to tell Jason how much the band and their music meant to me. Anyone who has met the guy know’s how humble and down-to-earth he is, so he showed his gratitude gave me one of the best hugs I’ve ever gotten.
I’m upset at the idea of never getting to hear new letlive. material or see them live ever again. That said, I’ve been lucky enough to say that I’ve seen the group twice, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the sheer fact that I’ve been with this band for the last five years.
To Jason, Ryan, Jeff, and Loniel, and everyone who has ever been part of letlive… thank you. Thank you for the music. Thank you for the passionate as fuck live performances. Thank you for being one of the most important bands to me, period. I’ll miss you guys terribly, but I will dedicate this entire day to you.
Long fucking live letlive.
- Alex Brown