Music history is replete with bands that have gone out with a bang leaving a lasting impact that has lingered for generations. Like all good things, bands too come with an expiry date and the truly timeless bands have always ensured they take their exit very seriously. With bands like Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and more recently Black Sabbath releasing their swansongs, MetroPlus wonders what happens after bands call it quits and explores their final impressions and comebacks.
Even as David Gilmour’s assembly of Pink Floyd’s final jam sessions of 1993 gave rise to the iconic band’s final resting tribute in the album The Endless River and Deep Purple’s two-part From the Setting Sun… To The Rising Sun as well as David Bowie’s parting gift Blackstar, it only seems fitting to ask bands in the city ‘what next?’.
Freelance drummer James Prabhakar, who used to play with his college band until recently, says a last album is not always a bad thing. “Fans often receive a last album from a popular band with sadness. But that doesn’t have to be the case. A last album is a firm testament and tribute that the band gives to its fans for all their love and support. Such a dedication should be celebrated.
We should, in fact, be proud to say that we are the generation that legendary bands signed off. And they are not fading away, but rather going out in glorious form.”
Guitarist Ankit Suryakanth, who used to play with trash metal Theorized and is currently a member of prog metal band Eccentric Pendulum, says there are various reasons a band breaks up after an album. “What’s more important to do is go out with a bang. Gone are the days of releasing a CD. The first thing to do is promote it on social media.
And the only place where they can sell it offline is when they perform. Stocking albums in music stores doesn’t really work nowadays. A final tour is always a fantastic way to go out with a flourish.”
Vickram ‘Vicky’ Kiran, the bassist for fat rock band All The Fat Children, who used to play with metal band Spitfire, says interests differ sometimes. “And a last album allows the artistes to move on to a new direction. Life also catches you on the way. Age, differences in interests and pressure from fans and cult followers gets to you soon. It’s a bit of a struggle.”
He adds: “In my younger days, last albums used to make us sad and nostalgic. We used to wonder why can’t they just come back together. However, in some cases the founder members may have passed on. Reunion shows do happen but if the member has passed away, they’re almost irreplaceable. There’s only so much you can do.” He further points out: “Recording in a studio is one thing, but after putting out new material you need to tour, which is another thing completely, especially if you have a full itinerary.”