Back in 2007, Drive-Thru Records recording artists The Early November announced an indefinite hiatus. The announcement was met with a disappointed fan-base and a tearful farewell, including this RIP video on YouTube.
In a seemingly short time together, over the span of seven years, the New Jersey quintet had signed to their dream record label, played over 1,000 shows, sold over 400,000 records, and played sets on the coveted Vans Warped Tour. Their triple-disc album The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path debuted at number 31 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in July 2006.
So why call it quits? In a released statement five years ago, the band expressed their bittersweet outlook: “We’ve decided we need to take some time and see that life isn’t all dirty rock clubs, rest stops at 2 am, and long distance phone calls. We have to be where we haven’t been in the past six years; with our friends, family, and loved ones.”
Last year, after a long hiatus, The Early November reunited and signed to Rise Records, a Portland-based record label. Their first record in six years, titled In Currents, is set to be released July 3rd. The band’s dedicated fans are welcoming them back with open arms and open ears in anticipation of the new album.
This reunion didn’t seem possible at first, as vocalist/rhythm guitarist Ace Enders explained: “A year ago, the rest of the band and I never thought we’d be doing this again, yet here we are.” The title of the upcoming album refers to “the idea of being pulled in a direction that you can’t control, like an ocean current or a flow of electricity,” Enders said. The pull of fate, or destiny, or whatever you want to call it, seemed too strong for the band members to ignore.
Experience The Early November‘s much-anticipated return to the Pacific Northwest on Monday, June 4, at Seattle’s El Corazon. Fellow indie rockers The Wonder Years, The Swellers, and Young Statues will open the show. Tickets are on sale now!