After 15 years together and four full-length albums released, Detroit post-hardcore outfit Chiodos is sadly coming to an end – that is, according to longtime frontman Craig Owens in a recent interview with Billboard.
“It’s done,“ says Owens. ”[The band] just couldn’t stay afloat. There were just kind of, not necessarily bad vibes, but we came to the realization that we can’t do it full-time. I think it just stopped becoming a passion for all of us, so we said, ‘Alright, let’s stop.'”
So, just like that, any hope of a Chiodos 10-year anniversary tour of 2007′s classic Bone Palace Ballet has been completely shattered. In its place, though, is Owens newly formed Frank Ocean-ish project BXC – a.k.a. badXchannels.
“This was the most natural thing I could do,” Owens explains. “It just feels right. It just feels natural. It’s just the right time for me right now, in my life, to do this. I wasn’t sitting around thinking, 'How can I pivot on everybody? How can I do something to surprise everybody?’ or anything like that. I get that it does surprise people. I find some excitement and joy in that."
While Owens is no stranger to part-time projects aside from Chiodos like Cinematic Sunrise, Bea5t and the supergroups The Sound of Animals Fighting, Isles & Glaciers, and Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows, the vocalist confirms this new venture will be one that lasts.
"This is it for me. This is what I’m going to be doing full-time. I think I need to introduce this to my fans, one on one. I’m planning to put out a few records with this. I’m just excited to develop this thing and move forward in the next phase of my musical orientation.”
To check out BXC’s debut single, be sure to stream “One Car Funeral” below. Afterwards, for more including pre-orders to the new five-track EP WHYDFML (available November 18 via Sharptone Records), head here.