Grand Rapids pop-punk band The Lippies have called it quits.
You can read a statement from the band below.
The Lippies released their self-titled album on March 4th through Red Scare Industries.
Hey everyone, this is Tonia talking right now. It is with a heavy heart- one full of love, gratitude, and an ever developing sense of self- awareness that I make this announcement: I have decided to pull the plug on The Lippies. This band was started to help me get things off my chest. I needed a healthy outlet for my feelings and was lucky enough to fall into a group of awesome people who were willing to help me simply by doing what they love to do- by writing and playing music. The stars truly aligned for us, catapulting us to a level of success that I never imagined reaching in such a short amount of time. Don’t get me wrong, we put in some fucking work. Kole doubled as our bassist and basically band manager/booking agent for the majority of our time together while steering us away from mistakes that young bands typically make. Taylor pumps out more ideas for amazing songs than he knows what to do with. David has gone far out of his comfort zone to keep us in time during shows and on time to shows. I sang until my vocal chords ached and put everything I had into our shows until my body broke. For the past year and a half, this band has kept me on my toes. I never knew what was coming next. New experience after new experience helped me learn something about myself and what I needed to be and stay happy. I’ve always known that at some point I might have to say “when” if we landed in a situation that no longer felt right. When asked about our future as a band, because we’ve never had a real plan, the answer has always been that we will continue until it no longer feels right. And guys, it no longer feels right to me. The Lippies was therapy. I don’t believe I was meant to follow the career path I was heading down (at least not now, and not at such a quick pace) but I am so fucking grateful that I tried it out, and we tried it together. None of us are done with music, not by a long shot. But what I do know now, as we’ve gotten to know each other, is that we may want different things and that is okay. I will never get over how unbelievably well we worked together during our time as a band and how special that is. I want to apologize to anyone who was looking forward to seeing us in the future and I know that I am letting some people down with this announcement. I know that Red Scare has put in a lot of work to get us out there and I am sorry that my timing and my instincts are incredibly inconvenient right now. I know that us dropping an entire tour means a lot of work for multiple people and I will always feel bad for that. I know it is unprofessional, but I tried my best. I suppose I’m not cut out to be a professional musician at the moment. And I do just mean me, not Kole, Taylor or David. Just me. I haven’t always taken the best care of myself (as many of you know) but it’s time for me to move on from all of that, and from this band. Health comes first!
Thank you everyone for everything.