From Autumn To Ashes has apparently called it quits, though members are refraining from using the word "break-up." FATA frontman Francis Mark has issued the following:
"At this point I feel that we have accomplished everything we could have hoped for with FATA. It doesn't feel much like a break up. Just feels like the end. It's complete. I would say that we are going on indefinite hiatus because the term breakup suggests a more negative circumstance. There have been no quarrels between band members. It is also not a question of fan support because we are lucky to have some of the most loyal and impassioned friends a band could ask for. Thank you again for the overwhelming support of our last album. I've dedicated almost 9 years to FATA and it's become something of a security for me."
Notably, Mark and FATA guitarist Rob Lauritsen recently launched a new band called Warship. According to Mark, "I'm looking forward to feeling uncertain and the freedom of starting a new band that has no definition. We don't have any expectations or specific goals with Warship. We just want to play loud, have fun and share some positive music with our friends."
Warhip is currently in a New York studio recording their debut release with producer Andrew Schneider (Cave In, Pelican). The as-yet-untitled disc is due out on Vagrant Records later this fall.
Mark explains: "The name Warship comes from a time last year when I was making worship candles (the tall, skinny glass jar candles you get in Brooklyn dollar stores and bodegas)," continues Mark. "They have paintings of saints on one side and a prayer on the opposite. I was buying blank candles and doing my own paintings on them. A friend asked me on a phone call what had I been up to and when I said "making worship candles", she thought that I meant candles with actual warships on them. This led me to thinking about the relationship between the two. How discouraging it is when 'worship' begets 'warships'."