On October 7th, 2005, Emily posted the news about them breaking up. Here is what she/they had to say.
THE BIG NEWS
Hi everyone. I’m sure you’re all aware that there hasn’t been any news in months, and unfortunately the only news I have to report is bad. Tsunami Bomb has broken up.
Now, if you’re a fan and friend of ours (who this letter is directed to anyway), your first thought is probably “NO!” and your second thought is “WHY?” Well, there are many factors that have come into this decision to break up. Fortunately, there is absolutely no drama going on between band members. We are all still friends and hang out, and the last 7 years (or 2 or 3, depending on member) have been some of the best of our lives. We got to tour the world and make lifelong friends on the way. We all still love music and love playing music. Sadly, the breakup is because of everything but the music. Over the years, while steadily growing more and more successful, we’ve also become more and more weighed down by the business end of the music industry. The side that you guys don’t see as music listeners is immense. Managers, labels, sales numbers, sound scans, agents, producers, accountants, lawsuits, royalties, contracts... the list goes on and on. If all of these parts of the business stay aligned and go as planned, things should be easy to handle. That has not been our case. We’ve actually nearly broken up before each record has come out, for different reasons each time. This time we decided we would get ahead of the mess and stay friends.
Although all this must seem very selfish of us, we do wish that things would not have gone this way. Personally, my main regret is letting all of you down. We are eternally grateful for the support you’ve shown us throughout our existence: most of you have stuck by us through member changes, musical evolutions, etc. and we won’t forget it. You are the reason we’ve kept going for so long -- without you, we would have ended years ago in a garage, practicing in front of a bunch of 6-year-old neighborhood kids. Tsunami Bomb fans have been some of the nicest, friendliest, most courteous punk rock concertgoers ever -- other bands should be honored to have you guys as fans. We owe it to you to answer any questions you have about our breakup, our futures, or whatever else you want to talk about. A few of us will be present on the message board as often as possible to help with this (and a few of us don’t have the internet). The message board will be up for at least a few more months. Also, we’ll be maintaining our myspace page and kinda using that as a mailing list, because our mailing list is now defunct. We will have some announcements coming up about remaining merch sales (we do still have all of those new designs I promised you months ago)!
So that’s the news. The remainder of this letter contains all of Tsunami Bomb’s “credits”: a thank you to anyone we can think of who ever helped us throughout our career. But the biggest thank you goes to YOU, the people who care. Read the other letter that’s directed specifically towards you. Here is the list (in some order but not a strict one):
Dave Ferreria. Chuck Phelps. Steve Backman. Ron Opaleski & Craig Mogill at WMA. Doug Elkins. Ron Wallace. Dave & Val Major. Paul & Andie. Chris Lindeman. Hunter Bergan. Kelley Brogan. Andy, James, & Diesel Fuel. Dan Garcia. Jeff “King Poopie” Ng. Renee Sonsini. Denise Stewart. Sandra, Joe, & Kung Fu (employee list follows). Anyone who was ever a member or filling in for Tsunami Bomb: Logan Whitehurst (for all the artwork too), Josh Lindeman, Kristen McCrory, Tim Chaddick, Justin Brioso, Rob Read, Brian Bourke, Courtney Foster, Dominic Davi, Mike Griffen. Anyone who ever went out and worked for us on the road: Julie Bourke, Chloe Krumel, Kristin Russell, Brett Holt, Brandon Paski, Dan Kelly, Ariana Davi, Tina Candelo, Doug Elkins, Jen Cooper, Eliott Whitehurst, Robin Cradles. Kung Fu employees who have all had their part (I know I won’t remember all of them, but this is the best I can do): Kris, Aysha, Miki, Brian, Andrew, Sharry, Moon, Nate, Anita, Keith, Koko, Irene, Mickey, Tony, Nikki, Didi, Lenneke. Scott Heisel and everyone at AP. Justin Borucki. Trish Leeper. Piper Ferguson. Lisa Johnson. Valarie Ortiz. Interpunk. Jeff & Hot Topic. Kevin Lyman, Lisa Brownlee, Girlz Garage, & everyone at Warped Tour. Everyone at Macbeth & Atticus. Gooch, Alan “The Grave” Steelgrave at ESP. Tien & Mesa Boogie. Ernie Ball. Truth Custom Drums. Paiste. Meinl. Charlie from Houston. Bill Stevenson. Dawn Heiser. Mike & Jenny Poorman. Jayson Collard. Sergio Chavez. Chris Johnson. Sean Hartman. Sachi & Shingo. Joe Sib & Side One Dummy. Fanscape. Sara Webb. Aron & Tess Whitehurst. Ted Bruner. Dennis Ly. Melissa Sierra. The bands (of whom there will accidentally be a few unlisted but not forgotten): Luckie Strike, Boy Kicks Girl, Little Tin Frog, My New Life, The Bouncing Souls & crew (Kate, Bob, Wilkie, Dave, Nick), Scattered Fall, 3 Day Weekend, Pipedown, The Loved Ones, Hot Water Music, Thrice, Avenged Sevenfold, Audio Karate, The Vandals, The Ataris, AFI, The Living End, Flogging Molly, Not Katies, Fairview, Kiev, I am Ghost, The Eyeliners, theStart, Strike Anywhere, Counterfit, Ariel Mile, the Velvet Teen, The New Trust, Poison the Well, Rise Against, Only Crime, Hot Rod Circuit, Kalifornia Redemption, Loose Change, Burnside, Motion City Soundtrack, Ry-Ry & FATA, Death By Stereo, Belvedere, Over It. Some of the great clubs around the country (same disclaimer as above): the Glasshouse, the Troubadour, the Phoenix Theater, Slim’s, Bottom of the Hill, the Metro, the Downtown (RIP), the Triple Rock, First Ave., the Ascot Room, the Knitting Factory (NYC), Soma, the Meow Meow, Emo’s. We thank all the foreign countries who have ever hosted us and let us in: Japan, England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Spain, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Canada... mostly. Our families: the Whitehursts (including Julie and Eric), the Mackenzies (including Celine!), the Lindemans & Kara, the Northingtons & Monica, the Ramseys, the Brogans, Faye & the Dunstans, the Friesens, the Majors, Chad & Kate, Duncan & Stephanie. And of course, our Bomb Squad. We owe so much to you. You did a lot of hard work that you were not paid for. I wish we could have had more Bomb Squad parties... 2 was not enough! All our fans who became friends, you know who you are. Thank you for being there at all the shows, bringing cookies and smiles. We will miss those faces. Sorry this letter is so long. Thanks for reading, and see you on the internet.
M, Matt, Gabe, & Jay
PS: For those of you who are still dying to know, my name is Emily Whitehurst.
PPS: Have at it, Punknews!