It is always sad to see a band call it quits.
What’s sadder is when it is a band full of your friends who you have known for a long time.
Akron/Cleveland punk act The Facials recently announced that they are going to throw in the towel. In a proper approach, they are going to play one more show before disbanding.
Note that the band is not breaking up because they hate each other but rather because they are soon to be a bit distant from one another.
I have seen the Facials countless times and have always enjoyed their live shows. From playing the ever elegant Chuck’s Steakhouse in good ol’ Akron, to playing both stages at the Agora in Cleveland, I can honestly say they have played solid sets.
They have shared stages with Rancid, White Wives, Street Dogs, Whole Wheat Bread, Civit, Swingin’ Utters, and even The Menzingers just to name a few.
Hell, I remember the time the band did a NOFX set. That was one hell of a night…
Bummed to see them split, but I understand totally. I know they didn’t want it to end, and I think Chad said it best on his Facebook post about the band coming to an end:
There has never been a show that lacked the energy we aimed to create, so hopefully everyone can make it out one last time to end it right!
I consider myself lucky to have befriended these guys. I was introduced to them back when The Narcoleptics X5 were still playing drunk shows in the early 2000s. I liked their Pennywise approach and tried to hit every show they played. From there, I would see other live shows with them and party until I would fall down a flight of steps.
I remember when we would all hit up the Warped Tour and be the old men heckling all the kids. Good times.
As the years passed, things started slowing down for them with their day gigs taking up their free time and most of the band getting married and whatnot. I really am stoked to hear that they are going to play one last show. This will be the prefect farewell to a bunch of good dudes what have been doing their thing for almost 13 years.
Come see the band play one last hurrah at Now That’s Class on Friday, March 21st with special guests Night Sweats, The Old One-Two, and a couple other acts to be announced.