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The Reticent Calls It Quits

Chris Hathcock of The Reticent has issued the following statement about the band calling it quits:

"Regretfully, I have not mapped out exactly what I wish to say here and so, foolishly, I shall be writing it as it comes to mind. Yet, I feel I must say what I must in an urgent manner so I pray you will bear with me.

"It is with a great sense of sorrow that I officially announce that I am hereby ending the project known as The Reticent. This was far from an easy decision to make but I feel a most necessary one. This project is to be considered dead.

"I arrive at this decision due to several factors. My own life demands are certainly strong players in this decision. The lifestyle of an underground musician is one rife with uncertainty and a great deal of personal sacrifice. For over ten years, I have been willing to make any sacrifice I had to - money, time, travel - to be able to perform. Yet, now my life is not so accommodating. I have burdens that make allowing this to be a priority rather difficult. Outside of my own personal restraints, I have long felt there to be little interest or support for this project. Please do not mistake me - I realize that there are some truly devoted fans of this music and for that I am beyond grateful. Though on the whole, I do not feel that much will be lost in the eyes of anyone if I let this go. There comes a point in every musician's career where he just doesn't feel like playing for no one anymore. Despite the acclaim I have received and flattering reviews, I don't know that there is a place for The Reticent anywhere. It seems most miss the point of my project or feel it is "too this" or "too that" and so this project remains hidden. As my gracious label's owner says, I am quite "a square peg trying to fit into a round hole.". Many fans have asked why don't I play more shows. The truth? Clubs won't book me. Often the excuse is they don't know how to classify my music and therefore have no idea what to put with it. Others would say it is "too depressing". After spending a few years trying to get opportunities to perform for people and actually go somewhere, it has become solemnly apparent that I am not what they believe "the people want". Which may very well be true and I do not begrudge them for their decisions. But how long can a dog scratch on the door before he figures that no one will let him in?

"I've never known exactly what to call The Reticent. It just is. I suppose in that way I sabotaged it from the beginning. As such, I take the sole responsibility for its failure. And I want to graciously acknowledge all that have played a part in this bizarre little love child of mine:

"I would like to thank my father who not only served as an executive producer on Amor Mortem but gave me my first guitar and is the reason I was able to do any of what I have done in the first place. If not for him, I would have never done any of it. I would like to thank Jeremy Golden for taking a chance on me and trying his hardest to sell this square peg project. I would like to thank Ian Schreier for his dedicated work on putting together Amor Mortem in 4 days (2 days of recording for an album IS insane!). I want to say thank you to all the clubs and venues that have been kind enough to take a chance on me - Somewhere Else Tavern, Volume 11 Tavern, The Black Cat, Manifest Discs, Jack Sprat's, Solaris Lounge, Medusa's, SK Net Cafe, Charlotte's Underground, and anywhere else I forgot. And most importantly, I want to thank everyone that ever came to a show, bought a CD or a shirt, or ever gave me a chance. It is cliché to say thanks for listening but I have always truly meant it. It has meant more than the world to me that any of you ever listened to my thoughts put to music and got something from it. I am so fortunate to have felt that and I will always be indebted to you all.

"I do have material written for what would have been my third album and I will most likely continue to write because I write the songs because I need to. Will I record a final album or do a farewell show? Most likely not. I don't feel there are enough people who enjoy my music to justify such a thing. The Reticent shall simply quietly fade away. Is there the chance of a return? I'd be lying if I said this was the first time I put this project down, but I doubt it. If I felt there was a great demand for this music I suppose I would feel it incumbent upon me to ressurect it. But I don't see that happening.

"I can never say thank you enough times to those of you who showed such kindness and support to me. I will never forget that. Thank you to everyone on my friends list - even the bands/businesses that used friend blaster to add me and never have even looked at this page - because it has been my honor to be in anyway acknowledged by you.

"I wish you all the best in the world. Perhaps we'll meet again one day."

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