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Downer to Disband this August
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00am in Disbandments, Lives, One-mans, Translations

Downer to Disband this August

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Downer have endured many a lineup change since their formation, and after the addition of their drummer and bassist last year, things appeared to be looking up. However nearly a month after the release of their latest mini album, those hopes of continuing on were shattered. Announced back in March, Downer stated that this August, they would be disbanding at their last live. An official statement as well as members comments were left on their OHP, all of which have been translated by Jackson for you below.

—An Important Message from DOWNER—

We have a grave announcement for all our fans. DOWNER have decided to disband following our August 26, 2014 concert at Takadanobaba AREA. We offer our most sincere thanks and apologies to all of our supportive fans, as well as our affiliates. Please keep cheering us on for the little time we have remaining.

DOWNER
Anzu ・Miu ・蝶-hirari- ・IZA ・MW

To all of our kind supporters:

We’ve decided to break up the band. Since we started, I’ve been saying more than I can keep track of, expressing my feelings on music, the band, or the stage. I’m very proud of the fact that no one else has outdone me in that respect.

I’ve made a band, and a world, a world of words; the moment the fear crept in that we might not be able to live in that world any longer, everything began to crumble. We found again and again that things were wrong, that we had to go back. But like before, we could no longer bring ourselves to smile.

A single word of ‘thanks’ can show a lot of gratitude. Regret, sadness, joy, gratitude, or whatever it may hold, that single word is full of this entire band’s thankfulness, which is greater than I can put into written words.

The people around me can say what they want, but Downer is the coolest band out there, and I loved it more than anyone. It’s not as simple as you think, to say that “I put my whole life into it, I was serious about it,” and that’s what I did.

This is all I can say for now, here. I want to put it in my own words.

I’m going to sing until the end like every breath is my last. It’s the only thing I can do.

Anzu

 

I’m so sorry to all our fans and supporters that we’re dissolving the band. I’m also truly grateful to the many fans who’ve cheered us on. DOWNER held an important place in my heart, as the center of my life. I met so many people, grew so much as a person, and got to go head on with everyone while making the music I love. It’s been a deeply fulfilling time. Our fans are all quite important to me as well. Thank you for being touched by our music.

The fact that we were able to take part in these kinds of activities at all is thanks to our many affiliates, and all of you. Thank you very much.

Precisely because our time left is now limited, I want to go forth treasuring every moment. I hope you’ll stick by us till the end.

Miu

DOWNER have decided to disband. I’m sorry to come out and suddenly stab everyone in the back like this. I can’t possibly thank all our supporters and affiliates enough.

There’s a lot I want to say about the reasons we’re breaking up and our sentiments, but there’s just so much to cover in every direction that I don’t know where to start. For now, just know that we were starting to feel the limits of what we could continue to do as DOWNER, and I had decided inwardly that if we were going to go about lying to everyone, than we might as well stop now.

DOWNER may be disbanding, but I hope that the cool music we made can live on even just a little bit in the hearts of all our supporters.

For the lives we have left before we break up, I intend to meet all of them with everything I’ve got so as not to leave any regrets behind, so I hope you’ll cheer us on in kind. I don’t know whether I’ll take the stage again sometime after we disband, so I hope you’ll come burn the five of us as DOWNER into your memory.

蝶-hirari-

 

First, I apologize from the bottom of my heart for betraying everyone’s hopes, and for not being able to meet all of your expectations.

When I joined the band just over a year ago in March, I hit the ground running with big goals. This isn’t a case of creative differences or falling out between the members. It’s just that in the year or so since I came on board, the futures and goals that each of us have been aiming for have begun to slide ever so slightly apart, and I think that’s the main factor. The band was so fun and we all got along so well that even I was surprised, so if our goal was just to keep the band going no matter what, I’m sure we’d have been able to keep it up for years. But everyone started to think of their own futures, what they want to do next, how they want the rest of their lives to go, and we’ve decided that breaking up was the best choice.

To be frank, I’m rather disappointed that this all came to an end in only a year, and I’d be lying to say that I won’t have any regrets at all, but this decision was made with an eye to our future lives, and the things we each want to do.

I’m full of more gratitude than I can express for all of our supporters. We may go our separate ways come August, but for our remaining four months, I hope we can all have fun together so that we have only good memories to look back on.

IZA

First of all, sorry that this came out of nowhere.

It hasn’t even been a year since I joined DOWNER, but it was full of good times, tough times, and worries, with a great band. Still, there’s no turning back from our decision, so we’ll be splitting up in August.

I’ve been here the shortest time out of anyone, but that doesn’t mean that my feelings toward DOWNER, which has been going on for about five years now, are any different from everyone else’s. So we’re going to do things right till the very end, and we hope you’ll turn out for us till the end too.

MW

 

Currently, no information on their final live has been posted on their homepage, but as soon as that becomes available, we’ll let you know. But for now, they have a full schedule for May, including a oneman. More information on each is listed below.

05.06 Birth Shinjuku
What: GOEMON RECORDS Presents GOEMON RECORDS 1st ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2014 REALies Sponsored「天より高く!鯉のぼりあらいず」(Ten yori Takaku! Koi no Bori Araizu)
With: REALies, NAINE, Crazy★shampoo, landz., the Raid., Carat, VOW
Cost: ¥3500 (¥4000 day of)

05.13 Kanazawa AZ
What: GOEMON RECORDS Presents GOEMON RECORDS 1st ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2014 「大名行列」(Daimyou Gyouretsu)
With: REALies, Arlequin, MoNoLith, GIGAMOUS, landz., Carat
Cost: ¥3300 (¥3800 day of)

05.14 Niigata GOLDEN PIGS RED STAGE
What: GOEMON RECORDS Presents GOEMON RECORDS 1st ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2014 「大名行列」(Daimyou Gyouretsu)
With: REALies, Arlequin, MoNoLith, GIGAMOUS, landz., Carat, XIBALBA
Cost: ¥3300 (¥3800 day of)

05.15 Sendai darwin
What: GOEMON RECORDS Presents GOEMON RECORDS 1st ANNIVERSARY TOUR 2014 「大名行列」(Daimyou Gyouretsu)
With: REALies, Arlequin, Hana Shounen Baddies, GIGAMOUS, landz., Carat, Crazy★shampoo
Cost: ¥3300 (¥3800 day of)

05.16 Nagoya ell.FITS ALL
What: EDGE Circuit ’14-春夏秋冬 (Shunkashuutou)
With: Grieva, AYABIE, Souiumono, Chanty, Minus Jinsei Orchestra, REIGN
Cost: ¥3000 (¥3500 day of)

05.17 Osaka FANJ twice
What: EDGE Circuit ’14-春夏秋冬 (Shunkashuutou)
With: Grieva, AYABIE, Souiumono, Chanty, Minus Jinsei Orchestra, REIGN
Cost: ¥3000 (¥3500 day of)

05.19 Birth Shinjuku
What: CЯOWN×CГOWN presents 『reflection of desire GOLD ~新宿絶対幽閉区域~ vol.36』(Shinjuku Zettai Yuuhei Kuiki)
With: SCAPEGOAT, Harmonia (Time Limited Project), The 3rd Birthday, DAMY, 「D」ESIRe, TesЯoa, TweiT, nano Mother ted, Faze, White Palette
Cost: ¥3500 (¥4000 day of)

05.23 TSUTAYA O-WEST
What: Downer Oneman 『サストマイヒノ』 (Sasutomaihino)
Cost: ¥3500 (¥4000 day of)

 

Source: OHP
Translation: Jackson

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