Canandian indie rock band the Constantines never exactly said the words “break up,” but that has been the assumption of music fans for the last three and half years. During an interview in 2010 lead singer Bry Webb used the term “slowing down” to explain what his band was doing, which is maybe a step below “indefinite hiatus,” in the scheme of things. There has been no news about them since then, but today that’s changed. In addition to announcing a reissue of the 2003 album Shine A Light the band will begin touring again this summer. In a statement released on their website Webb explained his recent desire to reunite the band.
A great irony in all of this, is that I’ve become more aware of what the Cons meant to people in the years since the band last played together, than I ever was while we were active. I suppose that’s no grand revelation – you often have to get outside of something to get a picture of what it is. We are grateful that people love this band so much. We love it too. In the past year, we’ve had perfect occasions to reconnect with one another, to play together in various forms, and to talk again as brothers do. Timing has never been the Cons’ greatest strength, and as we watched the occasion of the 10th Anniversary of Shine A Light pass by, we joked together, saying, “well, maybe we’ll do something for the 11th…”
Webb has promised more details soon, and you can read the full statement at theconstantines.wordpress.com.