This morning, a few emails came into Stranger HQ asking why Titanium Sporkestra—a popular punk-rock marching/brass band and regulars at HONK! Fest—would post something like this on their Facebook page:
After asking around, it sounds like internal band politics and unresolved frustrations tore TS apart. David Stern, Titanium's former manager, sent an explanation I'll post below.
This is a really tough time for me and our whole community and I fear that some more joy of Seattle's music scene is now gone. After 5 years together and many different lineup changes, my project Titanium Sporkestra is no longer a functioning band. This decision came after frustrations amongst the band and its leadership could not or would not be resolved.
Managing a band with this many strong-willed members is extremely difficult at times, but not without its outstanding rewards. Unfortunately, the rest of the players in the band no longer stood behind me as their manager and leader and decided to break up the band/fire the manager. This was truly shocking for me and has left me feeling empty and without a solid foundation to my life...
From this point forward members of Titanium Sporkestra will be working on their own projects and bands and will have more free time to do other things. This band has always been demanding of its members, requiring multiple practices per week and up to 70 performances per year, including 3 tours. I am the only fulltime performer/producer in the band and the late nights started to take a toll on the working class. When the demand for quality and time became too much, I believe the rest of the members couldn't, or did not want to continue, in the direction I had been taking the band.
I wish them all the best of luck with whatever they do. I will continue to perform, write music, and produce METALESQUE! at the Columbia City Theater as well as host and produce many other shows under the "Reckless Revue" moniker with my soon-to-be wife, Madisun Avenue.
Bands come, bands grow, and then bands break up. Nothing gold can stay.