Seattle-based post-hardore outfit These Arms are Snakes have announced their breakup after seven year together as a band. The band issued the following statement concerning their end:
It's with a heavy heart we tell you that These Arms Are Snakes is no more. It's been a great run and we'd like to send out a very hearty "Thank You" to everyone that we've worked with or anyone that we've toured with; anyone that lent us a floor, towed our van and / or trailer, lent a van, given us a listen, downloaded our records prior to their coming out, bought our shit, or asked us where our band name came from; everyone who cooked us food, made habanero-infused tequila, had a safety meeting with us, let Steve gyrate all over you, had to live with any of us, made us pay shitloads of money to get off your punk label, got us into LOST, found Steve drunkenly wandering the streets of Tokyo alone, played Madlibs in the van (plural nouns), lost money promoting one of our shows, took Chris to the hospital, put up with our drunken sorry asses, got into a fight with us, etc. etc. This band could not have been possible without all of you. We sincerely thank you.
These Arms are Snakes' last two full-lengths, 2006's Easter and 2008's Tail Swallower & Dove were rated by myself as the top album's of their respective years. The band's first full-length, Oxeneers or The Lion Sleeps When Its Antelopes Go Home, was also highly regarded in 2004 - as was the remainder of their catalog. The band's breakup is one that is met with great sadness. Not only was These Arms are Snakes' recording output always of top quality, but their live show was even more impressive and always highly entertaining. Today is truly a sad day; especially since I was hoping for a new LP in 2010.