The group, American Aquariam, has disbanded. Frontman, BJ Barham, confirmed the news on Instagram with a lengthy post.
The post reads: “I started American Aquarium in my college dorm room back in 2005 with the hopes of building a band to bring my songs to life. Over the last 12 years I’ve played 3000+ shows with 26 different members of American Aquarium. We’ve been to 13 countries, 46 states and have recorded 9 albums under the American Aquarium name.
It is with a heavy heart that I’m here to say the current lineup of American Aquarium is no more. Bill, Kevin, Ryan, Colin and Whit have decided to move on to the next chapter in their lives and pursue other ventures. There is no ill will and I sincerely wish them nothing but the best of luck on whatever path life decides to take them down and I hope you will too. What we had for the last few years went beyond friendship. These guys are my family and I will always look back to this version of the band fondly. That said, American Aquarium isn’t going anywhere. Like most things in life, band members change, however these songs and my dreams of playing them for folks every night do not. I’ve had to replace 20+ band members over the last decade and this time, although much harder, will be no different. If you’ve ever met me, you know that there isn’t an ounce of quit in me, so after my annual summer solo tour in May/June I will be hitting the studio with a new group of musicians to work on American Aquarium’s seventh full length record entitled “Things Change” and will be playing full band AA shows throughout the rest of 2017 and into the new year. This band is a living organism and like all living things, it’s ever evolving. The songs…the music…and sadly, the band itself. If this is where you get off the AA rollercoaster, let me thank you from the bottom of my heart for the years of love and support you have shown me and the boys. If you’re sticking around, rest assured that I will continue to work as hard as I always have to write and perform the most honest music I’m capable of. The best is yet to come. I love you all and as always thanks for supporting live, original, independent music.
Onward and Upward.