Hi, guys. It's Riley.
Just wanted to drop in (rather than lurk) and thank you all for being honest, open, supportive, (sometimes dickish/shitty/vitriolic/misinformed to the point of frustration, yet still kind of awesome in a weird way), and thank you for being faithful to the band for the past ~14 years.
The internet is a big place. If you get sent enough links to a particular place, you're bound to read and follow if the things you're reading (in said place) are interesting/informative/so ridiculous that you can't turn away. I posted on Buddyhead for a long time back in the early '00s, and this place kinda reminds me of the old BH board in a few ways. That's why I always lurked...sometimes (pre-tour, post-record leak) more than others.
In short (err..long, I guess), THANK YOU. I know a ton of you traveled a long way and spent a ton of money to come spend the past tour with us. It means a lot, and it certainly doesn't go unrecognized. I've met several of you over the years, and I hope I've had the chance to let you know, in person, how much I appreciate what you've done for us. None of this was possible without you guys.
I'm gonna draft something re: the "hiatus" in the next few days that I'll post on hermitology.com, but just wanted to pop my head in here and say thanks before I did that, because most have you have been in this thing for the long haul.
I'm still having trouble figuring out how to (eloquently) put the emotions I've felt over the past two months into a post that might make sense to people (who haven't been on this side of the curtain or haven't been following the band for a long time into words), but I think I'll get there.
Thank you all for caring enough to spend time/money/energy/keystrokes/energy on a band that I was lucky to be a part of.
Hopefully we'll see you sooner than later.