Getting banned often comes with the turf. It may have to do with a band's style or sound, but more often someone in a position of authority objects to a public statement or song lyrics. That Post-Hardcore band Letlive was dropped from a '15 show at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL was not surprising. That they were even booked at the Disney owned venue was the real puzzler. They were scheduled to perform with Taking Back Sunday and The Menzingers. Still, it would have been nice to hear the reasoning - if any.
"We have just been notified by the people at Disney Orlando/HOB that we have been pulled from the event. We cannot offer any details as to why since we were given none ourselves," read a Letlive statement.
So the group weighed-in with their own tongue-in-cheek hypothesis. "Rumor has it that Goofy, Pluto, and most of Toontown were in protest against the decision, but Chairman Mouse exercised veto powers and struck down the proposition in the end."
Founded in L.A., Letlive almost immediately began rolling through a succession of lead guitarists, rhythm guitarists and drummers. Bassist Ryan Jay Johnson replaced founding member Christian Johansen in '05. And with guitarist Ben Sharp's '09 departure, frontman Jason Butler was the only original member.
The group earned a reputation for intense live shows with dueling guitars, intricate rhythms and intense vocals. In addition, Butler was known for destroying equipment and launching himself into the crowd - often getting injured in the process.
An '03 EP, "Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between" and two full-length albums, '05's "Speak Like You Talk" and '10's "Fake History" dropped before Letlive signed with Epitaph Records. The label rereleased "Fake History" in '11 adding three tracks.
Letlive's third full-length album, "The Blackest Beautiful" received a positive critical reception, just as "Fake History" had. The '13 set landed at #74 on the Billboard 200 and #6 on Hard Rock Albums survey, selling nearly five thousand copies.
Shortly after the Disney incident guitarist Jean Nascimento announced that he was leaving after eight years. "It's been a great journey. Thank you all, very much," Nascimento wrote on Instagram. No explanation for the departure was given.
2005 Speak Like You Talk
2010 Fake History
2013 The Blackest Beautiful
2003 Exhaustion, Salt Water, And Everything In Between