stop breaking up/going on hiatuses/whatever. It makes fans an emotional wreck and most of the time, comes out of nowhere. Especially when a band says “this is just a break, there’s always a chance we’ll make music together again”. In that case they probably will in like a year. This is why I feel like all bands should just be like Brand New, Glassjaw, etc. That way you’re still a band, do things at your own pace, only make announcements when needed to, release music when you want, play shows when you want, and fans won’t get mad about not hearing anything from you for months/years. Like seriously wouldn’t an announcement be so much better if it was just like “we’re taking things slow for now, we’re gonna play this show and then do thing at our own pace, this isn’t the end of the band”. How much better would that be for fans? I know that now because of social networking you can like stalk a bands lives, but a little secrecy never hurt anyone. Once again look at Brand New, they work at their own pace, aren’t on social media sites everyday, yet they’re still loved by so many people and when they play shows they sell out in 5 minutes. Maybe that’s the route bands need to go, keep some mystery and then fans will be more interested in knowing what you’re doing. just a thought.