On Oct. 12, 2002, Haste the Day released its first EP, “That They May Know You.” On Nov. 22, 2010, the band announced its impending demise. But the Haste the Day behind last month’s “very difficult announcement,” as its website reads, wasn’t the same as the one made up of three Carmel High School kids, scraping together basement shows.
Between those dates, the Indianapolis band had cycled through almost 10 members, released five albums with sales approaching 250,000, toured up and down Europe, Africa and North America and helped mint a new genre of heavy-metal music called Christian metalcore.
When bassist Mike Murphy talked to Metromix from his Indianapolis home one afternoon in late November, he spoke slowly, knowingly. He’s a decade older than the high school kid he was in 2001, the one who started Haste the Day with best friends Devin and Brennan Chaulk. He said he’s been watching the crowds shrink for a few years now, that he feels disconnected from his fans — who largely stayed the same age while he’s grown up — and that he’s ready to move on.
“Maybe I’ve said all I could,” he said. Continue reading