The Starting Line played their “final” show at Bamboozle on May 4th, 2008. I’ve always been a fan of the band since I saw them at Warped Tour in 2001. I had the chance to see them a couple times and I’ve corresponded with their manager over AIM many times. The band is going to concentrate on their two side-projects, Person L and The 76.
The Starting Line have been signed to three different major labels, but couldn’t match their success that they had with Drive-Thru/MCA. MCA disbanded and they moved over to Geffen/Interscope. The band didn’t think Geffen marketed them very well and they ended their relationship after one album with the label. They released their final album on Virgin Records, which they thought was a better artist/label situation. Their album didn’t do as well as planned.
I don’t think this will be the end of The Starting Line. They will try their side-projects out and probably release material independently as a band in a few years. I don’t think they trust major labels anymore, which I don’t blame anyone for that.
Here is their video for “Island”