Hiroshima, a band that helped define Asian American identity, will take a hiatus in 2016 to focus on their solo careers. Though the band had not set a new direction for itself since its last studio album, 2001’s “Lullaby,” they had hoped to continue its legacy with their final release. The news was met with sadness in the Korean American community.
In the days leading up to their hiatus announcement, their fan base shared their concern. Many feared that Hiroshima was a band without a true identity.
Nyunga Kwon is a Hiroshima fan who’s been at the forefront of the Asian American community’s struggle to articulate its identity. The Korean American actor, director, and activist shared her feelings on Twitter.
The Twitter thread that Kwon posted included the following tweets along with a statement from the band:
“It’s been such an amazing ride with HIROSHIMA! To the community: We hope you’ll continue to show support with our upcoming album and future, because our lives have definitely changed since we last released an original song. We couldn’t have been happier with how our fans have responded.” “It’s been an incredible journey, and we’re all grateful to be where we are.”
Kwon went on to share some details about the upcoming album. HIROSHIMA has recorded a new album in New York City with producer Mark Beaumont. The release has not yet been announced.
The band had hoped to release their first new music in over five years. A HIROSHIMA fan, who wished to remain anonymous, told New York Times that they had grown frustrated with the band’s music. The fan said that while the band had done some things right, they continued to be “boring, forgettable, and lacking in variety.”
However, another HIROSHIMA fan, whose name Kwon did not reveal, commented on how the band’s musical style had remained consistent over the years.
On Twitter, Kwon had criticized the band’s