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Breathe Carolina have shared an open letter to fans regarding the response they’ve received to the stylistic change in their music. “If we have let any of you down we are sorry,” they wrote on their Facebook page. “But we have to follow our dreams and our passion.” 

They continued, “You all have a million bands and artists you love… We have ONE project and ONE thing that we have to do for our entire lives so we have to do it how WE want to do it.”

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Breathe Carolina began in 2007 with original members Kyle Even and David Schmitt. They released their debut album, It's Classy, Not Classic, in 2008 on Rise Records. They released their next three LPs on Fearless Records. Even left the band in 2013.

Since their most recent full-length, Savages, the band have taken a different direction musically—one that’s void of virtually all heavy elements that were incorporated into previous efforts.

“If we have let any of you down we are sorry . But we have to follow our dreams and our passion , you all have a million bands and artists you love … We have ONE project and ONE thing that we have to do for our entire lives so we have to do it how WE want to do it. Most of you have grown with us and that's so amazing to see , seeing people out on the crowd singing savages AND singing stars & moon , like … Wow .. That's amazing. Most of you after a show will tell us it's the best night you've ever had in your life… But 1 or 2 of you will be unhappy. Makes us sad and we are sorry but we hope you understand what we are trying to accomplish. We love each and every single one of you. But as we have a responsibility to make you happy , we have an even bigger responsibility to our selfs and following our hearts. ‪#‎SAVAGES‬ and no , not breaking up , not quiting , in our minds we are doing bigger and better than ever and doing it OUR way witch is awesome.”