I (Michael) was hanging out with a guy the other day, and he told me that he was very surprised to see what I was like in person. He told me that he had quite a different perspective of me from afar. That is quite understandable. Who is Michael Gungor anyway? Is he a Christian worship leader? A jaded, confused agnostic? An atheist? A woo-woo mystic? “I mean, come on, are you a friend of God, a mountain, a whale, or are you just I AM?!”
The problem with starting a band in your 20’s is you have no idea who you will be in a decade. Gungor started as a “liturgical post-rock” musical collective. We sang songs to God about hope, faith, doubt, and love. We had some success. I lost my faith for a little while and wrote music about that. Then I began to see the unity of all things, and we began to write music about that. For the last 4 albums, we’ve sometimes left many of our fans confused or frustrated— “What are they singing about now?” “Do they even believe in Jesus anymore?”...etc But we’ve always tried to stay true to what’s happening in our hearts at the time of recording a record.
Interestingly enough, as we’ve been making music over the past couple years, and trying to figure out what was the right next move for Gungor, we’ve had a really hard time finding clarity with it. We love where we’ve come from. We’ve loved the journey (in fact, I turned on Ghosts Upon the Earth earlier today to reminisce a bit, and found myself in tears.) But strangely enough, we feel like that journey is over. Gungor feels to us like it’s done what it needed to do. Said what it needed to say. And now it’s time for something new.
Of course, this doesn’t mean that we are going to stop making music. Music is a part of who we are, and, like I mentioned, we already have a bunch of stuff recorded that we are trying to figure out what to do with brand and marketing wise. But as for Gungor, we simply don’t feel the need to keep trying to write new stories on the same old paper.
So here’s what this means: this upcoming “End of the World” is now also the Gungor farewell tour. We are going to sing a bunch of Gungor songs together (even some of the old ones). We’ll laugh. We’ll cry. We’ll send this wonderful adventure that has been Gungor into the night as the end of an old world and the beginnings of a new one. We hope you’ll join us for one last time. All of the love for all of you.