"It wasn't until I opened up to Sean, Ian, and Brendan about it that we realized we were all feeling the same way," Ewald explained. "The project we started as a source of joy and positive expression had become something that was slowly eating away at our mental health and our friendships. We have been championing the importance of mental health for a while now, and we recently realized that it would be wrong for us to ignore our own health any longer. Please know that we don't take a tour cancelation lightly, and under any other circumstances we would not even consider it an option, but in this instance we have to put our health and friendships first."
A spokesperson for the group told Billboard that the time out is "not a break-up, just a temporary hiatus" as it's been a "heavy year or so of touring for them." The news inspired a wellspring of support from fans, with nearly 1,000 encouraging comments posted to date. "Good on you guys for putting yourselves first," wrote one. "A lot of people don't know how to say no and they end up damaging themselves and those around them as a result. I think I speak for all of us when I say that we still love you and hope your situations improve soon! I hope your music once again returns to a source of joy rather than anxiety in time."
In late January, guitarist Brendan Lukens announced he was bowing out of the group's European tour in order to focus on his mental and physical health. The Goddamn Band, The Obsessives, Kevin Devine and Sorority Noise were slated to open the spring dates; the latter two bands addressed the situation on Twitter.