By Shannon Collins

Some may call it coincidence, others a self-fulfilling prophesy. Either way, when you name your band The Civil Wars, you had best beware combat.

In the middle of their European tour, Joy Williams and John Paul White of the Civil Wars announced that they were cancelling all further tour dates.  This came as a shock to fans everywhere as the duo’s career has only just started to take off.

With a well-received full-length album and a solid, growing fan base, The Civil Wars is in a good place to really get the ball rolling. The cancellation of this tour was apparently caused by “internal discord” and by the two members wanting different things at this point in time.

This is usually the way it goes with bands, though. Bands generally break up because of musical differences, and one can assume this would be the same with The Civil Wars.  They’re staying tight-lipped on the matter, however.

To make up for the cancellations, the band has offered to reimburse fans as much as possible for any travel arrangements made or expenses they had for the cancelled shows, including non-refundable ones.  This is offered along with The Civil Wars’ hopes to release new music in 2013.

Maybe there is hope for a Civil Wars cease-fire soon, but in the meantime, there’s still Barton Hollow to be played on repeat.