cliqueconspiracy is back at it with the madness (we’re champions) and we’ve got some new theories!!
Firstly: we’re assuming that everyone witnessed the freakout over the new merch that became available on hot topic a little bit ago. Here are some pictures for reference.
This is a “SILENCE” themed sweatshirt, with the sleep themed lyrics that were posted on the twitter and Facebook pages on the sleeve. However, the really interesting part about the sweatshirt was the front.
We took this part to mean:
_ —the unnamed new album!!
this section was also repeated on another piece of merch that became available on hot topic later.
The part that interested us more, however, was this:
This could have two possible meanings. 1) That the hiatus (aka SILENCE) will last from 2017 to 2018, with TOP continuing the hiatus into 2018, or 2) That the hiatus will end in 2017, with a new album teased/a song released, and the album itself will drop in 2018. If a new album isn’t released until 2018, the _018 on the shirt still makes sense.
Many people have been thinking that since Tyler’s birthday is coming up (December 1st), the band or Josh and Tyler themselves might acknowledge it, breaking the silence they have kept up during the hiatus. Some people think that nothing is coming until late 2018. However, they chose to release this now, not in June of next year. Which means that they wanted us to see it now, maybe so we could get excited for something new coming soon.
I have known silence: the cold, earthy silence at the bottom of a newly dug well; the implacable stony silence of a deep cave; the hot, drugged midday silence when everything is hypnotised and stilled into silence by the eye of the sun; the silence when great music ends.
Gerald Durrell, from a letter to Lee McGeorge written c. July 1978
Perhaps the most important thing we bring to another person is the silence in us, not the sort of silence that is filled with unspoken criticism or hard withdrawal. The sort of silence that is a place of refuge, of rest, of acceptance of someone as they are. We are all hungry for this other silence. It is hard to find. In its presence we can remember something beyond the moment, a strength on which to build a life. Silence is a place of great power and healing.