Those DGD/A lot like birds guys are talented, but I usually wonder if they could be much more successful musically if they focused all their energy and skills into one endeavor instead of channeling it through multiple releases. Blend all the styles these guys have attempted separately over the years and get the best out of each one and they may even have a band that leaves a lasting impression.
This tune is great and the circa vibe is definitely there.
I think it depends on what metric you're using for "success." I've actually chatted with Will specifically about the role of side-projects in music - we both agree that more music, more often, through more projects, only benefits all projects. Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It has perfected the model, releasing music under countless names, several times a year. I don't think any one project detracts from the others, as long as multiple projects don't delay the main projects.
That's actually a pretty good point, and Evan is definitely the best example for this since his projects seem to compliment IIOI rather than take a life of their own. I guess in the end if you are allowing fans to have more and more material, it's a win win for everyone.
Yeah, that's kind of my take on it.
It becomes a problem when you handle it like Craig Owens did a few years back - he was participating in so many projects that Chiodos was constantly delayed. As long as you can release multiple albums a year, no harm in having your hand in multiple pots.