Unfortunately, in its quest for convenience the card simply duplicates the functions of the debit and credit cards many students carry with them already. The two most useful aspects of the Wescard, the ability to use it for laundry and photocopies, have not even been implemented yet. Furthermore, because students are still required to sign up for meal plans or the all-points plan, it does not make any more financial sense to buy things off-campus with the Wescard than it does using cash.
In October , the band returned to Electrical Audio Engineering and recorded a four-track extended play, which was released in April as part of Temporary Residence Limited's Travels in Constants series, titled The Phoenix Tree. On Hymn to the Immortal Wind, the band made use of a piece chamber orchestra. The band then took another year-long break and went into "hibernation mode", returning to Japan to work on songs for a new album.