Entries tagged with: breaking up
by Bill Pearis
All things must come to an end (except seemingly The Simpsons) and Brooklyn indie rock stalwarts Darlings are calling it a day, but they're going out strong, having released the very good Feel Better at the start of the year. (If you haven't heard that, you can stream it below.) They've just released a very cute video for that album's "I Love You Too" that was made by animator Ricardo Villavicencio and you can watch that below.
Darlings will be playing their final show this weekend at Brooklyn's Shea Stadium on Saturday (9/26) with Flower Girl, Lightning Bug and CVS at Night. That show is $8 at the door. Flyer is below.
Darlings, we'll miss ya!
photo: Cynic at Irving Plaza in 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
Floridan progressive metallers Cynic, who's initial run was 1987-1994 and then reformed in 2006, have called it quits again. From the band's Facebook:
It is with a heavy heart that I post today's CYNIC news. CYNIC is no longer an active band. Due to artistic and personal differences, the second chapter in the 'BOOK OF CYNIC' has come to an end.Cynic released Kindly Bent Free to Us and toured last year.
I will say the last shows we played in JAPAN have left me with a positive charge, even though they were the last live performances with Paul, Sean Malone & I on the same stage. My longstanding creative partnership with Paul, which started when we were very young kids in south Florida, has simply endured so much friction that there is no way, from my perspective, that CYNIC can be salvaged, repaired or kept afloat by any means.
I profusely apologize to the fans who were not only expecting us in China & Taiwan (that was not our fault), but to the fans who were planning to see us in Europe next month. These things happen, unfortunately, to bands. There can be differing levels of conflicts and/or differences in opinions, musical directions, or perspectives. Sometimes these things are insurmountable, and no amount of time or effort can resolve them. This is the case with CYNIC.
This page will stay up, and of course there are our respective personal pages and websites that will continue to let everyone know what we're doing individually.
I wish all of you love & peace.
by Andrew Sacher
photo: The Weakerthans at Bowery Ballroom in 2011 (more by Kurt Christensen)
Anyone who follows The Weakerthans probably realized they've been slowing down -- they last played live in 2013 and last released an album in 2007 -- but now drummer Jason Tait broke the news that the band is officially broken up. He tweeted the following:
Word is getting out that The Weakerthans are done. Here's the song we used to take the stage to for years. Bye bye. https://t.co/00jrQ0oNNJ— Jason Tait (@JasonjTait) July 14, 2015
Bummer! Maybe they'll come back after The Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball get famous and The Weakerthans' nasally, folky punk gets re-evaluated as prescient.
Singer John K. Samson has stayed active as a solo artist, most recently writing and performing a live score for the Neil Young-inspired piece, For the Turnstiles. He also was recently working on new music with Christine Fellows.
Revisit some Weakerthans videos below...
by Andrew Sacher
It's always a bummer when a band decides to call it quits when they're still in the promising early stages of their career, but that's what Atlanta indie rockers Places to Hide have decided to do. They first caught our ears with their very solid 2013 debut album, Almost Nothing, and after that they inked a deal with exciting new-ish label Tiny Engines for last year's Wild N Soft EP. Apparently it was a one-album deal, as they've now announced that their next and final album, Strange Lyfe, will be out September 20 via Irrelevant Recordings. Their sound has always been part driving melodic punk, part apathetic indie rock, and the album's title track leans more towards the latter, sounding like Lou Reed via Pavement. You can watch its video below.
Pattern is Movement recording their 'Shaking Through' session...
After 13 years playing together as Philadelphia art-pop duo Pattern is Movement, Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward are going their separate ways. Before disbanding, they'll head out on a farewell tour that hits NYC at Baby's All Right on June 18. Tickets are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Pattern is Movement released their self-titled fourth LP last year via Hometapes and you can stream it below. The duo will also be featured on the upcoming season of web series Shaking Through where they were given two days to record a song. You can watch the raw footage of the first day of their session below and look for the finished product soon.
Rose Windows' new self-titled album will be out May 4. Unfortunately, the Seattle psych band broke up last month, as they announced on their Facebook:
Sometimes in life we come across pure beauty - an experience that moves us towards a sense of hope; a complete respect for the purity and love that life can offer. It's an experience of this nature that pushes us to create and make the most of what we feel we can offer and share with others. But sometimes it's not enough. As hard as we try, the creation and experience are meant to end. So sometimes we have to let go. Sometimes we have to learn to walk away instead of holding on. We've held on for a long while but the time has come for release. Rose Windows will no longer be moving forward. For the health of the band and the health of each individual member we have to let go. Although this might seem abrupt know that this does not come easy for any of us. We are all heart broken; we are all grieving. But still we have to let go. The music we've created will always be close to us and remind us of all the beauty and love the world has to offer. We only hope that it will continue to do the same for all of you.Well that's a bummer. Sub Pop band Obits also recently called it quits. Meanwhile, you listen to Rose Windows' "Stripmall Babylon" and "Glory Glory" from the new album album below.
We love you all.
Bad news rock fans: Obits have called it quits. The band, that featured by Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes/etc's Rick Froberg and Edsel's Sohrab Habibion, let the world know via the above instagram, which said, "This bar is closed! We've succumbed, we've surrendered, we're visiting Davy Jones' Locker. Thanks for the grand time. Seriously. It was a gas." Some thought maybe, given the date (4/1), it was in jest, but they then posted on Facebook:
In case the jokey-seeming dispatch on All Fools' Day was confusing: OBITS IS DONE. We were lucky to have a good run. Thank you. Sincerely. And, not to worry, we'll continue to post relevant garbage & photos of Sohrab's cat.Well that's a bummer. Obits were to have opened for Mudhoney at The Bell House in July but they're no longer playing. That's all she wrote. Guys we'll miss you. Stream Obits' three albums they made for Sub Pop below.
Froberg, who's back in San Diego these days, will be playing Coachella with the back-in-action Drive Like Jehu. Sohrab, meanwhile, has a new band in the works. Stay tuned.
In other Drive Like Jehu related band news, Rocket From the Crypt (who have some shows coming up) teamed with Sonny Vincent 11 years ago. Recordings they made at the time were never released, but will now see the light of day on April 28 through Swami Records.
Vintage Piss is the baby whose seed was planted on the 2003 Rocket From The Crypt US tour, which also paired some members of the band with legendary 1970s New York outta control rock 'n' roller Sonny Vincent. After the Swami release of Vincent's previous band Testors' Complete Discography, Speedo (John Reis), Ruby Mars (Mario Rubalcaba) and The Notorious ND (Andy Stamets) served as the man's backing band and slashed through his Testors repertoire resulting in a primo barrage of 1970s neo-proto-punk.You can check out the tracklist below.
After one particularly meaty performance in Chicago amidst high fives and ass slaps signifying a job well done, the inspiration to write and record new songs struck. Back in San Diego, late 2003, the group incubated in Drag Racist Studio (where Rocket From The Crypt recorded Live From Camp X-Ray and Hot Snakes Suicide Invoice). They employed a steam-of-consciousness approach to making noise by recording songs and ideas live in the studio without rehearsal. With Vincent's voice and blazing, James Williamson-esque Les Paul attack leading the way, the band followed him into the punk abyss, emerging with a record that is both Sonny Vincent and Rocket From The Crypt. Unfortunately, the studio and Swami Records became buried by transition. It was to be the last thing recorded at Drag Racist before the studio shut its doors. The recording lay dormant, unmixed and unfinished.
With the 2013 reformation of Rocket From the Crypt and the continued rerelease of Sonny Vincent and Testors material, a rekindled interest in the lost artifact of rock 'n' roll led Swami to revisit these masters eleven years later. Tapes in various state of degradation were baked and restored to playability, resulting in the unearthing of a true forgotten gem. Produced and recorded by John Reis, mixed by Ben Moore, mastered by Dave Gardner at Magneto Mastering and featuring artwork by savage visionary Chris WeThreeClub, Vintage Piss is essential for fans of Rocket From The Crypt, Sonny Vincent, Testors and those attracted to the maverick, Cro-Magnon spirit of punk rock's beginnings.
by Andrew Sacher
Philly emo revivalists Glocca Morra are calling it quits this year, but before they go out they've got two new songs and a farewell tour. Their final 7" is on Ice Age Records and it's more straight punk than some of the more Kinsella-style stuff they became known for. Listen to both tracks below, via AV Club.
The tour happens this May and brings the band to NYC on May 29 at Shea Stadium. All dates are with Canadian punks Greys (who played NYC on Friday), and the Boston, NYC and Philly shows are with Brooklyn's LVL UP. All dates are listed on the tour flyer below.
Glocca Morra's Nate Dionne is one of the members in newer band Dogs on Acid, who released their first single last year and have now signed to Jade Tree for their debut LP which is due out this summer. The band also includes former Algernon Cadwallader members Nick Tazza and Joe Reinhardt, the latter of whom is now also in Hop Along. Dogs on Acid have four Philly shows coming up, but nothing in NYC at the moment. While you wait for the new album, revisit last year's single below.
Nate Dionne was also in the band Snowing, whose singer John Galm more recently went solo and put out the depressing 2014 album Sky of No Stars. John's on a solo tour right now, and it hits NYC tonight (3/8) at 603 Bushwick Ave (upstairs) with Trace Mountains (another project of LVL UP's Dave Benton) and Bethlehem Steel. All John's dates, and a stream of his recent album, below.
photo: Hull at CMJ 2011 (more by Markus Shaffer)
Brooklyn sludge metal band Hull have been at it for years now, releasing two albums -- 2009's Sole Lord and 2011's Beyond the Lightless Sky -- and most recently putting out the 2014 Swamp Goat single. But now the band are calling it quits.
Before they go out though, they'll play one last hometown show on Saturday (2/21) at Coco 66 with Elder, Wizard Rifle and Cleanteeth. They write, "That is it. This is all. All is well. Our final appearance. come on out. we'd love to see you." Tickets are on sale now.
Revisit Beyond the Lightless Sky, with a live video, below...
hello kitty, goodbye Avi
Even though it was basically just Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg anyway, Avi Buffalo are now broken up and he's retiring the name. (Avi Buffalo's long-time-coming second album was released last year.) News broke today via a post on Avi Buffalo's Facebook:
The Avi Buffalo band is over; done with my 2-record-contract with SubPop and available to be anyone's guitarist / songwriter / producer / engineer / whatever works, gonna keep makin' music left and right. I have very much appreciated touching good people with this music, having a cool avenue through the world to perform it, getting to meet you whether it was in the USA, Canada or Europe, and working with some awesome musicians. I started it when I was a wee-15 year-old and it went WAY farther than I thought it could. In fact, the Avi Buffalo project went too far, and I don't think this project was meant for even the minute exposure on a "professional" scale that it got, as it ended up causing a lot more pain and drained my creative energy. It makes me wake up sick, confused, depressed, out of touch with myself and irrelevant to current music's existence. I know ya'll wouldn't want me to stay like that! Other more exciting and meaningful creative endeavors are what I have sought after instead, and as I am a spritely, young 24 year old, I've gotta lot of work to do and no time to be devoted to a sluggish incarnation of my teenaged self.Avi goes on to say that "touring sucks and isn't worth it" even though he loves playing shows. Also in that post Avi talks about some other musical projects he's got going, including producing the debut album from Lintronix. You can read the whole statement below.
Placeholder at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Three years, two LPs, an EP and two splits. Three years worth of DIY tours, two vans and a score of rental cars. Finally, we have decided to pull the plug on this band. We started this band after I graduated college and never thought we'd ever have a record out or play anywhere outside of Pennsylvania. It's seriously been a trip playing shows across the country for a few years. I'm eternally thankful to all of our friends that spent money to release our music on their labels and I don't know what our impact has been on anyone but, I just want to say thanks if it has meant something to you. Our split with Sleeping Weather will still be released on Escapist Records and there is one song you haven't heard yet (it's good). We will be playing our final show on December 27, 2014 in Lancaster, PA. More details to follow. Thanks for letting me feel cool for 20 minutes a night.
Stream a track from the upcoming split below...
Yellow Ostrich @ Pianos in February (more by David Andrako)
alex here. Some big news to pass on today -- on December 8, Yellow Ostrich will be playing our final show as a band. We've had an amazing few years together, and we couldn't be more grateful and satisfied, but the time has come to move on to the next thing.Schaff also mentions that the first-ever full band Yellow ostrich show was at Glasslands in 2010 and they'll play one last show at Glasslands on December 8. Tickets for what they promise to be a "special show" are on sale now. It's one of a bunch of goodbye shows just announced by Glasslands, which closes at the end of the year.
We want to give a huge thanks to all of you, for giving us a chance and listening. Connecting with you guys was the whole point, and we couldn't have gotten as far as we did without you. we went all over the world with this band, and it was a great ride.
Schaaf tell us "I'm sad to see it go, but i'm happy to be going out on a good note, we're all still close and there's no bad feelings." Meanwhile, he's already has announced his new project, Human Heat, whose first EP just went up on bandcamp. It's still recognizably from the same creative force that gave us Yellow ostrich, but now in a little more R&B direction. You can stream it below.
by Bill Pearis
Beady Eye @ Live On Letterman, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Andy Bell (who played bass in Oasis and guitar in Beady Eye) also confirmed the split via Twitter:
Beady Eye are no longer. Thanks for all your support. LGx— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 25, 2014
This has fueled speculation about a reconciliation between Liam Gallagher and his brother (and Oasis songwriter) Noel and the reformation of Oasis (perhaps the original lineup) but, more interestingly, this frees up Andy Bell who co-fronted Ride in the early '90s.
Thanks to all the Beady Eye fans. I had a blast. See you on the other side. Big Love Andy B X— Andy Bell (@Andybebop) October 25, 2014
Ride were one of the best of the original crop of UK shoegaze bands, bringing strong pop songwriting (and Byrds-y flourishes) to the din of guitars. Their first two albums, 1990's Nowhere and 1992's Going Blank Again, are essentials of the era. (1994's Carnival of Light dropped the effects pedals in favor if Britpop styles and is about half good; 1996's Tarantuala is best not talked about.) The band toured the US with Slowdive, whose tour just hit NYC's Terminal 5. There's probably no other shoegaze band from that era that would be more welcome back. Mark Gardner, the other singer-guitarist in Ride, toured the West Coast over the summer, and his sets included lots of Ride songs.
Beady Eye's other guitarist, Gem Archer, fronted Heavy Stereo in the mid-'90s whose 1996 album, Deja Voodoo, was released by Creation.
As for a Oasis reunion, Noel Gallagher just announced he'll release Chasing Yesterday, his new album with his band High Flying Birds, in March 2015.
Some Ride videos below...
Denton, TX's Centro-Matic have been together for nearly 20 years, mining a vein of psych somewhere between Crazy Horse and The Flaming Lips, having released 11 albums -- all pretty good -- including this year's rootsy Take Pride in Your Long Odds (stream it via Rdio). All good things must (should?) come to an end, and Centro-matic recently announced that the band are going on indefinite hiatus. Wrote frontman Will Johnson:
For a handful of reasons, the time finally feels right to celebrate the existence of this thing, then let it rest. I do think that the four of us will embark on some musical endeavor together again, but can't say that it will be within the realm or tone of what Centro-matic has done.Before that, however, Centro-Matic will be going on one last tour, which will include two NYC stops: December 11 at Rough Trade with Joseph O'Connell's long-running lo-fi indie project Elephant Micah and December 12 at Mercury Lounge with Will's New Multitudes bandmate Anders Parker & Cloud Badge. Tickets for both those shows go on sale Friday (9/26) at noon with an AmEx presale for the Mercury Lounge show beginning Wednesday (9/24) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a video from the new album, below...
GBV at Bowery Ballroom in May (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Guided by Voices were on a short break from their tour, having recently played a few NY area shows with dates still to come. Those have been canceled, as apparently GBV have abruptly broken up! From their Facebook:
Guided By Voices has come to an end. With 4 years of great shows and six killer albums, it was a hell of a comeback run. The remaining shows in the next two months are unfortunately canceled. Our sincere apologies to those that have purchased tickets and made travel plans. Thanks to everyone who has supported GBV.Upcoming dates were to have included a run with Bobby Bare, Jr and Fun Fun Fun Fest. Remaining, now-canceled dates are below.
Philly's Nona, who we profiled earlier this year ahead of the re-release of their debut LP, Through the Head, on 6131 (out now), have announced that after four short years they're calling it quits. They posted to Facebook:
R.I.P. NonaLike it says above, their previously discussed October 3 show at Silent Barn will be their last NYC appearance and second to last show overall. It's with a great lineup of Rhode Island's Downtown Boys and California's joyride!, plus locals Adult Mom and Alice (Arm Candy dropped off). All ages, $10 at the door.
Good news and bad news. Good news: we are not gonna be a band anymore! Bad news: we are not gonna be a band anymore. There will probably never be a cooler rock group.
We do have a couple things still planned though - - we are playing in Brooklyn Oct 3rd, and then you can keep your ears peeled for the last Nona show ever that we'll have in Philly sometime in November. You'll be able to buy our records at these shows, and always at 6131records.com and deadbrokerecords.com
Huge thanks and appreciation to anyone who as lent us a helping hand, supported us, listened to our music, came to our shows, etc. You guys have been so great and we love you.
Peace out to Nona, it was a good run! Stream Through the Head below...
Darkside in Chicago in January (more by Brigid Gallagher)
Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington have announced that their collaborative project Darkside will be coming to an end ("for now") this year. Their "last show" will take place in their hometown of NYC on September 12 at Brooklyn Masonic Temple, a smaller space than their last show here at Terminal 5. The show will be opened by Valentin Stip who's signed to Nico Jaar's label. Tickets are on sale now. Their only other US date is FYF Fest. They've also got some international dates which are listed below.
The band have also released two songs recorded while they made their LP, Psychic, which didn't make the cut. Stream those (one appropriately called "Gone Too Soon"), with the list of dates, below...
by Ian Chainey
Castevet at MDF 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro)
NYC-based progressive blackened metallers Castevet quietly broke up on Monday, posting the following message on their homepage:
Castevet is no more. There is no single reason or event driving this decision; it is based on the need of each individual involved to continue to develop their vision within new and existing projects. To put it simply, it is time to move on.Castevet were known for their patient, knotty, and dynamic take on black metal, breaking out with 2010 full-length Mounds of Ash and releasing the well-received follow-up Obsian last year. (Read more of what we wrote about them on IO.) As for the mentioned existing projects, singer/guitarist Andrew Hock is currently in Psalm Zero, who just played a show with Black Anvil. Bassist Nicholas McMaster is splitting his time between Astomatous, Bloody Panda, Geryon, and Krallice. Geryon and Krallice will be a part of the Virus double-date at NYC's Saint Vitus at the end of October.
Thank you to all who have supported Castevet since our inception in 2006.
Streams of Mounds of Ash and Obsian appear below...
Death Grips have a new double album, the powers that b, on the way and were scheduled to tour with Soundgarden and Nine Inch Nails as well as play festivals such as Pitchfork Fest, FYF Fest and FFF Fest this summer. A band known for canceling shows a lot, they've gone and canceled all upcoming shows because... they've broken up. At least that's what they say (this could be another of their stunts). The band posted the above picture to their Facebook that says:
we are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped. all currently scheduled live dates are canceled. our upcoming double album "the powers that b" will still be delivered worldwide later this year via Harvest/Third Worlds Records. Death Grips was and always has been a conceptual art exhibition anchored by sound and vision. above and beyond a "band". to our truest fans, please stay legend.Stay tuned for the second half of their new album, titled jenny death. The first half, niggas on the moon (which features Bjork), is out now.
UPDATE: Fun Fun Fun Fest responds
UPDATE TWO: Trent Reznor responds
by Ian Chainey
German/Swedish doom duo The Oath have split in an unexpected fashion. Today, fans of the outfit by way of their Bandcamp page received the following message:
You're receiving this email because you at one point purchased music and/or merchandise from THE OATH's Bandcamp page.No word yet regarding the catalyst or surrounding circumstances for the break. Though, one wonders how long the two (plus two session players) have been on the outs and why they kept it together for the kids.
Thank you very much for this!
Since our album now is released, it's time to let you know the band is over -- and has been for quite some time.
See you in the future.
Formed in 2012, The Oath primarily was the concern of Sonic Ritual guitarist Linnéa Olsson and vocalist Johanna Sadonis. Dealing in trad doom in the spirit of Pentagram and Black Sabbath, the group debuted with the Night Child / Black Rainbow single in 2013. They then rode the buzz wave -- in all senses, really -- with an eponymous LP released through Rise Above Records on March 17 of this year, which we streamed a song from on Invisible Oranges.
Newsletter disseminated drama and intrigue! Metal is crazy. Find streams for the Night Child / Black Rainbow single and "Silver and Dust" from the LP below...
North Highlands @ Glasslands, June 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
In 2009 we graduated college with little hope of finding jobs, so we started a band. We've made so many friends over the years because of this project and are so thankful to have met all of you, you made our band greater. To all the amazing kids who came to our shows, thank you for dancing up in front. I always forgot our songs because I was watching you. I think I decided it was time to leave New York last summer when we had to sell our van Dad for scrap. I know it's just a car, but to me, it was the end of an era. We are incredibly proud of the songs we've made together but I just don't think I can write another record in this city. And unfortunately, I can't uproot four bandmates and their girlfriends, believe me, I've tried. So, I'm taking a break to wander around for awhile and see where I end up. I will miss this band more than anything and I'm heartbroken to say that this show will be our last. Our second full-length is nearly finished and we can't wait for you to hear it. Thank you to our friend Matt who has pulled one too many all nighters trying to finish it. Please come to this last show and rage with us. Love, BrendaAfter five years of making lovely pop, North Highlands are going their separate ways. Having played my first-ever Sound Bites show down at the Seaport/Fulton Stall Market and also played the "This Week in Indie" showcase at Northside (both in 2010) it's definitely a little sad for me. Luckily they're going out with a farewell party tonight (3/27) at Glasslands. Tickets are on sale.
The band have booked some friends to play the show as well: Bennio Qwerty which is NH guitarist Mike Barron's seriously rocking power trio; Ablebody the band featuring Christoph and Anton Hochheim, both of whom are in the current (killer) line-up of The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (and were in The Depreciation Guild); and Cowboy.
If you never checked out North Highland's terrific 2011 album, Wild One, you can stream it below. You guys will be missed.
Vivian Girls @ MHOW, Feb. 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Brooklyn, New York, March 2007: we started making music together and became what we know as Vivian Girls. It's been a long and crazy journey in the seven years since, and we feel as though the time has finally come to let our band rest in peace. It's been an experience that we'll look back on and cherish and we'd like to thank you for sharing it with us. We have had such an amazing time being a band, touring the world, releasing records and meeting all of you....Before Vivian Girls go their separate ways, Katie, Cassie and Ali will play two goodbye shows: February 14th at The Church on York in Los Angeles (tix), and Brooklyn's Death by Audio on March 1. Advance tickets for the DbA show
...Thank you to everyone who has helped us along the way, everyone who has come to our shows, bought our records and supported us, and everyone we will meet in the future.
UPDATE: They added a second final show in Brooklyn, this one at Baby's All Right the next day (3/2) and tickets are on sale now.
In a posting on their website titled, "THE LAST CONCERT - ONE FINAL SHOW TO CELEBRATE THEM ALL," Efterklang write:
February 26th 2014 we will play one last concert in Sønderborg, Denmark, where we grew up.Efterklang last toured North America in 2013.
It will be the last concert with Efterklang as you and we know it. We are not sure what happens after this concert. It is time to reflect and time to move forward. We want to fundamentally change what it means to be Efterklang and how we operate, create and perform.
So come say goodbye with us!
We are celebrating a decade of Efterklang releases and concerts and we are doing it in the most decadent way.
The local symphony Sønderjyllands Symfoniorkester, conductor Hans Ek and the local girls choir will join us on stage and so will a long list of special guests including Thomas Husmer and Rune Mølgaard from the original 5 piece line-up of Efterklang.
The last concert will feature highlights from all our 4 albums as well as new songs, that in fact are almost 10 year old songs we've never released, but whom we care for very much. This will be the only chance to hear these songs live.
We are not taking this concert on tour and we plan on making this a very special night. An exploration, a rite of passage, a strange celebration. You are hereby invited.
...from being a full time recording and touring musician
by Doug Moore
Dan Lilker with Brutal Truth, 2012 (more by Greg Cristman)
Dan Lilker is far and away one of the most important bassists in metal history; from his early-'80s thrash and grind work in Anthrax, Exit-13 and S.O.D. to his going concerns in Brutal Truth, Nuclear Assault and Venomous Concept, he's routinely been a step ahead of the rest of the scene. He's also served as a live utility player for several notable bands, including Autopsy, Dark Angel, Lock Up, and (weirdly) Soulfly.
Sadly, we will be seeing a lot less of both Lilker and Brutal Truth in the coming years. According to a message on Brutal Truth's Facebook, Lilker is retiring from active touring on October 18th, which is his 50th birthday. Brutal Truth will tour actively until then and then throw in the towel as well. Lilker will be remain active in his Rochester non-touring acts Blurring (which features several members of the underrated deathgrind band Kalibas, including one-time Brutal Truth guitarist Erik Burke on drums) and Nokturnal Hellstorm.
Bittersweet news. While it's always sad when influential legends like Lilker and Brutal Truth hang up their...um...van-driving gloves, both entities have given plenty to the metal world over their lengthy tours of duty. They deserve their rest.
Read Lilker's statement in full below...
The Walkmen at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Gretchen Robinette)
Bassist/organist Peter Bauer of The Walkmen revealed in an interview with the Washington Post that the band is going on an "extreme hiatus" after their upcoming show in Philly this week. He continues...
"We really just have no idea," Bauer says. "I don't think any of us wanted to write another Walkmen record. Maybe that will change down the line, maybe it won't, maybe we'll play shows. I think it's weird to make a hubbub about something if there's nothing to really make a hubbub about. At the same time, I don't think we've been a gang properly for a long time, so there's not much to break up, I guess."The band's Philly show happens on Wednesday (12/4) at Union Transfer and is a fundraiser for Rail Park which also features Sun Ra Arkestra, Sharon Van Etten, Spank Rock, Birdie Busch, Light Heat, Chris Ward, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. Tickets for what may be the band's final show for a long time are available.
"When we play shows it's a really fun time seeing old friends," Bauer says. "It's not the archetypal rock band where everyone lives in an apartment. We all live in different cities and we call each other occasionally. It's like going to Thanksgiving."
"I think it's cool that we're all still pals and all," Bauer says. "It's nice to be removed from [being a band] and to be friends, or something like that, and to see what happens from there.
"It's been almost 14 years now," Bauer adds. "I think that's enough, you know?"
The members will remain active musicians though, and a few have solo albums planned. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser is prepping a solo album which is due out in 2014 and will feature contributions from his Walkmen bandmate Paul Maroon, plus Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Richard Swift (The Shins), and Morgan Henderson (Fleet Foxes, Cave Singers, Blood Brothers). Peter Bauer is also releasing one called Liberation! under the name Peter Matthew Bauer (and it also features other Walkmen members), and Walter Martin is planning one too.