Entries tagged with: breaking up
by Bill Pearis
Curtain Call for TSOOL, Stockholm 12/22/2012 (via @alfredoanazco)
You said, "My idea when we started this band was that we were going to peak around 2012." Did you really believe thatSweden's The Soundtrack of Our Lives played their last-ever show in their hometown of Stockholm right before Christmas (12/22). It marked the end of a 17-year career making riff-heavy psych-rock, and the band's history goes back even further to 1986 if you figure that many of the members played together in equally-awesome (and much punkier) Union Carbide Productions. The split was not amicable and the band spent the second half of 2012 on a farewell tour that also promoted the band's seventh and final album, the very good Throw it to the Universe, though that tour did not include North America (though they played here the year before).
Ebbot Lundberg: Yes, I always did.
Why did you say that?
EL: Because I knew it could happen. And it did. For The Soundtrack Of Our Lives is an alternative stargate to something more relevant than this specific era in our timeline.
[To Matthias] Ebbot said he thought the band would peak around 2012 - do you agree?
Mattias Bärjed: Yeah.
Why did he say that?
MB: I don't know. Maybe he always felt that it was a limited time for TSOOL as an active working band, and I totally agree on that. Maybe he had it all planned. Anyway, it's the right decision to call it a day. The music is still here and that's what counts. On this last ride I guess we all try to avoid all the bullshit that's been sucking a lot of energy out of this band during all the years. - [The Quietus]
TSOOL has played the U.S. many times, however, and anyone who saw them knows they were one of the best live bands of the '00s. I still remember seeing them at Bowery Ballroom in October 2001 when the band had just released their breakthrough (and best) album, Behind the Music, and being knocked back by their mastery of rock moves, showmanship and general badassery. (I also met Joe Strummer at that show, about two months before he died.) Even when touring one of their lesser albums, TSOOL always -- always -- put on a killer show. The band's final show in Stockholm was an epic, 33-song set that concluded with "Instant Repeater '99" from their 1996 debut, Welcome to the Infant Freebase and there's video of that below, along with the setlist.
As for what's next, TSOOL have one last record coming out, a five-song EP due out sometime this year. Meanwhile, guitarist Mattias Bärjed has a new band Free Fall who just released their debut single, "Power & Volume," which you can stream below, along with TSOOL's Throw it to the Universe.
Das Racist at Afro-Punk 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
The individual members of NYC rap trio Das Racist have been playing a handful of solo shows lately and it looks like we'll be seeing more of that, as the group have decided to call it quits. Pitchfork reports that Das Racist were supposed to perform at Munich festival On3 on Saturday (12/1), but instead Heems did a solo show, and announced from the stage, "You guys wanna know the secret? Alright, so I'm going to do some Das Racist songs, but Das Racist is breaking up and we're not a band anymore."
Kool AD also tweeted, "for the record i quit das racist 2 months ago and was asked by our manager not to announce it yet. apparently @himanshu wanted to do it tho" and Heems replied, "hah dag, my bad dont even remember saying that shit."
What ended up being Das Racist's final hometown show happened at Irving Plaza in October. You can check out some videos from that show below.
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Amebix at Bowery Ballroom, January 2009 (more by Justina Villanueva)
"To my deep regret, AMEBIX has now come to a point where we can no longer continue as a band. We have spent the past five years engaged in a process of resurrecting this group from the ashes and feel very proud of what we have managed to achieve in that time, both in the live performances and also in the album that resulted from this extraordinary time. 'Sonic Mass' is a worthy successor to all of our earlier work, bringing a lot of our original impetus and ideas into clear focus....AMEBIX was and is the creation and brainchild of both myself and my brother Stig. With either of us absent, it is no longer AMEBIX.
The Baron goes on to say that further announcements regarding a "new incarnation of the Amebix legacy" with last drummer Roy Mayorga will appear on the official website.
Reportedly The Baron and Stig (also a founding member) had discussed the split, though nothing official had been planned yet. In a Facebook post, Stig proclaimed "WOW FIRST I'VE HEARD OF THIS."
No word as to where this will lead, though hopefully not in two versions of Amebix kicking around ala Sham 69.
by Andrew Sacher
WU LYF at MHOW in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Over the weekend, WU LYF posted a new track, "T R I U M P H," to YouTube, along with a message that seemed to either imply the band have broken up or that frontman Ellery James Roberts has chosen to leave the group. The song and message have since been taken down, but the message (written by Ellery) read:
"By the time I wrote this I was all ready gone. You know you aint got nothing but time, but time isn't an infinite currency I want to see wasted. If this is our last month living, apocalypse looming, I am not going to spend my final hours waiting in purgatory. I am done. There is nothing here that inspires/ interests me beyond the emptiness for dreams. and I don't want to spend my life asleep; dreaming of a....Ellery followed that up with another message directed at the other three members of WU LYF, Evans Kati, Tom McClung, and Joe Manning:
"Wake up! We stay safe/ everything is golden/ in this place.
"WU LYF is dead to me. The sincerity of "Go tell fire" was lost in the bull shit of maintaining face in the world we live. Clap your hands chimp everybody's watching. A year spent losing faith; Innocence lost wide eyes see clear the dark. There's blood running down streets of every city in the world, what's a song to do, pretend it mean everything/nothing to you. Another distraction from the world we live. I and I struggle for a based positivity; Get free or die trying; J C Hung him self up for the easy way out. so Broken Mama Cita be kind to me."
Evans/Joe/TomNothing else was posted to the band's official site and their official Facebook page has been taken down. The only message we've seen since is a tweet from Tom McClung's other project, Francis Lung, which reads, "not over yet."
I am gone. This isn't the end. This is the begging.
We done business to be as free as we want to be; I'm exercising this freedom. Manchester and the life we maintaining is leaving me empty. It is a beautiful/ incredible/ insane world we live and I'm done walking round in baby step circles in a self involved bubble. WU LYF isn't that important. So go do what you want to do. If you wanna play together, Play! your talented musicians so don't waste that. I am bored of the most challenging thing in WU LYF being deluding myself of its relevance. Dirty free, as that show ended it concreted my decision that a change has to come. "Be the change you want to see" said a wise old man.
I'm going to keep on doing what I do; if the time comes in the future where we all truly want to collaborate on something then that door is always going to be open; I have nothing but love for you all.
But I want to live life that's true to me.
your Brother from another mother...
(I'm gonna stay on email so keep in touch.)
WU LYF's only release is 2011's impressive Go Tell Fire to the Mountain, and it would be pretty sad to not see them continue after that. The new track, "T R I U M P H," has since been posted to a different YouTube page and you can listen to it below.
by Andrew Sacher
G-Side at Glasslands in 2011 (more by Erik Erikson)
Here's some unexpected and unfortunate news. Alabama rap duo and BV faves G-Side (aka ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova), who played one of our holiday parties less than a year ago, have announced their split. Though the duo have been together since 2004, it was only last year that they began taking off, but ST 2 Lettaz explained in an interview with SPIN, that, "Though we were still working, which is the great thing about it -- that we were still working -- the whole hype had died down."
However, both members will continue on with solo careers, are still on good terms, and ST 2 Lettaz has already announced that what was going to be G-Side's next album, G...Growth & Development, will now be released under his own name and that he's sticking with production duo Block Beattaz. He says that album will be out either December or January, but he'll preface it with the solo EP, R.E.B.E.L. ("rethink every belief ever learned"), on September 17. The video for a non-EP track, "Wishing Well," is below.
As mentioned, G-Side were supposed to play a NYC show at Glasslands next Tuesday (9/18) and that show will go on but it is now a ST 2 Lettaz solo show, sort of. Block Beattaz and G-Side's two backup singers will still be there and they will be "performing all the hits with a lot of new material." The lineup also includes Deniro Farrar and Tron & DVD. Tickets for that show are still available. As the SPIN article mentions, ST 2 Lettaz performed at G-Side's set at Hopscotch without Yung Clova, and without announcing that he'd be doing so. But the duo's Austin show last night (9/11) at Red 7, both members were in attendance. All remaining G-Side dates are listed below, with no official word on whether or not they will be with the duo or just ST.
Meanwhile, Yung Clova has been posting his solo tracks on the Lambo Music Group soundcloud page. While the ST 2 Lettaz solo track is pretty much sounding like where G-Side left off, Clova is opting for a clubbier sound. You can stream some of his new songs, along with the ST 2 Lettaz video and a list of updated dates below.
Christopher Owens w/ Girls at T5 in January (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Christopher Owens of Girls revealed today in a series of tweets that he will be leaving Girls, the band for which he is pretty much the brains behind, and a band that has experienced enormous success over the past year. The band's publicist confirms the news is true. The tweets read:
1) Dear all, This may come as a surprise to many & has been an issue of much thought for me. My decision was not easy to makeIf it's a case of Christopher not wanting to work with the other bandmembers (aka Chet "JR" White, the only other constant member), at least he's going the Jack White and the White Stripes route and not keeping the band name and replacing everyone like Billy Corgan did with Smashing Pumpkins and James Mercer with The Shins. What do you think?
2) I am leaving Girls. My reasons at this time are personal. I need to do this in order to progress
3) I will continue to write & record music. More will be announced soon. I thank you all for everything. Sincerely-Christopher
The video for "Laura" is below...
Ween at Summerstage in 2010 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
"It's time to move on," Freeman told Rolling Stone from his home in New Jersey. "I'm retiring Gene Ween."Is this really the end for Ween? (And the end for the oneness they had between God and Satan?) Aaron Freeman seems to mostly entirely suggest so in this Rolling Stone interview. The AV Club, however, reports that Dean Ween (aka Mickey Melchiondo) expressed surprise on his (private) Facebook page saying it "is news to me, all I can say for now I guess."
So does that mean the end for Ween, the band that Freeman formed with high school friend Mickey Melchiondo (a.k.a. Dean Ween) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in the mid-Eighties?
"Pretty much, yeah," says Freeman. "It's been a long time, 25 years. It was a good run."
Freeman, who released his solo debut Marvelous Clouds earlier this month, says there's no animosity towards his bandmates or Melchiondo, who he met in the eighth grade. He says the pair are still on speaking terms, even though he's been contemplating the decision for the past eight years.
"For me it's a closed book. In life sometimes, in the universe, you have to close some doors to have others open," says Freeman. "There's no, 'Goddamn that such and such!' For me, I'd like to think it's a door I can close finally." [Rolling Stone]
Ween haven't released an album in fiver years and, even if this isn't an official breakup, it doesn't seem like there'll be another any time soon. Freeman recently released Marvelous Clouds, an album of Rod McKuen covers that is worth checking out.
Handsome Furs in Austin in 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)
With a heavy heart the time has come to let all of you know that Handsome Furs are no more.Sadly, Handsome Furs, the project of Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and his wife Alexie Perry, posted the above message to their website last night, announcing their end as a band, with no other elaboration. This announcement comes almost a year after Wolf Parade played their last show "for a long time."
The most important thing that needs to be said right now is how extremely grateful we are to all the fans all over the world that showered us with love and support over the years. Thank you for everything! It's been an incredible 6 years and we owe it all to you.
In related news, you can catch Spencer Krug's Moonface project on tour this spring/summer. That tour includes the previously mentioned NYC show at Bowery Ballroom on June 30 with La Big Vic. Tickets are still available.
Some Handsome Furs videos from 2011's Sound Kapital below...
Pepper Rabbit @ BV-CMJ showcase (more by Amanda Hatfield)
I wrote back in October that "there's a rumor that the BV [CMJ] showcase [at Music Hall of Williamsburg] may have been Pepper Rabbit's last show ever." Looks like that was unfortunately true. Facebook letters from Xander (who talks about how hard it is to be an indie band) and Luc (who points out he'll be drumming for Islands this spring) below...
New York waved sayonara to one of the greatest grind bands in the city on Saturday night (12/17) when Defeatist played their final show with a handpicked lineup of Triac, Psychic Limb, D.O.C., and Backslider. There is no malice between the three Defeat-ers, and in fact, Saturday night at Death By Audio was more of a celebration of the collective and the band was undoubtedly at their tightest. The dizzyingly impressive grind trio will be sorely missed.
Meanwhile, look out for material from Radiation Blackbody (Josh & Joel of Defeatist) and Praetura (with Joel of Defeatist) as well as some live shows by those bands.
If you missed D.O.C., make sure and check them out in the new year when they team with Coke Bust, Tenement & Rational Animals at Acheron on 1/4. Coke Bust, D.O.C., Sick Fix and Magrudergrind all feature drummer Chris Moore.
Check out some pictures from their final date below (though none of Backslider, who I missed), below...
Thank YouThrice have no additional dates to report, but Thursday play their next show Wednesday at Irving Plaza (11/23) with Maylene & The Sons of Disaster before before continuing on tour with MewithoutYou and Screaming Females. Tickets for Irving Plaza are still available. All remaining tour dates are below.
"look thrice, Imma Let you finish, but..."
Yup. Yesterday thrice, today Thursday. Crazy coincidence for two bands that have led such parallel and intersecting lives. We would've spaced our announcement out and given the dust a chance to settle but we are about to play a bunch of shows and we didn't want anyone to miss the chance to see us one more time, so here it goes...
If you're reading this long version of our statement, you've probably had some interaction with Thursday. We've been a band for thirteen years. We've played an uncountable number of shows, ranging from living rooms to stadiums. We've talked to every Zine, blog, Daily, Weekly, Monthly periodical... We've talked to every College, Commercial and Public Radio Station and sometimes we just hung out on the street talking to strangers. Maybe we met you. Maybe we worked together somewhere. Maybe you saw us or heard us with friends. Whatever the case may be, we owe you thanks. You've allowed us to be a band for thirteen years, to travel the world, to make records, to meet all of the people we've grown to love. And to open for our idols, work with our heroes, employ our friends (the best crew around) and see our dreams made real.
This year, Thursday has had so much to celebrate: our new record, No Devolución, came out ten years, to the week, after the record that was to become our touchstone: Full Collapse. To have one record still being celebrated a decade after it's release and another to be met with such critical acclaim was really more than we ever could've imagined. We just wanted to play basement shows in New Brunswick. It's funny... That sounds like a well-worn line now but it's absolutely the truth.
Well, if you've been touched by our music or our dedication or our embarrassingly out-of-fashion sincerity, then this is for you, friend: thank you for letting us make No Devolución. We hope you've heard it. We say "beg, borrow or steal... music is an idea... ideas are free" but we encourage you to support our fantastically sweet and hardworking label, Epitaph, by buying it if you can afford to.
Despite the fantastic year that the band has enjoyed, creatively, things haven't been as easy for us on a personal level. Without diving into detail, it's fair to say that this year has been an endless series of personal difficulties. We haven't had any falling out and are all still close. I'm sure that we will continue to create, in some capacity, together. We've talked about turning Thursday into something else: a non-profit, a band that only records sporadically, a collection of other projects... Underneath it all, the personal circumstances involved make it impossible to continue Thursday in the spirit that has made it special. So, we stop. For now, at least.
We hope to see many of you at these last shows. They'll be a lot of fun. We promise.
Lots of love,
Geoff & Tom & Tucker & Steve & Andrew & Tim & Lukas
Defeatist at Shea Stadium (more by BBG)
Defeatist have announced that "this turd has been circling the bowl long enough, so we have decided to flush it for good." The trio have a pair of NYC dates left on the calendar before they call it quits. on Saturday, 11/12 they play Acheron with Gaza, Tiger Flowers, & Don't Give A Fuck, and then their final date is on 12/17 at Death By Audio with the great Triac, Psychic Limb, Disciples Of Christ (mems of Magrudergrind), and Backslider. Advance tickets are not available, so make sure you get to the Acheron early to send-off NYC's best grind band right.
Defeatist recently released their final LP Tyranny of Decay. Stream it below in full and order your copy before they (the band and the LP) disappear for good.
Reminder: a pair of bands featuring members of Magrudergrind, Coke Bust & Sick Fix, will hit NYC on 11/19 at Acheron with Masakari and Grudges. Grudges will ALSO play Saint Vitus the night before (11/18) as part of a show with Black Anvil, Bloodiest and Mutilation Rites. Tickets are on sale for the BA show.
Stream that Defeatist, as well as other material from Masakari, Bloodiest and others below.
After 4 agile years as a band, P.S. Eliot is calling it a day. IThe October 28th show is this weekend in Florida. The December 4th show is sold out. The December 9th show is of course first come, first served.
sincerely feel that we've creatively accomplished everything we set
out to from the get-go and dragging it out would be brazen and
pointless. I considered P.S. Eliot "the band I always wanted to start"
but as I've grown and Allison has grown I've come to realize that
"band" has grown too. P.S. Eliot's time as a fulfilling outlet for us
has passed so we're ending it gracefully and moving on.
We'll be playing the Fest in Gainesville as well as 2 shows in December in Brooklyn. I'll be focusing most of my time and energy on my solo project, Waxahatchee, which has a record coming out in February on Salinas Records and will be touring the US and Europe. Allison is in the process of starting a new band as well. Endless thanks to all those who have encouraged us. The past 4 years have been monumental for Allison and I and it's all because of this band and your support.
Our last 4 shows:
Saturday, September 24th @ Death By Audio, Brooklyn
w/ Witches, RVIVR and Nude Beach
Friday, October 28th @ The Fest 10 (the Atlantic), Gainesville
w/ Senders, O Pioneers!!, Little League and many more
Sunday, December 4th @ the Bell House, Brooklyn
w/Latterman and Nude Beach
***LAST SHOW EVER***
Saturday, December 9th @ Death By Audio, Brooklyn
w/ The Two Funerals, Cat Vet and 1 more TBA
Stay tuned for more info on Waxahatchee. Peace Out to PS Eliot.
Kim & Thurston in Brooklyn - 8/12/11 (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
SPIN reports the unfortunate news:
If the demise of R.E.M. didn't put the final nail in the '90s alternative-rock dream, this news sure will: Sonic Youth super-couple Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore have split up after 27 years of marriage -- and the future of the band they've played in together since 1981 is unclear.Hopefully the recent Williamsburg Waterfront show wasn't the last NYC has seen of Sonic Youth.
The pair confirmed the news in a statement from their Matador Records rep that reads, "Musicians Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, married in 1984, are announcing they have separated. Sonic Youth, with both Kim and Thurston involved, will proceed with its South American tour dates in November. Plans beyond that tour are uncertain. The couple has requested respect for their personal privacy and does not wish to issue further comment."
Ponytail @ Williamsburg Waterfront (more by Bao Nguyen)
"We regret to inform you that the wonder group known as Ponytail have officially called it a day. After releasing their amazing album "Do Whatever You Want All the Time" they were unable to make the touring portion come to life as the members have dispersed across the country in search of other life experiences. It's a bummer the world will never see Ponytail live again because it was truly honest music that filled you with extreme joy. An experience like that is rare these days and if you did see Ponytail live consider yourself lucky. Hopefully more bands will come along like Ponytail and shed light on the fakers.This message from the band comes just six months after they let everyone know that they did NOT break up. RIP Ponytail, sorry I'll never get to see you one more time.
Much love to the future."
Xoxo. Sir james winnie
One of those members they're referring to is Dustin Wong who happens to be playing a show at 285 Kent is Brooklyn tonight (9/22). His guitar playing skills are ace. Don't miss him. Dive and Heaven's Gate are both also on the bill.
Brand new Ponytail video (their parting gift) below...
R.E.M. just posted the following message to their website:
"To our Fans and Friends: As R.E.M., and as lifelong friends and co-conspirators, we have decided to call it a day as a band. We walk away with a great sense of gratitude, of finality, and of astonishment at all we have accomplished. To anyone who ever felt touched by our music, our deepest thanks for listening." R.E.M.Bye R.E.M.
I've had the pleasure of catching the crazy dudes in Double Dagger on occaision over the years, and it looks like I will have one more shot before they call it quits. Yes, Double Dagger is ending, but not without a string of select dates in late October that will include Death By Audio on 10/20 with AIDS Wolf and Zomes. The tour, which kick-off 10/12 and end 10/21, is bookended by two dates in their hometown of Baltimore.
Full statement and those tour dates below.
The Middle East @ BV-SXSW 2010 (more by Tim Griffin)
After it was reported that Australian band The Middle East announced their break-up from the stage at Splendour in the Grass, the band issued this statement:
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :The band's new full length album was just released in the US in July. They never got around to visiting our shores in support.
writing to inform you that we're ceasing. i'm not sure if we'll make more music later on or not.
we don't feel like playing anymore for a whole lot of reasons that i won't list here and i'm afraid if we continued any longer it would just be a moneygrab. i'd rather go hungry. thank you to all those who came to shows.
we had fun.
t.s elliot wrote 'you are the music while the music lasts', but he also wrote that confusing little book about cats so don't put too much stock in his quotes.
i'm very tired. until next time.
the middle east.
Ludicra at Europa (more by BBG)
Ludicra has officially disbanded. It's been a great and rewarding ride. We would like to thank all who've supported us and been involved. We have left over items for sale on the official website. The prices have been halved, so hopefully people can enjoy these things instead of them sitting in storage and we can pay our final bills. Thanks.We last saw Ludicra at Europa with Krallice, Castevet, and Atakke. That unfortunately will be their last NYC appearance. They will be missed, but you can catch some of that spirit in some of their other projects like Agalloch, Hammers of Misfortune, Impaled, and Ghoul.
Burnt By The Sun at Cake Shop (more by Paul Birman)
After playing a "maybe" last show ever, Burnt By The Sun will return from the grave one last time (they say) to support Harvest with Torchbearer at The Studio at Webster Hall on July 20th. Tickets are on sale. The show is one of three scheduled for Harvest in the coming months. The band will also play July 16th in Minneapolis with Disembodied at what may be their last show too...
"Harvest is returning to play their hometown after not playing for almost 12 years. Disembodied will also join them and it is rumored that this is their last show. At first the show was being held at a same venue which only held 200+ people. It has recently been moved at the Triple Rock Social Club, which makes more tickets more available now. I believe theirs show will sell out again so if you want to go, pick up your tickets as soon as possible. The show will also have Relentless, Venia, Former Thieves and Iron Rain. All this bands are from the Midwest so come out support No Coast Hardcore." [Ill Cause Webzine]Harvest's third upcoming show is the previously discussed Sound & Fury Fest in July.
In related news, Seattle band Trial have reunited and are also on the bill of Sound & Fury Fest. No need to travel all the way to California to see them though. They are playing a Panic Records Showcase at The Studio at Webster Hall in NYC on June 27th with Another Breath (their last NYC show), The Saddest Landscape, Powerwolves, and Don't Give A Fuck. Tickets are on sale. The date is one of four Trial currently have schedule, and they also played the "first-ever Panic Records Showcase" at Neumos in Seattle on May 27th.
All tour dates and some video below...
view of the fight from the audience (photo by John Obeidin)
Ben Weasel already apologized for his involvement in an altercation during SXSW at Scoot Inn, but now his Screeching Weasel band members have responded by quitting the band and writing their own letter. Read it in full below...
Salome at Union Pool (more by kolored)
"I'm no longer in Salome because of personal conflicts within the band. I wish them well if they decide to continue on, and I hope they're successful with all their projects. I'm continuing with Agoraphobic Nosebleed and will hopefully be forming another project in the future.No word on the future of Salome, but the departure of vocalist Kat Katz from the band is sad news. Salome released one of my favorite LP's of last year, not to mention killed live like at a 2009 BV CMJ show, and a 2010 BV SXSW one as well.
Thanks for everyone's support over the years. I greatly appreciate it." - Kat
As Kat pointed out in an interview in 2009, Salome started playing together in 2006.
Unearthly Trance at their last NYC show? (more by Jonathan McPhail)
After returning from a quake/tsunami-ravaged Japan where they toured with High on Fire & Melvins (all bands are OK), preceeded by an Australian tour with Monarch & Dark Castle, NYC's Unearthly Trance have called it quits.
Unearthly Trance played our FINAL show in Nagoya, Japan. We will no longer be playing live again. Thanks to all who came to see us over the years! -Ryan LipynskyHopefully "no longer be playing live again" won't also affect their recorded output (their latest LP V was one of my favorites of 2010) or Lipynsky's output with The Howling Wind. R.I.P. to one of my favorite NYC bands.
Thanks to Erik for sending in the above picture, and for pointing out that "there are flyers going up all over the city for LCD Soundsystem's last show on Saturday April 2, 2011 w Liquid Liquid and special guests at Madison Square Garden." And thanks Nick for also sending in the below pic that confirms the same: