The Weakerthans break up
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…