Thursday, August 14, 2008
I Thought This Only Happened To My Parents' Bands...
In the past couple weeks, two bands that I really like have broken up. Be Your Own Pet announced they were parting ways a few weeks ago after the end of their UK tour. I was upset because I really like their two albums, but they're young kids and I'm sure they'll do something worth listening to in the coming years. I just regret never getting to see them play a live show, that would've been rad considering how wild they sound on their albums.
The more unsettling breakup was last week's announcement that Wolfmother had split, and that the lead singer planned on recruiting new members for the band while the bassist/organist and drummer formed their own band. They'd only released one stellar throwback of an album, and it'd been long enough where me and my friends were wondering what was keeping them from releasing a second album. I didn't think that in-fighting was the reason keeping them from recording.
Coupled with the breakup of The Format a while ago, I'm getting more depressed about bands I like breaking up. I wasn't really old enough to understand Rage Against the Machine breaking up, but I always thought of this stuff as what happened to all those 60s bands my dad liked. I hadn't yet made the connection that all the bands I like wouldn't age like the Stones or U2 and just keep making music forever and ever until I was willing to let them stop. I guess this is what keeps the good bands timeless, the ones that were good while they lasted and didn't stick around long enough to tarnish what made them great in the first place. I've got my own thoughts on the idea of band reunions, but that's for another post.