By Josiah HughesIn disappointing news, long-time Xiu Xiucollaborator Caralee McElroy has announced that she's left the band after more than five years of involvement. In a statement from the band's publicist, Caralee simply said, "I have decided to stop playing in Xiu Xiu for personal reasons. Thank you to everyone who has supported me in the last five years. Xiu Xiu are an important and amazing band, and will continue to be."
In response, Xiu Xiu front-man Jamie Stewart wrote some haikus, which we've left unscathed:
This is a sad note oh that it were just a joke ciao ciao McElroy
death is not the end after five years of art rock good night and good luck
will the sky fall down? xiu xiu has lost caralee no! xiu xiu for life
a last burst of noise! she crushes the best stomp box green russian big muff
i used to hate cats but she showed me they are gods meow caw caw caw!
she now drives a bus she now is a cosmonaut she now sells carrots
thank you for rolling you will be missed near and far thank you for rocking
While there is little other information from the band, they do promise a new album in 2010, and to tour "EVERYWHERE you have ever thought of," which presumably means they are touring Narnia, Neverland and even Imaginationland.