Published Jan 26, 2012We knew that the Books' singer/guitarist Nick Zammuto had shifted his focus to his own project Zammuto, but it turns out that this is much more than a stopgap side-project. In a new interview, Zammuto has confirmed that the Books have in fact called it quits.
Speaking to Pitchfork, the found-sound enthusiast explained, "It seems the air has gone out of the Books for the last time. It's been an extraordinarily painful year coming to the realization that there was no way forward for the band. I love the Books and all that it became, and it still feels strange to me that such an odd little project moved people like it did."
Zammuto cryptically added, "Right now, going into the details of it does not serve anyone, and I'm still too close to it to talk about it without getting angry. It's best for it to remain a mystery for a while."
The Books previously took a break in 2006 and eventually returned with 2010's The Way Out. Zammuto has now said that this final record was "an optimistic attempt to see if it could still work."
Even though the Books won't be creating any more collage-heavy experimental tracks, fans can still expect to hear some unheard material from the band. Zammuto revealed that we should look for "a couple LPs worth of B-sides and soundtracks, a box set with the four [Books] records, and an updated DVD later this year."
Of course, Zammuto will release his new project's self-titled album on April 3 via Temporary Residence Ltd.