Published May 19, 2010When a band that spawned a thousand other boring bands finally breaks up, do we mourn or celebrate? Yes, we'd celebrate if every dull-as-doornails metalgaze band that "sounds like Neurosis or Isis" broke up, but we're a bit bummed when Isis themselves announce they're throwing in the towel.
Announcing their break-up, Isis posted on their blog on Tuesday (May 18) that they have "reached an end."
"It's hard to try to say it in any delicate way," says the post, "and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn't something that occurred overnight and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made, and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close."
The band are about to leave on a tour of Canada and the U.S. and their last show will be in Montreal (coincidentally, where their first show was) on June 23. See a listing of dates here.
After the tour they will complete some projects that they already have planned, including a final EP, compiling live footage for "future releases," and "generally doing whatever we can to make our music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it," reads the post.
Isis were together for 13 years, released five albums of varying states of excellence (the last being 2009's Wavering Radiant), and remained one of maybe four bands who were able to keep nine-minute songs based on repetition interesting. They will be missed.
You can read Isis's full statement here.