Published Jun 23, 2009Following a healthy eight years as a band, guitar-heavy Brooklyn indie rock trio Oxford Collapse have announced that they're throwing in the towel. The group, who were constantly dogged with a "college rock" tag, released two albums prior to signing with Sub Pop, and two after, most notably 2006's Remember the Night Parties and 2008's Bits.
Oxford Collapse released the following statement via their MySpace blog about the break-up:
After eight years, 450 shows, and four albums, we've decided that we've reached the end of the line. To paraphrase the Grateful Dead, "what a long, strange, eye-opening, stomach-bursting, heart-breaking, bittersweet, educational, enlightening, mind-numbing, 'why-are-we-doing-this-shit?' / 'who-gets-to-do-this-shit?,' absurd, amazing trip it's been." To paraphrase another sage poet, "you gotta know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em."
Thanks go out to a million friends - all the awesome, talented people who helped us make records and put them out, everyone who put together tours for us, our families (who are still wondering when we will get real jobs), all the other wonderful and terrible bands we've loved touring, playing, hanging and eating with over the years. And of course a heartfelt thanks to everyone who ever came to see us play, bought something we were selling, said something nice, or let us sleep on their diarrhea-encrusted floors. (Except you, Branson, Missouri!)
To have one final go of it, the three of us are meeting up for a pair of shows in and around the city we called home in our time. Come out and party with us! Seriously, do not miss!!! Friday July 17th we are very psyched to be playing with old and dear friends Frightened Rabbit at Maxwell's, and Saturday July 18th, for our last show ever, we'll share the stage with best buds CaUSE Co-MOTION!, under-age phenoms The Beets, and our beloved Rape Excape, freshly reformed from the rubble of Princeton '04; plus a bunch of special guests! If you missed the original Last Waltz in '76, now's your chance!
Not that it matters to most of Canada, but the first of the two shows is already sold out.
Oxford Collapse farewell tour dates:
7/17 Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's *
7/18 New York, NY - Under the Tracks (508 W. 25th St.)
* with Frightened Rabbit
^^ with caUSE co-MOTION!, the Beets, Rape Excape