Published Aug 18, 2010California psych dub outfit Pocahaunted have flirted with success over the past few years, and their 2008 LP, Island Diamonds, got a nod as one of Exclaim!'s favourite experimental albums of that year. In recent months, however, they've been overshadowed by former member Bethany Cosentino's new project, Best Coast. Now, the band have officially decided to call it a day.
This news comes from a message posted by founding member Amanda Brown on the group's MySpace. It reads:
Oh man it's been four years since Bethany and I started Pocahaunted. I feel like over those years the members and the music changed every four minutes. And still there you were listening. I'm so grateful for all the couches crashed on, all the shows set up, all the records ordered, all the kind words said. When the Jonas Brothers claim they couldn't do it without their fans we all roll our eyes, but we shouldn't. It's been a long time since I played a show for myself or drove through South Carolina on a personal whim. I do it because yr there, and some of you have even been there since I was just sitting cross legged with an out of tune guitar and a mic duct-taped to a keyboard stand. Part of me still has a real feeling of innocence about this band - and part of me feels the wisdom that comes with four years of crazy creation. It's just that time to shimmy on.
In an email to Consequence of Sound, Brown added, "Even though we feel like we had better songs to write and more interesting paths to follow, it felt healthier, happier and more invigorating to put this project to rest."
We'll see if she can match Cosentino in terms of post-Pocahaunted success.