Published Sep 03, 2009TV on the Radio fans: grit your teeth and get ready for some bad news. The Brooklyn, NY-based experimental rock powerhouse have announced that they'll be taking a year off.
When you consider Kyp Malone's upcoming solo work as Rain Machine, Tunde Adebimpe's guest spot on Massive Attack's new EP and Dave Sitek's constant stream of production work, not to mention the band's non-stop touring cycle, it's amazing they even lasted this long before needing a breather.
In an interview with MTV News, Adebimpe said that the band's recent appearance at San Francisco's Outside Lands festival would be the last time they perform for a bit. "This was the last show for us for a while," he said. "We've decided to take, well, the going theory is to take about a year off, because you have to go and live a life and change things up."
Adebimpe revealed that the break would also be good for the band's friendships with each other, saying, "We've been on tour for almost a year now, and towards the end of the year, you do end up getting things out during the show, subliminally, that you can't get out with someone on a bus... Because you can say something to someone on the bus, and then after you've let it out, you realize you've got six hours sitting across from that person. Like, 'Remember when I called you a dick a while ago? That was just, uh, caffeine and all sorts of sleep depravation talking, and I really didn't mean it, and I hope you don't take it to heart, even though I can tell that you are because you're not talking to me.' It's basic cabin fever."
With all of the band's related projects on the horizon, it's more than likely that the time will pass quickly for all of us. Rain Machine's debut album is out on September 21 after all, and that Adebimpe-sung Massive Attack track is already making the rounds online.