Published Apr 21, 2010Since forming in 2003, Austin, TX-based indie rock quartet Voxtrot have garnered their fair share of adoring fans, both with their EPs and 2007's self-titled effort. Since that album release, the band have remained relatively quiet, although they did manage to release their limited Berlin, Without Return... seven-inch in 2009. But that looks as if it will be the band's last official release, as they've decided to call it quits.
In a letter to fans, front-man Ramesh Srivastava explained that the break-up was a longtime coming. "The career path of Voxtrot was truly one of long, simmering build, explosion, and almost instantaneous decay," he explains. "Slowly, I am learning to replace any feelings of regret with positive memories of how amazing the whole thing was, and how it has, in an unexpected way, fortified my character."
Srivastava continues the note by explaining that his decision to end the band came from an artistic and creative crisis, wanting to leave behind "something beautiful, something that finds its way into the lives of strangers, and forever alters them in a positive manner."
He concludes the note by saying that this might not be the complete end of Voxtrot, writing, "This is not to say that Voxtrot will never play again, and certainly, if Voxtrot has never been to your country (or continent) we are open to ideas, but for all intents and purposes, this series of live shows will be the last."
The wordy farewell letter, which features references to Travis's Fran Healy and Peter Falk's Columbo character, can be read in full here. The "series of live shows," all of which are in the United States, are listed below.
Voxtrot's "Goodbye, Cruel World" tour:
5/21 Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
5/22 Appleton, WI - Lawrence University
5/27 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
5/29 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
6/03 Austin, TX - Emo's
6/23 Washington, DC - Black Cat
6/25 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom