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Being in a band is not unlike committing to a long-term romantic relationship. It's more heavy lifting than anything else, the bad times make you wonder why you do it at all, and the good times make you wonder why you'd ever want to do anything else. And, like long-term romantic relationships, bands split up more often than they commit to one another for all eternity. But that doesn't mean they don't have some good times while they're still together, right baby? You know it's true.
This year saw an uncommon rash in local-band breakups and member shufflings, and many of the splits befell bands that actually had some shit going for them. I wrote a brief piece memorializing some of Nashville's fallen bands for this year's upcoming Year-End Rock 'n' Roll issue. See my piece after the jump.
The following includes several of the member-repurposings and breakups that we're aware of, but if you know of any more untimely band demises that we might have missed, please share them in the comments. RIP, y'all.
It's been an emotional year for Nashville's indie-rock, punk, folk, rock 'n' roll and pop scenes. We've seen the dissolution of legendary locals Silver Jews as well as an indefinite hiatus from punk favorites MEEMAW. What's more, principle MEEMAW member Wes Traylor went on to join Turbo Fruits, leaving shortly thereafter to focus on his group Natural Child. Turbo Fruits found new life with The Tits' rhythm section, but that resulted in the disbanding of the controversial mammary cock-rockers. The Tits' fellow Holly House Collective members The Glib moved away, while Shoot the Mountain suffered significant member change-ups. Indie-folk troupe All We Seabees went their separate ways, while the former Roadrunner Records up-and-comers De Novo Dahl also became defunct. They're back again now, but the same can't be said of Scene favorites Hotpipes. They have one final recording in the works, but future live performances are allegedly out of the question. Gone too are the days of experimental-pop megagroup KinderCastle--as a matter of fact, they announced their breakup at the three-year anniversary party of the Scene's music blog, the Cream. Movement Nashville's indie-pop crew Tommy and the Whale also called it quits, proving that punkers and popsters alike are capable of meeting an abrupt end.