US indie rockers Grandaddy have split up, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.
Frontman Jason Lytle has confirmed the news today (January 27) -but also said there will be a farewell album from the group. ‘Just Like The Fambly Cat’, the outfit’s fourth full-length album, will be released by V2 later this year. There will be no tour or farewell shows.
He told NME.COM: “It was inevitable. There’s a path that we’re on…we rode it out for as long as we could. On one hand our stubbornness has paid off, but on the other hand refusing to buy into the way things are traditionally supposed to be done has made things worse for us.
“The realistic part is it hasn’t proved to be a huge money-making venture for a lot of guys in the band. We’ve been doing this for a long time and you have to ask yourself ‘Why am I beating myself up like this?’…week after week, month after month, year after year.”
He also disclosed that the end came during a fraught band meeting in December, when all grievances were aired – and the five-piece didn’t want the evening to end.
He recalled: “We structured a little meeting to make it real. We got together one day in a place downtown where we wouldn’t be bothered and had it out not knowing if it was gonna end. There was a lot of frustration in varying degrees, and a lot of it was built up from lack of communication.
“We had the opportunity to get it out into the open and come to terms with the fact that we gave it a pretty good go. We had witnessed the best it could be.”
He added: “It’s awkward right now…but it was far from throwing blows. It was kind of sad, because we knew it would be the last time we would hang out in that situation, so we dragged it out as long as we could!”
Lytle also admitted that while recording ‘Just Like The Fambly Cat’ he was aware that it was unlikely the record would be toured. He will now move from Grandaddy’s Californian base of Modesto to Montana, where he will continue making music, though he has made no firm plans about his future yet.