Silver Jews split up

David Berman says he's 'got to move on'

Silver Jews mainman David Berman has announced that he is splitting the band up.

Writing on the band’s forum, Berman said he is considering moving into screenwriting.

Berman admitted that his wife Cassie, who also plays in the band, was initially upset by his decision.

He said: “Cassie is taking it the hardest. She’s a fan and a player but she sees how happy I am with the decision.

“I always said we would stop before we got bad. If I continue to record I might accidentally write the answer song to ‘Shiny Happy People’.”

A further post from Berman saw him launch a scathing attack on his father, the notorious Washington DC spin doctor Richard Berman.

“Now that the Joos are over I can tell you my gravest secret,” he wrote. “Worse than suicide, worse than crack addiction: My father. You might be surprised to know he is famous, for terrible reasons.”

Richard Berman made his name for working for US clients including tobacco firms and the fast food industry, creating ad campaigns that promote their products and discount government health warnings.

The forum post written by David Berman says his father’s job was one of the reasons he decided to split the Silver Jews.

“This winter I decided that the SJ‘s were too small of a force to ever come close to undoing a millionth of all the harm he [Richard Berman] has caused,” he commented.

Silver Jews‘ sixth album, ‘Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea’, was released in June 2008.