In a press release regarding Red Bull Music Academy’s tribute to William Onyeabor, frontman Luke Jenner was listed as “formerly of The Rapture”. No official announcement has been made from the band regarding their disbandment but Jonathan Galkin, the manager of their sometime label DFA Records, confirmed the split.
“I kept thinking it might blow over but that might not be the case,” he told Self-Titled. “Feel free to go to press with this headline: ‘Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?'”
Formed in 1998 by Jenner and drummer Vito Roccoforte, the New York dance-punk band made their breakthrough in 2003 with their track ‘House Of Jealous Lovers’, followed by their debut album ‘Echoes’. They featured on the NME Awards Tour in 2004 alongside Franz Ferdinand, The Von Bondies and Funeral For A Friend before supporting Daft Punk in 2007, after the release of their second album ‘Pieces Of The People We Love’.
Jenner briefly left the band in 2008 following the death of his mother and birth of his son but returned a few months later. Bassist Mattie Safer quit the band permanently in 2009 while the band released their last album ‘In The Grace Of Your Love’ in 2011.