Gone But Not Forgotten – The Bands Who Split Up In 2016

2016 has been a cruel, cruel year


2016 has been bad to us in many ways, not least because it meant we lost these bands from our musical universe.

The Maccabees


Formerly known as We Are Augustines, this Brooklyn band called it a day in October due to financial constraints.
What we’ll remember them for: Breaking down the barriers between band and fans, and eschewing the stage to perform from the crowd.
Best song: ‘Nothing To Lose But Your Heads’


The Dillinger Escape Plan

The New Jersey mathcore group have long been a staple of alternative music, forming in 1997 and causing controversy ever since. They’ve still got a few tour dates left to play, but after those we’ll be saying goodbye to them forever.
What we’ll remember them for: Their legendary Reading Festival performance when frontman Greg Puciato shat in a bag, smeared some of it on himself then threw the rest at the crowd. Don’t get that with Coldplay.
Best song: ‘Milk Lizard’

The Enemy

The Coventry heroes emerged in 21st century indie’s golden era and kept sloughing away even when the spotlight had moved on to someone else. Still adored by legions of fans, they confirmed their split in April citing health, fatherhood and lack of exposure as the reasons for the break-up.
What we’ll remember them for: A knack for kitchen sink stories and social observations.
Best song: ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’

Bombay Bicycle Club

The north London four-piece left some room for them to reneg on their decision to part by calling it an “indefinite hiatus” so hopefully one day we’ll see them back together again.
What we’ll remember them for: Bookish indie hits and effortlessly segueing world influences into their pop hooks.
Best song: ‘Always Like This’

East India Youth

So William Doyle didn’t split up with himself as such (how would you do that?), but he did announce in February that he’s taking a break from writing and performing under the moniker for “the foreseeable”.
What we’ll remember him for: Weaving intellectual, electronic gold and always looking dapper while doing so.
Best song: ‘Dripping Down’


Honourable mentions

We also lost the following in the last 12 months: Pity Sex, Zibra, Fearless Vampire Killers (pictured).