Grandaddy Breaks Up
Grandaddy's Jason Lytle spoke with NME.com today, and confirmed that the band has broken up. The album Just Like The Fambly Cat has already been recorded and will be released later this year, but the band has no plans to tour again.
Lytle told NME the breakup was "inevitable... refusing to buy into the way things are traditionally supposed to be done has made things worse for us." He cited financial issues ("it hasn't proved to be a huge money-making venture for a lot of guys in the band") and communication problems within the group as leading to the split. He characterized the current feeling as "awkward", and said while the break-up itself was "kind of sad", they had "come to terms with the fact that we gave it a pretty good go."
Drummer Aaron Burtch posted a message on the band's website about the breakup:
yeah, well i guess that's it.
don't really know what to say, and maybe there just aren't any words to properly express my feelings about the past 14 years or so. it just goes too deep. maybe i'll post something more proper and detailed sometime in the future, but for now i just want to tell you all thank you for being there for and with us. we'll never forget you and we'll be forever grateful to you for being friends and supporters of our dumb band.
please excuse me while i limp off into the sunset.
Grandaddy - A.M. 180 (from Under the Western Freeway)
Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake (from The Sophtware Slump)
Grandaddy - The Warming Sun (from Sumday)
Grandaddy - Cinderland (from the Excerpts From The Diary of Todd Zilla EP)