Maybe all good things really must come to an end, but it seems a little cruel that seven of them had to do so this year. With careers spanning from less than five years to nearly two decades, the bands that broke up in 2010 all left a mark on the music map that won’t be soon forgotten. It’s sad to think we’re entering 2011 knowing we won’t hear new music from any of these artists or be able to see them live, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for new groups to pick up the slack. For those who quit their rock, here’s our salute to you.
It’s technically an indefinite hiatus, but considering how many other projects these guys have their hands in (Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake, Handsome Furs, Frog Eyes, etc.) it seems unlikely they’ll be back together anytime soon. What started haphazardly as support for an Arcade Fire tour became one of the most consistently solid indie rock bands of the past decade, with two excellent songwriters — Spencer Krug and Dan Boeckner — at the helm and a handful of equally talented musicians backing them up. Each of their three fantastic albums was different, and the deep dedication evident in their live performances makes their split seem all the more abrupt. The band has left a big gap, and it’s going to take someone seriously joyful to fill it in again. We won’t believe in just anything, but we did believe in Wolf Parade.