I wish I could say that I was shocked by this, but I am not:
Lush have announced that they will be breaking up at the end of this year.
The four-piece previously broke up in 1996 before playing their first gig in 20 years earlier this year. They reunited for a warm-up gig at London’s 375 capacity Oslo venue on April 11. Their last live show had taken place in Tokyo during September 1996.
Posting a statement to Facebook, the band wrote; “It’s been a fantastic year for Lush. We received an incredible reception to our Blind Spot EP and the three beautiful career-spanning 4AD releases, sold out two Roundhouse shows, toured North America with great success and had a ball at our European festival appearances.”
I missed their show at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. I had the ticket, I had spent months waiting for the show to happen, and then the schedule of moving house got in the way of everything and obliterated my September. I literally spent every day working, moving, lifting, planning, and hoping everything would work out okay and it did.
I wish I could have gone, but I had to make a choice. Either clean the house and make it so that we could sell it or spend two hours trying to get to D.C., find parking, and wait to see the show. I chose the house, and it is good and sold. Of all the things I've had to deal with, selling the house in Maryland was the toughest and most important obstacle to overcome.
It wasn't a bad year--I saw Leo Kottke and Robyn Hitchcock from the front row, and I really would have liked to have seen Lush, The Replacements, and Ride but it was not to be. And the Bunnymen--can't forget them, either.
I don't know the particulars and I'm sure someone does. I hope it was not a case where Miki and Emma couldn't agree on anything. I suspect that the stress of it all was too much. Getting together and playing live should not disrupt entirely the raising of kids and all that--they have to come first. Moving house, raising a family, having a normal life--that's all vastly more important than music when you are in your advanced years.
Music is a young person's game. You can really do fantastic things when there are no obligations and no one left at home wondering where mummy went to and what city in North America is barely paying enough to host a show.
Time to get back to blogging, time to get on with things, time to savor the records and remember everything that is still wonderful to hear.