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Stereolab Go on Hiatus

Yesterday, it was announced via Stereolab's manager Martin Pike on the band's website that the group would be taking an indefinite hiatus. The band will have more music coming out soon-- Chemical Chords 2 , the follow up to their 2008 first part , and a handful of reissues--but there are no more plans to record, and the band even canceled their only two dates on the docket.


Here's the full text of Pike's message:


Dear All,

As we recently made #51 with Emperor Tomato Ketchup in the Amazon 100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of all Time we feel that our work is done for the moment.

We have had to cancel the last two shows that we were scheduled to play, apologies to all that had bought tickets, and there are no plans to record new tracks.

Duophonic are working on the release of Chemical Chords 2, we also have plans for a new Switched On and remastering of the back catalogue.

We are are all going to have a bit of a rest now after nearly 19 years and work on a few other projects.

The website will still be updated and disks released but there won't be any new Stereolab product for a while.

The Amazon list Pike is referring to is this one . Stereolab have essentially been grinding since they formed in the late 80s, with only modest breaks in between records, so they're overdue for some time off. Whether this means the band is done completely is up in the air at this point, but the world of post-rock just got a whole lot less quirky all of a sudden. [ Pitchfork ]

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I hope they are not breaking up...

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I actually hope they are breaking up. An amazing band in their prime, but it's been too long since they did anything truly great.

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I have to agree, though there are flashes of brilliance. And I find the more recent stuff is growing on me, rather than making me happy immediately like their best work.

I'm interested in what's still in the vaults, and how the remasters will turn out.

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Chemical Chords 2 and Switched On will be nice but they deserve a break. Take a breather folks!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Frosty/Kyle.jpg Kyle Lemmon

I'm not as sad by this as I should be. Damn good band, but I haven't been truly excited about them for some time. Terrific live though.

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God I love their last album and all albums prior...the world of sound just seems dull without. Chemical chords made me smile and got me out of bed in the morning.


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