The Rapture

All signs point to the New York dance-punks the Rapture quietly breaking up. As Consequence Of Sound points out, a press release for an upcoming Red Bull Music Academy event in New York lists guitarist and passionate hyena-yawper Luke Jenner as “formerly of the Rapture.” When self-titled sought clarification, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records responded mysteriously: “I kept thinking it might blow over, but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: ’Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?’” That’s not exactly explicit confirmation, but it’s close enough to pour one out tonight for one of the greatest bands of the dance-punk revival.

After releasing their punk-oriented debut album Mirror in 1999, the Rapture incorporated elements of disco for 2001′s Sub Pop EP Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks. In 2002, they teamed with James Murphy’s DFA Records to release “House Of Jealous Lovers,” arguably the greatest, most important song of the dance-punk movement that swept through indie rock in the early aughts. Their sophomore album Echoes completed their rise to underground stardom in 2003. They took a funkier turn with 2006′s Pieces Of The People We Love then disappeared from the spotlight for a while before exploring gospel-tinged house music on 2011′s great In The Grace Of Your Love. They were responsible for a lot of great music, and if they’ve really called it quits, they will be missed.

Comments (11)
  1. Sad news if so, I thought the last album was really underrated.

  2. Sad news.

    I know I’ve been made fun of for my super love for “Echoes” but dammit it’s one of my favorite albums ever.

    Even without Mattie they kicked ass live. With Mattie they are still one of the best live bands I’ve ever, perhaps will ever, see.

  3. I first heard them when they played house of jealous lovers on.. uh… carson daly? blew my mind. rip. I can see them now rockin with the walkmen and white stripes in indie heaven.

  4. If you read the first line of our story, you’ll find that DFA confirmed this. No mystery involved, really:

    Seems like a great time to revisit their records, especially since everything since ‘Echoes’ was sorely overlooked comparatively. That said, Luke is already performing solo and said he just wrote a song with Joakim, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he put out a record where he sings over electronic producers. Would be a nice fit considering how soulful and unique his voice is.

  5. I loved “Out of the Races” at the time but felt they never were able to follow it up right.

    “Get myself into it” sounds a lot like Stereo MC’s “Connected” and maybe another song too which I’ve never been able to recall. Anyone?

  6. What’s unfortunate is that the early Aughts DFA sound they helped cultivate is experiencing a stylistic resurgence right now, and it probably could have benefited them had they worked on new material. Rest in peace to the band who practically started tastemaking for the masses.

  7. It was “Sister Savior” that got me into this band. It was unlike anything I heard since the early 00s was about 60s garage rock revival acts. What made them stand out was how catchy, bouncy and dancy their sound was. In fact, I wouldn’t surprise me if they inspired bands like The Bravery, Rock Kills Kid, and Stellastar. If this news is accurate, they will be missed and Im glad I saw them 2 years ago.

  8. Time to give us ‘The 10 Best The Rapture Songs’

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