Voxtrot

After a small farewell tour — called the “Goodbye, Cruel World… Tour” — Voxtrot will call it quits. Says Ramesh Srivastava on the band’s website: “The career path of Voxtrot was truly one of long, simmering build, explosion, and almost instantaneous decay. Slowly, I am learning to replace any feelings of regret with positive memories of how amazing the whole thing was, and how it has, in an unexpected way, fortified my character.” He goes on to explain why the band is ending.

I always felt a little bad for Voxtrot. Srivastava wore his heart on his blog, and after the band’s only full-length album didn’t live up to the high expectations set by earlier EPs, he was obviously disappointed. Maybe that accounts for the long break between new music, and for why 2009′s “Trepanation Party” single sounded so different, while their next new track, “Berlin, Without Return,” sounded more like their old stuff. Srivastava seems to address this back-and-forth in his goodbye letter, recalling a conversation he had with Travis’s Fran Healy:

Eventually, our conversation drifted towards the ebb and flow of our respective careers, as well as the anger that comes with not knowing how to pull oneself out of a creative rut. Obviously, our two careers have been on different scales, but nonetheless, the associated concepts are universal. At the end of the conversation, he said to me, “You can’t to keep writing the same song. You have to throw away the map. AND you have to keep creating, even if it goes nowhere for a while, you have to always keep creating… and it’ll be great.”

Perhaps worth revisiting?

Goodbye, Cruel World… tour dates:
05/21 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
05/22 – Appleton, WI @ Lawrence University
05/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex
05/29 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall *
06/03 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
06/23 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06/25 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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Comments (6)
  1. ‘Tis truely a sad day :(

  2. They left quite a few really great tunes behind on their EPs, and will definitely be missed without a chance to improve upon their average debut album. ‘Soft and Warm’ particularly is an awesome song, but also ‘The Start of Something’, ‘Fast Asleep’, ‘Long Haul’, and ‘Whiskey and Water’. Damn, gonna miss these guys

  3. Yeah, only I wish Fran Healy had not so quickly thrown away the map to writing clever, tuneful melodies and drawn up the new map of whiny, monotonous drivel. Just one more “The Men Who” would’ve been nice…

  4. I was really hoping to hear more from them…

  5. Seriously disapointing news.

    I’m of the opinion that their Debut wasn’t at all disapointing. Voxtrot just experienced the sophmore album backlash with their first album since everyone had been so hyped up and enjoying their EPs so much. It’s a shame though.

    I also don’t think they wrote the same song continually. And at the very least, they didn’t write the same song enough time for it to have gotten old yet.

  6. I really really like Voxtrot… but I gotta say this: WHAT A BUNCH OF FUCKING QUITTERS!
    It made me angry to see the WHY they broke up. Argh, wish I have never known them now :(

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