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?
Voxtrot – “Kid Gloves” (MP3)
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