Colin Mee Leaves Deerhunter

The NYC-based amongst you are probably doing exactly what we are: counting the hours ’til the kick-off of a long weekend promising good weather and, starting at 7PM, the free show of the summer: Deerhunter and Battles at the Seaport Music Festival! (You bring the map, Battles will bring the “Atlas.”) No excuse to miss it. But before you take off on that extended afternoon-through-Tuesday coffee break, we have some sad news to report regarding our beloved, Kranky shoegazers: Colin Mee has resigned as resident noisemaking guitarist for Deerhunter.

Precious little more to report, unfortunately; we don’t know the circumstances surrounding Colin’s departure (sick of Bradford’s fights with journalists?), although we have learned from a source at Kranky Records that Mee didn’t perform at the band’s show last night, either. So for now the band is back to being a four-piece. More details when we get ‘em. For now, the band in content-quintet times…

[Left to right: Josh Fauver, Colin Mee, Bradford Cox, Lockett Pundt, Moses Archuleta]

UPDATE: Colin reached out to us to share his side of the story…

I essentially wasn’t passionate enough about Deerhunter to maintain the time commitment that it required. I’m very sad that it ended the way it did, but it was too much of a strain on my schedule and what we stood for in the media (which was probably what led to people buying our album and coming to our shows) didn’t reflect anything about my tastes or values, so it wasn’t as much of a priority to me. The circumstances of me leaving were that I couldn’t make it to a couple of shows we had booked next weekend and that was unacceptable to certain bandmates. I feel like I let them down as well as many friends and colleagues but I just had to make a difficult decision and I didn’t want to play any more shows that I wasn’t going to be happy with. I’ll add that I have nothing against anyone and I’m sure things will work out fine.

Best of luck to Colin and the Deerhunter gang. Kranky says that tonight Bradford will be on guitar, and plans are for the band to move forward as a quartet. See ya at the Seaport.

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