Rilo Kiley‘s indefinite hiatus got a lot more definite today when Spinner published an interview in which guitarist Blake Sennett apparently claimed that the band was in fact broken up, and had been since their Under the Blacklight tour wrapped in June 2008. He also took shots at some of the songs on Under the Blacklight and misquoted Annie Hall on the way to comparing Rilo Kiley to a band that wasn’t moving forward.
Sennett may simply be tired of answering the same questions about a band he hasn’t played with in years. In April, he told Consequence of Sound, “If Rilo Kiley were a human being, he’s probably laying on his back in a morgue with a tag on his toe. Now, I see movies where the dead get up and walk. And when they do that, rarely do good things happen.” Paste followed up on this line of inquiry a month ago, and Sennett seemed in better spirits about his bandmates and former band, though a reunion seemed no closer. Today’s interview, then, marks at least the third time he’s been asked about Rilo Kiley’s future while promoting the new Elected album Bury Me In Rings.
Of course, speaking publicly about hurt feelings has always been the M.O. of Rilo Kiley’s members, particularly Sennett and co-leader Jenny Lewis. We recall Sennett introducing the song “Fireflies in a Steel Mill” at an Elected show in March 2006—before Rilo Kiley even recorded Under the Blacklight—by comparing himself to a firefly and someone else, whom no one in the room doubted was Lewis, to molten steel, to the glow of which the firefly was, literally, fatally attracted. And, of course, their 2007 Spin cover story was much the same. Maybe, like Fleetwood Mac, they are broken up until the next time they get back together.
On the other hand, a better comparison might be to fellow Southern Californians Pavement, whose reunion shows last year started out triumphant (see: the Pitchfork Music Festival a year ago) but quickly descended into the same passive-aggression and bitterness that marked the time just before their initial breakup in 1999 (see: the Matador at 21 Festival in Las Vegas). In any case, Sennett continues to promise a hefty Rilo Kiley B-sides collection sometime in the future, so despondent fans have that, at least, to look forward to.
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