And apparently, they have not gone softly into that L.A./Omaha night. When asked back in April to describe the state of the then-on-hiatus band, guitarist Blake Sennett responded: “I would say that if Rilo Kiley were…hmmm…a human being…hmmm…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.”
And today, Spinner.com quotes Sennett as saying of the split: “I just felt like there was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to. I had related that frustration to music but I just thought, ‘I’m not going to put myself in that position again,’ so I said, ‘F— that, I can’t do this anymore.'”
“That being said,” he continued, “it was probably immature and that came from a place of ego. I think that stuff will rear its head in anything you do, depending on the personnel you surround yourself with; things change overtime and people change and relationships change.”
Sennett continues to record and tour with his side project The Elected, while Jenny Lewis has moved on from two well-received solo albums to Jenny and Johnny, a recent collaboration with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice; drummer Jason Boesel has also followed his own solo path, in addition to occasional side gigs with Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst, the Elected, and Maroon 5’s Mickey Madden.
When all is said and done, Rilo Kiley turned out a dozens of well-crafted, genuinely affecting songs (there is nary a bum note on 2002’s The Execution of All Things or 2004’s More Adventurous) as well as hundreds if not thousands of stirring live performances—which is more than most can claim. Wherever they go next, the Music Mix wishes them well.
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