Sometimes, when an artist is at the peak of their career and you have decided they are your current favourite band, they up and disappear, without so much of a musical trace. Was it fame-related cold feet? Or simply time to move on? Read below for 6 music acts that were on the airwaves non-stop, before being sucked into the black hole, with some never to be heard from again.
Missing Persons: Fleet Foxes
You probably remember American indie folk band Fleet Foxes from their 2008 hit Mykonos or the 2011 Triple J-rotational, Lorelai.
With their second EP, Sun Giant, and first and second albums, Fleet Foxes and Helplessness Blues respectively, all receiving critical acclaim, their future looked bright but, alas, it seems as though their success was fleeting (pardon the pun).
In January 2012, drummer J Tillman announced that he had left the band. That didn’t stop speculations of a third album, with the remainder of Fleet Foxes stirring the pot by posting on their Facebook page in June 2013 an image of a laptop, microphone and guitar, titled “Step one”, followed by an image of a broken mandolin, titled “Step two”. The dream was crushed however with the deletion of both posts and lead singer, Robin Pecknold, declaring that the band was splitting for the time being and he was relocating to New York City to study.
Missing Persons: Parachute Youth
Remember that Summer tune to end all Summer tunes in 2012? It seemed as though big things were in store for the Australian duo, described as “one of the hottest prospects in Aussie electronic music”, with appearances at Splendour in the Grass and Homebake and Can’t Get Better Than This amassing almost 6 million hits on YouTube.
It seems as though things didn’t get better than that for friends Johnny Castro and Mathew K Von, with the band splitting up promptly after the release of their January ‘14 track Runaway. Reliable sources have told me that Castro has now signed to Atlantic Records / Warner Music under the moniker of Yeah Boy, with an EP Can’t Get Enough coming out in May. And his other half? Through my finest detective work to date, I have discovered that on July 6th of this year, Von updated his Facebook profile picture. Thrilling stuff.
Meanwhile, fans of the now extinct band are holding on, still trying to figure out the vocal hook in Can’t Get Better Than This.
Missing Persons: Kisschasy
Remember when Australian rock band Kisschasy told us that Opinions Won’t Keep You Warm At Night?
Over their 10 year career, the band released two gold certified studio albums, two extended plays, a documentary DVD and compilation album, while also selling an excess of 90,000 records.
In 2009, Kisschasy took their new album, Seizures, on tour around Australia, coinciding with their Channel V Oz Artist of the Year win. They were then announced as part of the first lineup for the 2010 Big Day Out, also performing at Southbound, MS Fest, Pushover and 2010 Groovin’ The Moo. So where are they now?
Their location is still unconfirmed but ever-reliable source, Wikipedia, has quoted:
“Despite not having released a fourth masterpiece in almost five years, Kisschasy are not dead and do occasionally tour. Many have speculated that rather than touring, the band needs to get their asses in the studio and crank out some new tunes.”
Missing Person: Daniel Merriweather
Many of you will remember Australian R&B recording artist Daniel Merriweather from his 2007 collaboration with Mark Ronson, for the cover of The Smiths‘ Stop Me.
After winning numerous awards, performing with the likes of Mark Ronson, Scribe, P-Money and Kanye West, and also appearing on David Letterman in 2010, it seemed that the Stop Me singer was unstoppable. But then he mysteriously disappeared, with his Soundcloud page not showing a trace until 2013, with the update of the news of collaborations with both The Bamboos and Wordlife.
There have been no musical follow-ups since but a reliable source (AKA Twitter) has led me to believe that, unlike aforementioned Kisschasy, Merriweather has since gotten his ‘ass into the studio’ to ‘crank out some new tunes’.
He’d better get to releasing soon because his fans are getting antsy. “#justsayin”
Missing Persons: Black Kids
American indie rock band Black Kids had us jumping around on the dancefloor with their two hits Hurricane Jane and I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You. With their debut EP, Wizard of Ahhhs, receiving critical acclaim in 2007 and their album, Partie Traumatic, debuting at #5 on the UK Albums Chart in July 2008, the Kids’ futures looked bright. But, alas, they too fell into the black hole of musicians.
Was it perhaps the ‘new rules’ enforced on the music industry that caused such a sudden disappearance?
Sources have confirmed that the cause of disappearance was something much less news-worthy, with the reason being that the Kids have simply grown up, focusing on other creative avenues and abiding by the laws of nature.
Amidst procreating and not being dead, Black Kids started recording again in early 2013 with new songs Clocks and Wake Up, touring Brazil and the East Coast of the United States, and, according to their Facebook, are about to commence another tour in a month’s time.
Missing Persons: Operator Please
Operator Please, the first band to discuss such a deep topic as the act of Ping Pong, were formed way back in 2005 to enter their school’s Battle of the Bands. After winning the competition, the pop group went on to release the singles, Get What You Want, Leave It Alone, Just a Song About Ping Pong and their debut studio album, Yes Yes Vindictive.
After winning an ARIA Award in 2007 for Breakthough Artist, the five-piece went on several national tours and played at a variety of festivals, including Splendour in the Grass, Stonefest and Big Day Out. In January 2011, Operator Please released their fifth and final single from their second album, Gloves, with the last appearance from the band being their tour with Sparkadia.
The band never officially split, but friends close to the source have informed that they’ve been inactive since 2011, with the band members focusing on separate projects.
Keyboardist, Chris Holland, and drummer, Tim Commandeur, formed the duo group Colour Coding and released their debut Proof in March 2012, before suffering the same fate as their original band and declaring a hiatus in November 2013. Commandeur is now the drummer for Sydney electronic band, Panama.
Lead singer, Amandah Wilkinson is still performing, and looking remarkably different, under the moniker of Bossy Love. She released her debut EP, Me + You (not to be confused with Disclosure’s You & Me) in October 2013.
Which other music acts have disappeared without a trace? Tweet me at @bianca_interns and I’ll do some detective work for you.