The group’s members – singer/bassist Caithlin De Marrais, guitarist Kyle Fischer, and drummer William Kuehn – broke the news in a press release.

“We are grateful to our new listeners and especially our longtime fans for their endless support and attention,” the band said. “We feel incredibly fortunate to have come up during a unique time in rock music, in a community that grew with us from the Midwest to Brooklyn and beyond.

“Making records has always been a revelation, and walking onto stage together we found a vision we could share.

“For us, this transition can be nothing short of heartbreaking. But for reasons both musical and personal, the three of us have chosen this time to move on.”

The band’s final shows will take place December 15 at Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Church and December 16 at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.

Rainer Maria formed in Madison, Wis., in October 1995, later moving to Brooklyn, N.Y. The group released its fifth album, Catastrophe Keeps Us Together, in April and toured extensively this summer as support for The Format.