Rilo Kiley Is Over
The group formed in 1998 and released its debut full-length album, Take Offs and Landings, in 2001. Rilo Kiley last toured in June 2008 in support of its fourth full-length studio album, 2007’s Under the Blacklight.
In an interview posted online Wednesday, Spinner reports that Rilo Kiley’s hiatus is permanent – and that things between the band members didn’t end on a happy note.
“I just felt like there was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to,” Sennett told Spinner. “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, 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.”
The comments echoed another interview Sennett gave with ConsequenceOfSound.com in April in which he called the band dead.
“I would say that 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.“
Sennett also talked to Spinner about his frustrations with the band’s last album, which appropriately features a tune called “Breakin’ Up.”
“I don’t think it was our best record by far,” he told Spinner. I think that it could have been our best but I think we were under pressure. There were some of our best songs on that record but some of our worst songs.”
Although the band may be dead, Sennett said there’s a possibility of putting out Rilo Kiley’s unreleased songs.
“I think we’re going to try and release a two-disc set of 40 songs, or something. I think that can be more considered like our last release, to me. But I don’t know.”
In May Sennett released his third album, Bury Me In My Rings, with indie rock band The Elected. Rilo Kiley drummer Jason Boesel, who has played with The Elected, released his debut solo album, Hustler’s Son, in 2010.
Last year Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis released the album I’m Having Fun Now with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice under the moniker Jenny And Johnny. She had previously put out two solo albums including 2008’s Acid Tongue.
Click here for the Spinner story.
Click here for the Consequence Of Sound story.