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In Memoriam: The bands that broke-up in 2012

While the Mayan prediction that the world would end in 2012 didn’t come true, many bands chose to bow out this year anyway (although half of them will probably be back in five years for a reunion tour). From one-hit wonders, to skivvy-clad superstars and “mysterious” indie collectives we look back at some of the year’s biggest breakups.

Alexisonfire (2001 – 2012)

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Redefining “post hardcore” with their 2001 self-titled debut. Alexisonfire released four studio albums over the course of their career and are the only post-hardcore band named after a Lactating Contortionist. In 2011 the band parted ways with guitarist and vocalist Dallas Green who “opted out” to focus on his side-project City and Colour.

On their breakup:

“There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways…we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly. Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably.” – George Pettit

The Beautiful Girls (2001 – 2012)

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The laid-back rootsy, surf songs which dominated their 2003 debut album Learn Yourself. The Beautiful Girls enjoyed huge success overseas, touring Japan, Canada and the U.S many times. Throughout the years the band underwent a series of lineup changes with vocalist Mat McHugh remaining the only constant.

On their breakup:

“The phenomenal success of Mat McHugh’s second solo album, and its subsequent sold-out national tour, has cemented the hunger in Mat to step outside from behind the wheel and walk now with the wind in his hair, cloaked in nothing more than the name his mother gave him.” – The Beautiful Girls

Bridezilla (2005 – 2012)

Known for:

Experimental melodramatic pop. The five high school friends – Holiday Sidewinder, Pia May, Millie Hall, Daisy Tulley and Josh Bush – released Bridezilla’s only album The First Dance in 2009.

On their breakup:

“Many thanks and appreciation to all the musicians, producers, engineers, promoters, bookers, writers and journalists, home owners, studios, banks, airlines, hotels, venues, festivals, club owners etc. we’ve met and worked/played/stayed/flew with/for/pulled favours from over the years. Thank you for all the good times and the bad. Belated apologies for being little shits.” – Bridezilla

The Butterfly Effect (1999 – 2012)

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Their progressive, heavy rock sound. The Butterfly Effect released three studio albums and one compilation, EFFECTED, to mark their 10th anniversary. The band’s debut Begins Here and second record Imago both went “Gold” in Australia, exceeding 35,000 sales.

On their breakup:

“The Butterfly Effect wish to inform their fans and media that singer Clint Boge is officially leaving the band to pursue other musical interests. The remaining members of the band, Ben Hall, Kurt Goedhart and Glenn Esmond will continue to work together.” – The Butterfly Effect

Chumbawumba (1982 – 2012)

Known for:

Their 1997 hit ‘Tubthumping’ (which can still be heard echoing out of Bridie O’Reilly’s on any given Saturday night ). Chumbawumba were at the forefront of the UK cassette culture and anarcho-punk scenes in the mid ‘80s. Much of their early song-writing was inspired by social unrest present under the Thatcher Government, while later their political ire was focused sharply on Bob Geldolf and Live Aid.

On their breakup:

“We felt we’d got to a point where what we did as a band – and specifically the writing, recording, touring cycle – wasn’t doing justice to what Chumbawamba set out to do in the first place. We were always as much about ideas as music, and that meant doing more than writing, recording and touring songs.” – Chumbawumba

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