Stereogum Wraps Up the Bands We Lost in 2014

Category:  Music
Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 at 12:55 PM
Stereogum Wraps Up the Bands We Lost in 2014 by Alex Bieler
Photo of Death Grips by Jonny Magowan

There were several artists who released their first albums this year, as 2015 marked a launching point for Ex Hex, FKA Twigs, Fear of Men, Benjamin Booker, and several other new bands/collaborations/solo acts. Stereogum Founder and Editor-in-Chief Scott Lapatine has put together a video documenting some of the bands we lost in 2014, a slightly depressing tradition of his since 2008.

The tribute features a wide range of acts, from music lifers The Allman Brothers Band and Roxy Music to not nearly as widely-known groups Blanche Blanche Blanche and Nortec Collective, as well as the alternative darlings like The Knife, Crystal Castles, and the always-intriguing and rebellious Death Grips. If you're not much of the "In Memoriam"-viewing type, here's Lapatine's list in alphabetical order.

  • The Allman Brothers Band
  • Beady Eye
  • Blanche Blanche Blanche
  • Castevet
  • Centro-matic
  • The Civil Wars
  • Crash of Rhinos
  • Crystal Castles
  • Danity Kane
  • Darkside
  • Death Grips, although you never really know what's truly going on with this band
  • Dirty Beaches
  • Further
  • Guided By Voices, for the second time
  • Happy Jawbone Family Band
  • Hooray For Earth
  • Klaxons
  • The Knife
  • Mr. Dream
  • Nortec Collective
  • North Highlands
  • Orbital
  • The Rapture
  • Roxy Music
  • Smith Westerns
  • Twilight
  • The Wanted
  • The Whitest Boy Alive
  • Vivian Girls
  • Yellow Ostrich
  • Yellowbirds

Man, that's a lot of bands that broke up in 2014. Here's the 3-plus minute video, accompanied with appropriately melancholy music and Academy Award-style applause.

Bands can break up for any numbers of reasons - a desire to try something new, infighting, lack of profits, etc. - but we can always hope that at least a few of the musicians from the above groups can turn the end of one act into a bright future for another. Also, as Lapatine mentioned at the end of his article, "Hug your favorite band extra tight tonight," because it will be a sad day when its gone.

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