Remember The Mae Shi's "Run To Your Grave" and their dank as hell Miley Cyrus cover "See You Again"? Shit might not be happening again. Ever. The local six-piece has been popping out electro-skizz jams since 2002, but have split up, citing artistic and personal differences fueled by founding member Jeff Byron's alcohol and substance abuse, as well as personal tension over who was being marketed as the band's "front man."
Whispers of the disbandment started last Thursday when Pitchfork posted a misguided "news" piece about the band's fall out. Jeff Byron and fellow Mae Shi member Tim Byron reacted by clearly and honestly explaining the split on their Myspace page -- an endearing act for a band who has earned swarms of loyal fans. The story goes like this: in early in 2009, The Mae Shi got their "First real 'manager,' and we were being told that to be successful, we should market ourselves as a four-piece. We were told we needed to 'focus,' and the audience needed something to focus on. We needed a 'front man.' We took that advice, and took aim at the future as a quartet -- Jon, Jeff, Bill and Jacob. Jon was our front man, and he did it well. Brad was fine was this, as he wasn't interested in performing, only writing and producing, but Tim felt weird and a little hurt about it" the band explained in their open letter.