In their nearly six years as a band, The Everybodyfields have made it their business to fully wrench any heart in their path with a deft combination of devastating lyrics, searing harmonies and rich Americana twang. But a note posted on their official website this afternoon
delivers an even more heartbreaking punch: The band is calling it quits.
Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews formed the band in Johnson City, Tenn. with dobro player David Richey in 2003. Over the years, other bandmates came and went as Quinn and Andrews remained the core of the act, with guitarist/keyboardist Josh Oliver, pedal steel player Tom Pryor and drummer Jamie Cook rounding out the group's most recent line-up.
"We have had such a blast playing for all of you in the past five or more years. We have slept on your couches, floors, patches of grass, and the occasional dog bed. We have drank your beer, eaten your burgers, and laughed and laughed with many of you until the early morning hours," the note reads. "...[I]t is with heavy, hopeful and forward-looking hearts that we are now saying so long for now to the everybodyfields so that we can officially pursue our own solo careers."
The Everybodyfields released their third album, Nothing Is Okay, in 2007. It landed at on Paste's best-of-the-year list, and in 2008 we named them among the Best of What's Next. As of last fall, the band had plans to record its fourth LP (they even played a few new tracks when they stopped by the Paste studios in November) and, according to the band's MySpace blog, some progress was made. But according to the band's label, Ramseur Records, "As of right now, there are no plans to release the next record."
Instead, Quinn and Andrews are embarking on seperate solo projects. Quinn's outfit, Sam Quinn + The Japan Ten, has been touring throughout 2009 and plans to release an EP later this year. Andrews has begun a monthly cover projects and will be heading into the studio with a new band soon.
We here at Paste sure are sad (major, major understatement) to see this wonderful young band go, but wish them all the best and plan to keep you all abreast of what Quinn and Andrews take on in their new endeavors.
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