Canadian indie-rockers The Stills have broken up, according to an open letter to fans.
The Stills’ early incarnation came together in 2001 with vocalist Tim Fletcher, drummer Dave Hamelin, guitarist Greg Paquet and bassist Oliver Corbeil. They signed to Vice Records in 2003 and released their debut Logic Will Break Your Heart. The guitarist Paquet left the band in 2004, and the group released their sophomore album Without Feathers in 2006.
In 2008, they moved from Vice to the label Arts & Crafts for their third album, Oceans Will Rise, which garnered them Juno awards for Best New Group and Alternative Album of the Year.
A few excerpts from the letter follow.
How does one go about writing a message like this? I don’t know, but I will do my best . . . After the better part of a decade together, several months ago we sat down and decided to disband The Stills and part ways. Simply put, The Stills have broken up.
. . . ultimately, the best decision for each one of us, and in order for each of us to live fully, creatively, and freely, being true to our hearts, this had to happen.
Perhaps the most difficult part of all this is announcing it to you – I hesitate to say ‘fans’ – Our Friends. We’ve been extremely lucky to have shared this time with you, and for the love you’ve shown us, we are humbled, moved and thankful beyond words.
. . . Now that the book closes, we can look on the journey and see it as one trip, from beginning to end; one complete and perfectly imperfect universe.
And now our music and what it means rests in your hands. It belongs fully to the world out there, and especially to you. Make it all you wish it to be, in whichever way you most want to.
May your lives be filled with joy and happiness,