Tuesday, June 23, 2009

My Morning Jacket on Hiatus

Thanks Chris.

From Spinner:

My Morning Jacket has a history of performing career-defining shows at Bonnaroo, but they weren't on this year's lineup. That didn't stop drummer Patrick Hallahan from going anyway, as a fan. It's not that My Morning Jacket decided to just skip Bonnaroo - they're not playing anywhere, any time soon. "Right now, honestly, we've just taken a big hiatus," Hallahan admitted to Spinner while enjoying a beer backstage. "We've been touring for eight years straight. We all have other things going on right now."

By that he means, of course, all-star side projects that are side projects for all their stars. Hallahan's been drumming in the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach's solo venture while My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James is part of the upcoming Monsters of Folk enterprise (which also features Conor Oberst, M. Ward and Mike Mogis.)

Keep in mind that, although it's been trendy lately for bands to downplay their demise by calling it a hiatus, when Hallahan says that My Morning Jacket is on a hiatus, that's exactly what he means. "Everybody's just taking time off and doing what they want to do," he says. "We're all in our own islands and eventually we'll all swim back to the mainland and get back together."

Okay, Patrick, that's allowed. Take your time, but hurry up. We want to see you at next year's 'roo.