Thank You promo shot (Thrill Jockey Records )
Thank You, the Baltimore post-punk band, have broken up. Founder Jeff McGrath tells Impose the break-up was amicable, and the members will stay in Baltimore and continue to make music, just with other partners.
The band will perform its last American show Saturday at the G-Spot, where they'll play alongside Oxes.
Like several of the other local bands that have broken up recently - Ponytail, Double Dagger - Thank You had been together for years. Keyboardist Michael Bouyoucas and drummer Emmanuel Nicolaidis were in a group together before Bouyoucas and McGrath formed Thank You in 2006 with Elke Wardlaw on the drums.
Wardlaw later moved to Berlin, and Nicolaidis joined the band full time. A bass player, Steve Santillian, joined later. Under the name Thank You, they've released three albums, two with Chicago's Thrill Jockey records, which also carries Arbouretum and Future Islands.
According to Impose, the band has another release in the works; Thrill Jockey's spokesman, David Halstead, did not have any details to share.
But the band was more well known for its spastic live performances, which gives the quietly promoted show Saturday some added resonance. A hint of their performance style is seen in this live taping for WFMU.
The band released "Golden Worry," their first LP with Nicolaidis earlier this year, and went on a East Coast tour that ended in February.
The break-up was decided some weeks ago. Future Islands had invited them on tour, and the band-members decided they weren't up for another trek, McGrath tells Impose.
After the show Saturday, the band goes on a short European tour that will culminate with a performance at the All Tomorrow's Parties concert curated by New York band and former tour mates Battles.