Brooklyn dance-punk outfit The Rapture have called it quits. Only problem is, they didn’t bother to tell anyone.
News of the split actually came via a press release for the Red Bull Music Academy’s latest New York takeover, where frontman Luke Jenner is listed as “formerly of The Rapture” on the lineup for a two-night William Onyeabor tribute concert. For confirmation, self-titled reached out to the trio’s on-again/off-again label DFA Records. Label manager Jonathan Galkin issued this slightly cryptic statement:
“I kept thinking it might blow over, but that might not be the case. Feel free to go to press with this headline: ‘Did the Rapture Break Up and Not Tell Anyone?'”
The Rapture released four full-length LPs during their 15-year existence, but are without a doubt best known for 2003’s Echoes and its smash single “House of Jealous Lovers”. Co-produced by LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy, Echoes is widely considered one of the best albums of the decade and helped revitalize New York City’s dance-punk scene. In the years that followed, The Rapture shared the stage with everyone from Daft Punk to Sex Pistols, and collaborated with Danger Mouse, Timbaland, and even Justin Timberlake. Their final release came in the form of 2011’s In the Grace of Your Love.
Below, enjoy an impromptu best-of: