The Whisperlights' Long Distance Relationship Is Over

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The Whisperlights weren't always a cross-country affair, but they didn't have long together in Phoenix after getting together in the spring of 2009. "I'd say that was our most productive time, 2009 and 2010. We practiced about three times a week and wrote a lot of material and played a lot of shows in that time. We recorded Wake Up Dead in September 2009, then most of Surfaces in May 2010."

Then the moving started. Guitarists Owen Marshall and Dave Gironda left that September, with Marshall attending graduate school at Cornell and Gironda heading to Austin. Later on drummer Wasef El-Kharouf went to film school at USC. Their periodic reunion shows got more difficult as time passed, but every band member will be in town for the final show. And it is the final show--when asked about any future re-reunions, Riske was unequivocal. "No, this will be it. No hope!"

Like any bittersweet breakup, all of us are left with a few regrets--Riske, for his part, says the band could've stuck together if things hadn't been so star-crossed. "Personally, there were 10 more songs I would have loved to play and record. We'd all still be playing in a band together if everyone still lived here."

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Melissa Fossum
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