After five years of fun and memorable shows, The Whisperlights are calling it quits. Like all veterans of long-distance relationships, the band members tried to make it work by getting together once a year or so and rekindling the magic, but they had the added problem of trying to get eight people together. With members living on both coasts, it became more and more difficult.
Saturday, this energetic chamber-pop band will perform its final show back home, at Crescent Ballroom. We can't say we're not surprised; The Whisperlights hadn't been regular faces in the Phoenix crowd for a while, but their Los Dias De La Crescent performance was a wonderful weekend retreat for the band and its fans. Like any faltering long-distance relationship we wanted to make it work, we really did. But the band is making a clean break, and we'll have to respect that.
"We want to have a party and play our favorites one more time before everyone moves too far away to come back for shows easily," says singer/guitarist Ilya Riske. "We're playing all rockers at this show. Well, maybe one slow jam."