(Rohin, earlier this year, talking to The Vine)
"I think we’re going to take it a lot easier than we did in the last couple of years," said Jones. "We’re all pretty young; we’ve all got other things that we want to do, as well. While the band is definitely a big part of our lives, I don’t think we’re going to sell our souls to it again, you know what I mean? We’re just taking it at a leisurely pace. It takes its toll on your relationships, big-time. There’s no medium; there’s no balance. You’re with a group of people for 24 hours a day, which is too much time to spend with anyone. And then the other people who’re important in your life, you get to spend zero time with. Relationship strain is just a part of the road. For me personally, I didn’t see my girlfriend for about four months, and I was just like: "Yeah, this is not gonna fly for me anymore."
The double quotes in the title are mine. I’ve added them optimistically in the hope that it’s just Rohin being dramatic…
"…rumours filtered through to the triple j backstage tent that The Middle East were breaking up. When approached, the band’s label stated there was only to be an indefinite ‘break’ and not a ‘break up’"
Here’s the story from Triple J.
Was anyone there for the final performance of The Middle East?
UPDATE: Removed the double quotes :( My take: it is just Rohin being dramatic, but that’s enough… I wonder if the band’s management were taken by surprise.