I’m just gonna post this…

03 August, 2011

(As it appeared on Facebook)


writing to inform you that we’re ceasing. i’m not sure if we’ll make more music later on or not.

we don’t feel like playing anymore for a whole lot of reasons that i won’t list here and i’m afraid if we continued any longer it would just be a moneygrab. i’d rather go hungry. thank you to all those who came to shows.

we had fun.

t.s elliot wrote ‘you are the music while the music lasts’, but he also wrote that confusing little book about cats so don’t put too much stock in his quotes.

i’m very tired. until next time.

sincerely yours,

the middle east.

Management response

02 August, 2011

TheMusic.com.au reports:

The band’s manager Mel Lake told us today, “I can confirm that both Rohin and Jordan said that their performance at Splendour yesterday would be their last show. To say anything beyond that would be speculative…”

That’s highly informative isn’t it. I don’t think she knows any more than we do. Read the article here.

Thanks for the music

01 August, 2011

(Let’s hold virtual hands and watch this together…)

On a positive note, I’m pretty sure this isn’t the last we will hear from Rohin, Jordan, and the rest of the guys. I think it’s safe to say that whatever they end up doing will be amazing. And I don’t think anyone would rule out a reunion, maybe once Rohin decompresses for a bit and learns how deal with the rock-n-roll lifestyle… :)

Update: how quiet are the audience at 6:30..

Final performance pic

01 August, 2011

Source: https://twitter.com/marcfennell/status/97590735196520448

More responses via Twitter

01 August, 2011

Sad tweets

01 August, 2011

The Middle East breakup report roundup

01 August, 2011

(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."