Rilo Kiley Done As A Band
Indie rock band Rilo Kiley is, sadly, no longer a band, according to lead guitarist Blake Sennett. Sennett blames a number of abstract concepts for the band’s demise, among them “deception, disloyalty, and greed.” I’m guessing the main reason for the breakup is that lead singer Jenny Lewis became “too big” for the small band and was looking to branch out. Sennett, who I’ll always remember for his role on Boy Meets World as Joey the Rat, probably got sick of putting up with her shit. That’s pure speculation on my part, of course, but in a battle of egoes between Sennet:
I’m pretty sure Lewis is coming out on top 9 times out of 10. Not to say that Mr. Sennett isn’t a talented musician, but clearly Jenny Lewis was the driving force behind the band’s success. Goofy looking hipster guys who are musically proficient are a dime a dozen, but attractive, multi-talented singer-songwriters like her are pretty rare. In short, she’s a much more marketable commodity.
At any rate, the whole thing is too bad, because I’m not really a huge fan of Lewis’ solo stuff; it’s a bit too “alt-country” for my tastes. Sennet has a side band as well, called The Elected that I’ve never really gotten into. Rilo Kiley did put out 4 excellent records, though, with 2002’s “The Execution of All Things” probably being the best of the bunch. And who knows, with the way bands get back together these days we may see Rilo Kiley reunited after all.