Throbbing Gristle

Pioneering avant-garde industrial act Throbbing Gristle today announced its break-up “for the time being,” saying frontman Genesis P-Orridge informed the other members this week — on the eve of several scheduled European concerts — that “he was no longer willing to perform” with them.

In a post on Throbbing Gristle’s website (via The Quietus), the band reports that its members and management received two e-mails from P-Orridge on Wednesday — just four days after the full group performed in London — “stating he was no longer willing to perform in Throbbing Gristle and returned to his home in New York.”

Therefore, according to the band’s statement, remaining members Cosey Fanni Tutti, Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson and Chris Carter “have concluded that once more, and for the time being, Throbbing Gristle has ceased to exist, at least as a live entity.” This mark’s the second break-up for TG, following a split that lasted from 1981 to 2004.

However, the remaining three are trying to keep the band’s current commitments, and although they’re canceling this Saturday’s concert in Prague, they will perform as X-TG at previously scheduled concerts in Bologna, Italy, on Nov. 2 and Porto, Portugal, on Nov . 5. Throbbing Gristle also was slated to play the Godspeed You! Black Emperor-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties “Nightmare Before Christmas” on Dec. 4 in Minehead, England, and whether X-TG will fill that slot “is still to be confirmed,” according to the group.

As for future music from the remaining TG trio, the P-Orridge-less trio writes: “We hope fans will appreciate and enjoy this new project and the trio is looking forward to performing exciting new and radical electronic musics together.”

Watch Chris Carter’s video announcing TG’s 2010 dates after the jump…

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