With frontman Rob Zombie reaping the benefits of a thriving solo career, White Zombie has officially called it quits.
On Wednesday, the band announced that it would not record or perform together again, a decision that was reached during a conference call on Tuesday.
According to bassist Sean Yseult, the decision came not with the bang of a heated argument, but with the whimper that comes when a band has “run its course.”
“The decision was made yesterday, after a two-year hiatus,” Yseult told MTV News on Wednesday of the group’s decision to split after 13 years together. “It came as a surprise to me, but it was a mutual decision. We started this band so long ago and this decision is for the best. It is better to do it now. I feel bad for fans who’ve been asking about our next album. The touring and the fans were the best part of being in White Zombie.”
The band had been planning to record another album and talked about it a great deal during its hiatus.
The last plan of attack had the band getting together to begin writing in January of 1999, but those plans, as well as any future projects from White Zombie, have been scrapped. Yseult says that there are no unreleased White Zombie tracks waiting to surface, and that fans won’t be seeing the group reform for any special projects.
The decision comes just as Zombie, the band’s frontman and driving force, is preparing to launch his own tour behind his solo debut, “Hellbilly Deluxe.” While the move is no doubt a difficult one for Zombie, he can take solace in the fact that he has already logged one top five album in his solo career with “Hellbilly.” Zombie will also have at least one White Zombie alum, drummer John Tempestra, around on the road; the drummer played on Zombie’s solo album and will be joining him on tour.
Meanwhile, Yseult will now devote her attention to her surf band, Famous Monsters, whose debut album “In The Night” will arrive on October 20. The band recently
shot a video for their first single, and plans to launch a tour on October 1 in Memphis.
“I’m doing the surf thing now, but I still like Black Sabbath,” Yseult noted of the project. “It’s more like a cartoon than a band.”
While Zombie himself never referred to his solo work as a sign of White Zombie’s potential demise, he did hint that he found the departure to be a refreshing break from what sounded like a strained musical relationship. “(‘Hellbilly Deluxe’ is) only different in the sense that I didn’t have to hear people complain,” Zombie told MTV News recently comparing his solo work to his White Zombie days. “You know, you could like only worry what was good for the song, not what was good for everybody’s ego. That was a nice change of pace.”
“A couple of years ago it felt like it was over,” Yseult said. “But we took a break instead. It was just time to end it. There’s nothing worse than when a band just goes on to go on.”
While Zombie now leaves
behind a 13-year legacy of monster matinee-inspired dance metal that produced three studio albums as well as 1996’s remix outing “Supersexy Swingin’ Sounds.”