Seattle grunge pioneers Mudhoney are going on sabbatical
following the departure of bassist Matt Lukin and the group's
split with Reprise Records. "Matt is going to take a break from music
altogether and have a quiet, adult life in Washington state," Rick
Gershon, now an ex-publicist for the band at Reprise's parent company,
Warner Bros., said on Thursday (June 24). Gershon confirmed that the
band was off Reprise but would not comment on a reason for the
departure. Singer Mark Arm apparently broke the news to fans
Tuesday in a letter to "Another Unofficial Mudhoney Home Page"
(www.unofficial-mudhoney.com); while Gershon confirmed the plans
mentioned in the posting, he could not verify that it came from Arm.
"The rest of us aren't sure what Mudhoney will do next except that
we're going to take a break from the band," read the statement attributed
to Arm. The group is currently preparing a two-CD greatest-hits and
rarities collection on Sub Pop, the label that gave it its start in
the late 1980s.