No lie -- it's been fun writing about Josephine Collective. Over the past few years, the screechy emo pop band from Johnson County developed a sizable -- mostly teenage -- fanbase, got signed to a major label, experienced a little backlash, partied hard and (some members) exhibited occasional signs of egomania. But it's all over now.
Well, the Collective part is, anyway.
After hearing a rumor that a Beaumont gig last weekend was JoCo's final bow, I rang up singer Alexander Sandate, who confirmed the news. A seven-member ensemble back when I wrote about them in 2007, JoCo shed its bass player and drummer last December. Since then, the line-up was down to Martin Swank, Dillon Devoe, Sandate and Damon Baltuska. Sometime before that, the band parted ways with Warner Bros. Sandate poetically described the split from the label as "a slope into a lot of fog."
"All I know is we don't owe them any money and they haven't given me some money that I deserve," he says.
Sandate said that for a while the plan was to write an album and get back on the road as a four-piece. But as time went on, it became apparent that everyone was more interested in their own projects. "It kinda felt like we were growing out of ourselves," he says. He plans to pursue singing -- he was getting ready to fly somewhere for an audition. "Dillon has many tricks up his sleeve," Sandate said. "Martin wants to travel. We all want to travel; we all want to play music."
The band hasn't ruled out the possibility of a reunion someday. And disappointed at being able to squeeze only four songs into last weekend's set, Sandate said the band hopes to schedule a proper send-off gig for later this summer. "But it's definitely time that we each branch off from our brotherhood right now and become independent so that nobody's leaning on each other," he said.
Future developments involving JoCo members will be promoted on the band's MySpace page, he added.
Good luck, boys.
Photo by Chris Mullins, courtesy myspace.com/josephinecollective.