Night Manager's two-year run came to a halt yesterday with the release of their first—and last—self-titled EP. With the link to their newest tracks came the word that they would be splitting, offering a thank you to everyone who's listened, written or cared enough to tell others about our music. I was one of those people.
Night Manager's jangly and rumbling rock tones underscored a much bigger sound, with Caitlin Seager's voice transcending genre along the way. It's a great compliment when a band is unable to fit their square sound into the circle hole of any “scene,” which is what I enjoyed most about Night Manager. You could have them play a punk show or a twee pop night and they would be equally complimentary. To this day, NM's “Blackout Sex” remains the easiest DJ segue to go from Thee Oh Sees into Fleetwood Mac.
When pressed a little futher, guitarist Ezana Edwards did mention there were some tensions in the band that came to a head when David Tassy quit to join Total Slacker last month. With the split, the members decided to pursue other things rather than continue on. We expect to hear new music soon, but then again, Night Manager just released some new music. So let's enjoy that while we can.