A few weeks after being forced to cancel their appearnce at this year’s Ruido Fest in Chicago due to visa issues, beloved Chilean trio Miss Garrison have now announced they’re taking an indefinite hiatus. The band took to social media on June 11 to share the news of their break with fans, and also used the occasion to thank them.
“After almost 10 years of uninterrupted work, we have decided to take an indefinite hiatus from the project. Life is pulling at us and we feel it’s time to stop for awhile and find fulfillment in other things. We love you very much and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all these years of support,” reads the statement posted by the band in Spanish.
Miss Garrison was formed by Fran Straube, Tomás Rivera, and Matías López – who was later replaced by Rodrigo de la Rivera – in 2009, and released three albums in the course of a decade: 2010’s Tire y Empuje, 2012’s deAaB, and 2016’s Al Sol de la Noche, plus a two-track EP recorded in New York as part as the Converse Rubber Tracks project. The trio has been praised by critics and listeners alike for their sophisticated, smoky indie pop, offering a much-needed darker balance to the internationally known “pop chileno” scene using a mix of electronics and traditional rock elements.
Throughout their career, Miss Garrison have also excelled on stage, thanks to their powerful live performances. They have toured across North and South America, as well as Europe, performing at renowned festivals like Lollapalooza Chile, Primavera Sound, and SXSW, and, more recently, Festival NRMAL, and Fauna Primavera.
Following the recent breakup of fellow Chilean duo Dënver, the news of Miss Garrison’s indefinite hiatus is, at the very least, unexpected. With their latest musical output and tour schedule, it felt like they were at the top of their game. Straube will continue pursuing her solo career as Rubio, and we’re sure we’ll hear more from Rivera and De la Rivera in the near future. But for now, we can soak in their outstanding discography until their return.