Rilo Kiley break up; guitarist Blake Sennett blames 'deception, disloyalty, and greed'


After thirteen years, five albums, countless side projects, and nearly as many famous-person plus-ones, beloved indie rock outfit Rilo Kiley have finally called it quits.

And apparently, they have not gone softly into that L.A./Omaha night. When asked back in April to describe the state of the then-on-hiatus band, guitarist Blake Sennett responded: “I would say that if Rilo Kiley were…hmmm…a human being…hmmm…he’s probably laying on his back in a morgue with a tag on his toe. Now, I see movies where the dead get up and walk. And when they do that, rarely do good things happen.”

And today, quotes Sennett as saying of the split: “I just felt like there was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to. I had related that frustration to music but I just thought, ‘I’m not going to put myself in that position again,’ so I said, ‘F— that, I can’t do this anymore.'”

“That being said,” he continued, “it was probably immature and that came from a place of ego. I think that stuff will rear its head in anything you do, depending on the personnel you surround yourself with; things change overtime and people change and relationships change.”

Sennett continues to record and tour with his side project The Elected, while Jenny Lewis has moved on from two well-received solo albums to Jenny and Johnny, a recent collaboration with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice; drummer Jason Boesel has also followed his own solo path, in addition to occasional side gigs with Bright Eyes/Conor Oberst, the Elected, and Maroon 5’s Mickey Madden.

When all is said and done, Rilo Kiley turned out a dozens of well-crafted, genuinely affecting songs (there is nary a bum note on 2002’s The Execution of All Things or 2004’s More Adventurous) as well as hundreds if not thousands of stirring live performances—which is more than most can claim. Wherever they go next, the Music Mix wishes them well.

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  • commentor

    Beverly Hills, what a thrill. Beverly Hills, what a thrill.

    • Kaci


    • lisa

      This is genius.

    • Ms. Chananndler Bong

      That’s hilarious.

    • Louie

      Another band that no one has heard of

  • tcc

    I luv Jenny but I hope she enjoys her “rabbit fur coat.”

  • Fatima

    5 albums? Help me remember: Take Offs and Landings, Execution of All Things, More Adventurous and Under the Blacklight. What’s number 5?

    • Luddite

      There’s a self-titled album.

  • mojo shivers

    Self-Titled/Initial Friend, which came before TOAL.

  • Luddite

    Can’t say I’m shocked – Blake sounded pretty bitter in all of the interviews they did when Under the Blacklight came out. But I’m still sad. (Happy I got to see them in concert though – they were great live.)

    • no cars go

      they really were amazing live. i saw them on my 20th birthday after more adventurous came out and tilly and the wall opened for them. probably the best birthday gift ever.

      • huh

        Jesus, I havent seen Tilly play in ages either. We’re getting old :/

  • jmiklane

    Camp Onnawana, we hold you in our hearts

  • Joan

    “deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to”

    I hope he’s not speaking about Jenny Lewis. Her solo work indicates otherwise.

  • jets

    they’ve got to be one of the most underrated bands ever. Their last album could be considered a classic if more would have bought and heard it. Another case of culture letting the good stuff slip off while Selena Gomez becomes the pop star standard and is rewarded as such. (b+ E.W. …really?)

  • Jeannette

    This comes as no surprise. I enjoy The Elected and wish Blake well.

  • Holmes Grotto

    It is rather ironic that Blake Sennett blames “greed” for his woes with Rilo, when both times I saw him, up close and personal, he discussed money.

    For example, during the early RK years, I overheard him tell his merchandise booth helper how thrilled he was with all the money they were making due to the high volume of goods they had sold at their t-shirt booth. A wad of dough was then handed to him and he bailed backstage with glee to prepare for the show.

    The next time I saw Blake was at the ameoba recs cd signing. Blake exclaimed to the girl in the line in front of me, “Wow! That is a really early pressing of our first ep – I’ll be that is worth a lot of money!”

    Is it bad to be excited about money? No. But, does he have to bring it up all the time?

    Anyone who has followed RK knows that he is jealous of Jenny. He already has shortman complex, so for him to suffer for years and years hearing “Jenny!!!”, hollered from the crowd, it has finally caught up to him. He is just bitter and butthurt. He said he doesn’t like ‘Under the BL’, especially ’15’ and ‘Dejalo’, which surprise! surprise! are written by Jenny. In fact the majority of that album was written by Jenny. So this was a blatant diss!

    He just wishes he was still with Jenny romantically and, mostly, that he could make as much $ as she can. But at the end of the day, you can throw a cute little red wig on Blake and he still ain’t Jenny. And, despite his amazing songwriting in Rilo, Rilo is Jenny Lewis not Blake.

    • BS

      Oh, yeah? Well, FU!

    • jrs

      i can’t say i don’t agree with 15 being one of the worst songs from UTB…but i do heart dejalo. yeah every time i met blake he was a colossal a-hole but who is to say that’s not just a persona he puts on when he’s with “the public.” sometimes jenny would ham it up, but that’s also showmanship. no one really knows what went down except those involved. i’ve seen jason performing with both jenny and blake separately. poor pierre.

  • Marion

    What a sad day! Rilo Kiley was one of my first favorite indie bands.

  • stoney b

    jenny makes me totally pitch a tent! Can we shave the biscuit?

  • Nancy

    I was always hoping they had a smart exit strategy from WB. Do a couple of commercial albums, then cash out, and just go back to doing what they were best at. I’m not entirely surprised they broke up, if what I just wrote wasn’t the motivation behind going-so- commercial-so-quickly in Hollywood. I wish them nothing but the best, and I feel sad that so many people lied to Blake, if that is as true as Blake has claimed this year or that he didn’t know about what was going on… Prior to Blake saying something like that, I just simply imagined that what I saw with their last album as some kind of big act they were putting on for the big wigs at WB and that cover on Rolling Stone Magazine (like something right out of a script or whatever), and they were on-top of what they had gotten themselves involved in as artists and businesspeople. Instead it seems that someone lied to Blake, and stole the whole concept out from under the blacklight, and their feet as indie artists, and probably silenced one of the best bands to have emerged in the last 20 years.

  • Get over Cheating

    Wow, awesome blog structure! How long have you been running a blog for? you made running a blog look easy. The full glance of your site is wonderful, let alone the content!

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