It isn’t an election year, but the Presidents of the United
States of America have already dropped out of the race.
The band just announced their breakup.
The Presidents called it quits after lead singer Chris
Ballew decided he wanted to pursue a solo career. PUSA is
the second Seattle group to drop the bomb this year;
Soundgarden announced their breakup in April. In
that vein, drummer Jason Finn said, “We broke up
for the same reason Soundgarden did … Chris left the band.”
In a statement issued by Columbia Records,
guitarist Dave Dederer thanked everyone who
supported the Presidents during the last four years. PUSA will
perform a farewell concert in Seattle in February and will release
a collection of unreleased material, new songs, b-sides and live
tracks sometime next year.
Also, making history with history, PUSA recorded a version of
the Buggles’ “Video Killed The Radio Star” for the
soundtrack to upcoming film The Wedding Singer, starring
Formed in the early ’90s, the band’s self-titled 1995 eponymous
debut album sold four million copies and spawned three Top 10
singles including “Peaches”, “Kitty” and “Lump.”