They could have been the next Fleetwood Mac, but their off-stage drama ultimately did the band in. (So they were the next Fleetwood Mac, in a way, just not the important way.) Led by ex-child stars Jenny Lewis (The Wizard, ) and Blake Sennett (Salute Your Shorts), California rock/pop outfit Rilo Kiley always seemed just one step away from the big time, with the sound, the songwriting and the backstory that should have had them destined for near-greatness. But it only ever materialized into a couple of great almost-hits, and in-fighting between Lewis and Kiley—the two used to be an item, of course—always handicapped the band’s potential.
Now, Sennett says the band is no more. “I just felt like there was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to,” told Sennett to Spinner Magazine. “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.’” Sennett quoted Annie Hall to further explicate why the group should cease to be: “Relationships, like Woody Allen said, are either moving forward or they’re moving backwards, they either degrade or they grow and it was degrading to some certain extent in Rilo Kiley.”
Bummer. Not like we didn’t see this coming—final album Under the Blacklight wasn’t exactly a rip-roaring success (Sennett: “I don’t think it was our best record by far”), and reading the eye-openingly soap-ish feature story on the band that Strawberry Saroyan did for SPIN in 2007, it was pretty clear that they were not a band meant for Rolling Stones-like longevity. Still, given the couple glimpses we saw of what could’ve been for Rilo Kiley—”Portions for Foxes,” “The Moneymaker”—it’s unfortunate that it all went to pot like this. Like the man said, there’s nothing in this life sadder than wasted talent.