HAREM SCAREM Drummer Creighton Doane Discusses 2008 Split - "Go Out While It’s Not A Complete Mess And You’re Still Making Good Music"
June 10, 2010, 4 years ago
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In a recent interview discussing his new solo EP, Pilot Error, former HAREM SCAREM drummer Creighton Doane discussed the band's low key split in 2008:
“There were no falling outs or personality problems, it was more a matter of time,” Doane explains. “People were getting busy with other projects and I think it just became one of those things where lives go on and you want to do something else. I wasn’t one of the driving forces in Harem Scarem; I came in about half way through their career, but we certainly enjoyed and continue to enjoy working with each other. I was happy to be a part of the band even though I wasn’t really driving things creatively. It got to the point where Pete and Harry just decided that after 20 years, a lot of releases and records, were they really going to do something that hasn’t been done before? I guess they were asking if they had more to offer and if it was going to be rewarding in light of other things going on, and I think it felt like a respectful time to hang it up.”
“Go out while it’s not a complete mess and you’re still making good music,” he offers. “There’s a risk of becoming redundant and then becoming a parody of yourself. We did some of the European festivals and we saw some of those artists that have become a cartoon, people 10 or 15 years older than us. They still play great, but it’s like they’re living in a bubble. It’s an awesome escape and they’re getting away from the drudgery of every day life, but for us it was the kind of thing where, to do Harem Scarem every once in a while but not at the same level as we’d like to, it just seemed better to put things away. Maybe there’ll be a great opportunity for a reunion, who knows? Everyone in the band gets along famously, we work together all the time, so there’s a sense that it’s not completely over. But still, it was the best thing to do.”
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