San Francisco rock quartet The Mallard are disbanding, according to bandleader, singer, and guitarist Greer McGettrick. After returning from its recent South by Southwest tour, McGettrick announced that the band -- which had slowly but steadily earned national attention on the strength of its dark, restless garage-rock -- was taking a hiatus. But she now confirms that the group is breaking up for good after two shows later this month. "I was the one that made the decision," she says, "Though I felt it was ending whether I wanted it to or not."
McGettrick became disenchanted with The Mallard's live set before the band's trip to SXSW. "I felt really burnt out on not only my songs, but music altogether, and wasn't looking forward to playing them every night for three weeks." She continues, "the tour was rough -- two breakdowns, long drives in pretty scary weather, missed the show we stayed out for, [and] we got cabin fever in the van." McGettrick insists that the problem-stricken tour is only one factor contributing to The Mallard's dissolution, though. She cites general artistic discontent with The Mallard's set as the primary reason. Referring to a confrontational set of covers at this year's Noise Pop festival, she says, "Throbbing Gristle covers became more interesting to me than the Mallard set."
As we explained in a profile of the group earlier this year, McGettrick founded The Mallard in 2011 as a three-piece, with Dylan Tidyman-Jones on drums and Dylan Edrich on bass. The lineup continuously evolved, eventually placing Miles Luttrell on bass, Dylan Tidyman-Jones on guitar, and Danny Kendrick on drums. In 2012, the Mallard released its first album, Yes On Blood, on Castle Face Records, the local imprint founded by Jon Dwyer of Thee Oh Sees. That same year, The Mallard released a split single with Thee Oh Sees as part of a series on the Famous Class imprint.
The Mallard's sophomore record will still be released via Castle Face records at an unspecified date this year. We're announcing here that it will be titled Finding Meaning in Deference. That's album cover art, above. McGettrick still intends to create a music video to coincide with the album, but the Mallard will not perform to support the record's release.
McGettrick expresses excitement about the prospect of new projects. "It's very freeing having something you're proud of and put a great deal of time, thought, sacrifice and emotion into and just letting it go," she says. "It's all temporary. And we're all going to die without a band."
The Mallard's final San Francisco show is April 18 at the Knockout with Lenz, Synthetic ID, and Pure Bliss.