It's official. El Grupo Sexo has called it quits on the eve of a holiday benefit show the band was to headline and just as the band's second album is due to be released.
After six years, the Orange County musicians whose funk-punk sounds and outrageous stage shows have endeared them to local audiences, music critics and college radio programmers nationwide, have disbanded, citing personality conflicts.
"The band broke up, that's about it," lead singer Jason Mann said this week. "We definitely won't be playing together."
According to woodwind player Tony Atherton, the split resulted from "a lack of communication and a lack of understanding. It was very surprising to me because it happened very fast and essentially, we all had the rug pulled out from under us."
Saxophonist and vocalist Vince Meghrouni added: "The decision to break up was a very painful and difficult one. When you've been together six years, you're not capricious about it (breaking up).