Fugazi is a legendary post-hardcore band from Washington, D.C. that formed in 1987 and achieved great success with their music in the 1990s and 2000s. The band broke up in 2003, and the story of what happened to Fugazi is one of the more intriguing tales in modern music.
History of Fugazi
Fugazi was formed in 1987 by Ian MacKaye and Guy Picciotto, both of whom had previously been members of the influential punk band Minor Threat. The band was rounded out by bassist Joe Lally and drummer Brendan Canty. The band’s first album, 1988’s "13 Songs," was critically acclaimed and is now regarded as one of the greatest albums of the post-hardcore genre.
The band’s sound was a mix of punk, hardcore, and experimental music that was both intricate and accessible. Their most successful album was 1994’s "Red Medicine," which is often cited as the definitive post-hardcore album. The band released six albums before their breakup in 2003, and they had a hugely influential career that spawned multiple bands influenced by their sound.
Breakup of Fugazi
The band began winding down their activities in 2001, and they officially announced their break-up in 2003. The band cited a desire to pursue other projects as the reason for their breakup. MacKaye went on to form the band The Evens, while Canty and Lally went on to form the band The Messthetics. Picciotto has continued to work as a producer and solo artist.
The band has remained on good terms since their breakup, and they have gone on to enjoy successful solo careers. The band has occasionally reunited for benefit concerts, most notably in 2005 when they reunited for the benefit of Hurricane Katrina victims. Despite their breakup, the band’s influence is still felt in the post-hardcore scene, and they are considered one of the most important bands of the genre.
Fugazi are one of the most important and influential bands of the post-hardcore scene, and their story of what happened to them after they broke up is one of the more intriguing tales in modern music. Though the band has broken up, their music has lived on and is still held up as an example of great post-hardcore music.