Carissa’s Wierd always had a penchant for writing slow, sad songs about leaving (see 2002 album), and in 2003 they put their theories about goodbyes, loneliness, and missing friends into practice by breaking up after eight years together. (Mat Brooke and Ben Bridwell went on to form Band of Horses, but, continuing the trend, Brooke left that project in 2006.)
For the first time since 2003, Carissa’s Wierd will be reuniting on July 9 to play a show at the Showbox in Seattle, the band’s birth city. Mat Brooke and Jenn Ghetto will play alongside other original members Sarah Standard, Robin Peringer, and Sera Cahoone, with the potential for a few special guests. The concert – the only reunion show currently scheduled – comes only days before the release of They Only Miss You When You Leave: Songs 1996-2003, a retrospective CW compilation released by Hardly Art on July 13. According to Hardly Art’s website, reissues of the band’s three studio albums (out of print, in addition to the 2003 and 2004 compilations Scrap Book and I Before E) are in the workings for vinyl. I guess this means Carissa’s Wierd realized that somebody missed them after all. It was about damn time.