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The future seemed bright for the New York City rockers; they recently opened a string of dates for The Killers and are signed to Julian Casblancas’ label Cult Records. However, five years after breaking onto the scene with their hit “Rich Girls”, the band has decided to end their endeavor. Frontman Donald Cumming posted this message on the front page of the band’s website: “There’s nothing I’d hoped to do with The Virgins that we haven’t done. It’s been an incredible experience and I want to thank everyone who was a part of it, but now it’s time to move on. I’ll see you in my dreams.” Elaborating, Cumming told Rolling Stone. “I was a young guy and wanted to be in a band and it was great, but I don’t feel that way anymore. I’m an adult now and I think there’s something really unsettling about a grown man walking around pretending to be a teenager.”
While Cumming added that “there was no internal strife that led to the decision,” it seems like the decision came solely from him. He is reported to be starting work on a solo record in the coming weeks, saying “I just want to keep doing new things. I was really proud of the last record and it’s a great feeling to end the band in a place where I’m really happy. I don’t know what the next thing would be except to try something I have never done before.”
Their two-month 2014 tour of Europe has been canceled and refunds are being issued for tickets sold in advance. We’ll wait for more announcements from Cumming as well as from the rest of the band.