The band have played some 350 shows since forming in Canberra in 1995. In a statement released this morning they said they could “blame no one but themselves for either their longevity or their demise”. Their final show will take place at The Annandale Hotel in their adopted hometown of Sydney on December 1, with support from Youth Group’s Toby Martin.
One of the first bands to work with Winterman & Goldstein, the management company that later tasted international success with Jet and The Vines, the band released three albums including Picture a Hum, Can’t Hear a Sound (2000), Crossed Lines (2004) and The Bells Line (2007). Their most recent album, 2010’s Good Fortune, was “described by FL”: http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/26131/78-Saab—Good-Fortune as “finding the right balance between light and dark, whimsy and poignancy and all the while retaining a crystal glow and muted reverence”.
Other career highlights include several Big Day Out, Homebake and Falls Festival appearances and support slots for the likes of The Shins, Guided By Voices and Band of Horses.
To coincide with the band’s farewell, debut Picture A Hum, Can’t Hear A Sound and EPs Eastwards By Removal and Hello Believers have been made available via iTunes.
78 SAAB FINAL SHOW
-By Darren Levin