Bands That Took A Long Time Between Albums

Hiatuses from break ups, children and more

Whether it’s a hiatus, break up and reunion, or obsessing over the perfect song, sometimes it takes a band years to release a new album. Here are 9 bands who took an extremely long time between albums, but we’re happy they finally came back.

Modest Mouse

Modest Mouse blame their almost 8 years between albums on a few different factors, including having to find a new bass player after Eric Judy quit to spend more time with his family. They also went through multiple producers, but the main factor was Isaac Brock wanting to put out a great album and, as time went on and on, he felt more and more pressure.


Limblifter’s Ryan Dahle, who wrote, produced, mixed, mastered, and engineered their recent album Pacific Milk, partially credits his Mounties bandmate Hawksley Workman for their first album in 11 years. He said a lot of his friends pushed him, but Hawksley was excited about the demos and wouldn’t stop going on about them and pushed him to finish.


Pixies released 4 albums in 4 years between 1988-1991, and they released their 5th (and first without Kim Deal) 23 years later in April of 2014.


Portishead can blame their hiatus on working on other projects and solo albums as the reason it took 11 years between their sophomore album and 2008’s Third.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Godspeed You! Black Emperor released Yanqui U.X.O. in 2002, and it would be 10 years before they released Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! that would win the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.


Blur have done the odd recording and tour date since Graham Coxon left the band in 2002 and they released The Think Tank in 2003. It wasn’t until they were stuck in Hong Kong for 5 days after a cancelled Japanese tour in 2013 that they decided to spend their time in a studio there. From those sessions came the songs for The Magic Whip released in April 2015.

Kate Bush

It took 12 years between Kate Bush’s 1993 album The Red Shoes and 2005’s Aerial simply because she took time off to raise her son.

The Verve

The Verve is a special band because they’ve broken up three times. Before breaking up the second time they released Urban Hymns in 1997 and before their third break up, they released Fourth in 2008, 11 years later.

Guns N’ Roses

And Guns N’ Roses make this list just because Chinese Democracy famously took 17 years to come out, with loads of hype in between.