John Reis pulls plug on Sultans
John Reis is trying his best to dissapear from the music spotlight completely. 2005 saw Reis disband both Hot Snakes and Rocket From the Crypt, and now, in a message left on the Swami Records message board, Reis has revealed that Sultans will play one final show, on January 10, before joining his other projects in the rubble heap. The performance, at the Casbah in San Diego, is part of the Fourth Project benefit show.
As for the reason why Reis is calling it quits, here is the entire statement he released about the break-up:
“The Sultans have been on permanent hiatus ever since the last time we played. Mario [Rubalcaba, drummer] and his wife had a baby, and a couple months after my wife and I had one too. Prior to this I was already thinking of wrapping things up with all the musical endeavors in my life and to simplify things by focusing on one thing at a time. I am no longer interested in playing in different bands and spreading my efforts thinly. So, I came to the realization that I needed to slam the door shut with an intention of permenance so a new musical identity would have room to germinate.
So now, the Sultans play one more time in hopes of helping out our good friend. If it wasn’t for this benefit we would not be playing again. It will not be a teary goodbye. I definitely don’t want to say we will never EVER play again, but I just don’t see it happening. So we are letting everybody know, ‘Hey check it out if you wanna because this is most likely the last time we will be playing.’ The Sultans do not have the history or the dediction of the other musical endeavors I have preoccupied myself with. That was the intention of the band in the first place. I always thought of the band as a sand castle out of grease and chicken guts and now the tide of blood and seminal fluid will wash us back out to the sinister abyss from where we came.” R.I.P. Sultans