Boygenius is going on hiatus. As alluded to by Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus during their Thursday (Feb. 1) acoustic shows in Los Angeles, they are indeed planning to put an indefinite stopper on band activities following a breakthrough year for the supergroup.
Fans who were invited to the band’s duo of back-to-back private concerts at The Smell tweeted that the three indie musicians had said onstage they’d be “going away for the foreseeable future.” A video from the evening also shows Dacus telling the crowd, “This is our last show, and we’re feeling it.”
A representative for Boygenius confirmed to Billboard that the trio will be stepping back, as the group indicated on stage, but offered no further details. The band has not yet posted about the hiatus on social media.
The announcement caps off a sensational year for Baker, Bridgers and Dacus, who originally debuted Boygenius in 2018 with the release of their self-titled EP. The three musicians then returned to their respective solo careers before reuniting in 2023, releasing their first full-length album, The Record, in March followed by a four-track EP, The Rest, in October. The group toured in support of the album throughout much of the year, playing shows and festival appearances across North America and Europe.
Upon its release, The Record scored the band its first entry on the Billboard 200, where it peaked at No. 4 and remained on the chart for a total of 14 weeks. The project also earned Baker, Bridgers and Dacus six nominations at the 2024 Grammys — which they’re expected to attend Sunday (Feb. 4) — including album of the year, best alternative music album and record of the year for single “Not Strong Enough.”
From the beginning, Boygenius has been open about the fact that its latest run would be temporary, given the demands of each member’s solo endeavors. “I think people know this is a rarity and that there’s no guarantee that it’ll continue,” Dacus told Billboard during an interview with the band in April. “Like, we will continue to be Boygenius and be friends, but we also will get back to our own things.”
She added: “I think people have this awareness that to be present with it now is really to be existing in a moment.”