This week 14 years ago, Dallas's then-next-big-thing, Tablet, suddenly decided to call it quits.
Well, actually, according to the story written by former Observer music scribe Matt Weitz, the only one who was ready to break up the band was lead singer Steve Holt (no, not the guy from Arrested Development). The rest of the members of the band, and their manager, had no idea it was coming.
But the band's major label deal with Mercury Records had grown stale, and Holt was ready to move onto a new project. For a few years after, his band Ohno made a splash in the local scene, but failed to live up to the success that Tablet had earned. His next band, The Now, was even shorter lived.
We Believe Local Journalism is Critical to the Life of a City
Engaging with our readers is essential to the Observer's mission. Make a financial contribution or sign up for a newsletter, and help us keep telling Dallas's stories with no paywalls.
Support Our Journalism
Now, Holt finds himself in a place he's never been before: He stands stage right, giving up vocal duties to Kenneth Kemp, in the band Binary Sunrise, who released their self-titled debut on Good Records Recordings in 2009.
Tablet's Paul Williams has since taken a different approach. He's been producing records in Dallas for the past decade. His discography includes Danny Balis Too Much Living, Air Review Landmarks, several Polyphonic Spree records, and many, many more. Hit the jump to read the entire story of this band's demise.
If that margin is too tight, check the story in the Observer archives.