16volt has announced a permanent hiatus, according to founder and front man Eric Powell. “There are many factors that contribute to this decision,” Powell states via the announcement on the 16volt Facebook page, “including the retirement of 18 year member, Mike Peoples. We have many skeletons, ghosts and baggage and we are stifled by our own existence, the band has more than run it’s course.” Peoples’ retirement was announced in May through the band’s Facebook.
Powell continues, “It’s not over. This is the closing of a chapter but the beginning of a new one. I have started a new project with some great musicians and we look forward to announcing everything soon.”
Powell confirms that the music 16volt previewed earlier this year will still be released. Beginning in 1988, the coldwave act has released 11 studio albums to date, most recently featured on the Electronic Saviors III compilation and performing at both ColdWaves events in Chicago in 2012 and 2013.