In a brief statement made around 3:12 am to their 6,000-odd [douban](http://www.douban.com) users, just hours after opening for [The Raveonettes](http://www.douban.com/artist/theraveonettes) at [Yugong Yishan](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/listings/nightlife/live_music/has/yugong-yishan/) in Beijing, Beijing indie-noise trio [Carsick Cars](http://www.douban.com/artist/carsickcars) officially announced the departure of founding members, drummer Li Qing and bassist Li Weisi.
A surprising move for a band that quickly vaulted up the Beijing rock ladder, Carsick Cars made their mark as a staple of the [D-22](http://www.cityweekend.com.cn/beijing/listings/nightlife/live_music/has/d-22/) / [Maybe Mars](http://www.maybemars.com) / No Beijing stable of bands, releasing two well-received albums between 2007-2009, playing important slots at basically every major Chinese festival, and touring abroad to play at Spain's Primavera Sound, Austin's SxSw and co-headlining a [landmark tour in New York in November 2009](http://newyork.timeout.com/music-nightlife/music/54468/carsick-cars-pk14) with labelmates [P.K. 14](http://www.douban.com/artist/pk14).
While chief sonic architect / guitarist Zhang Shou Wang plans on re-tooling the line-up and continuing CsC, history points at other bands that have tried similar feats, limping to the finish line: The Clash minus Mick Jones, Misfits sans Danzig, Smashing Pumpkins without James and D'Arcy, Slash-less Guns n' Roses.
For their part, the two Lis will continue on as part of [Snapline](http://www.douban.com/artist/snapline) and as the analog synth duo [Soviet Pop](http://www.douban.com/artist/sovietpop).
Don't quite call it a funeral, but it's now fair to be skeptical about the future of Carsick Cars.
Any voices in the crowd have any favorite Carsick Cars moments or anecdotes they'd like to share?
photo by 任航