Top 5 Indie Couples Who Just Couldn’t Make It

Sure we could’ve written about all those cute indie couples who stay together- Nathan Williams (Wavves) and Bethany Cosentino (Best Coast), or Arcade Fire’s married couple, Win Butler and Regine Chassagne. But we decided against it, because the life-blood of indie rock is heartbreak. Without heartbreak, we wouldn’t have had some of the coolest alternative tunes that are now embedded in our hearts and minds.

Let me present to you our Top 5 Indie Couples who just couldn’t make it work-

5. Alexa Chung and Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)

They’re both called Alex! Can you believe it!? THE SAME NICKNAME? That would lead to some pretty awkward dinner party conversation, right? Maybe that’s why they split. Or maybe it’s because Chung is famous for being famous, and Turner has y’know, talent.

4. Zooey Deschanel (She & Him) and Ben Gibbard 

Deschanel has a really pretty face. Like really pretty. And it seems that she’s come away from this divorce happy, grinning, being manic and pixie as ever. And Gibbard is whining as expected, because you know he’s in Death Cab for Cutie and someday might be loved.

3. Karen Elson and Jack White (The White Stripes)

So you expected us to write about Jack and Meg White and how they managed to get married, split and still stay a band? About how Jack White took Meg White’s last name and never let go? Yeah, nah. Because his split with Karen Elson, model and indie music underdog, was way more fun. They had a party and everything! A hum dinger!

2. P.J. Harvey and Nick Cave

A match made in the stars right? Collaborating together their songs were beautiful, they were beautiful, they made brooding indie into what it is today. But sadly things didn’t last. She did not run into his arms. But I’m just a bit sad that I was too young when they were the hip and happenin’ couple.

1. Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore

Back in October when they announced their split, I was pretty distraught. What would become of Sonic Youth!? What would I do all day if I couldn’t spin their vinyls around? If after being married for 27 years, they couldn’t make it, what chance do I have of maintaining a fulfilling relationship? They’re just so god damn cool!

Words by Hannah Story.


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