The Detroit garage rock duo, The White Stripes, have called it a day. After over 10 years together and six albums the band have decided to put their matching red, white and black outfits back in the wardrobe and hang up their cut price instruments.

The duo first came to prominence in 2001 with the release of their third album, White Blood Cells, often playing second fiddle in the popularity stakes to poster boys of the time, The Strokes.

The band, who have been inactive since their 2007 album Icky Thump remain ambiguous over reasons for the split stating “The split is not due to artisitc differences or lack of wanting to continue, nor any health issues as both of Meg and Jack are feeling fine and in good health.”

The ambiguity of the split shouldn’t be surprising seeing as Jack and Meg had us thinking they were brother and sister for several years before the truth emerged that they were, in fact, a divorced couple.

The band became known for their ferocious live shows and parred down recordings, eventually proving themselves to be a much more interesting proposition than their garage rock counterparts, The Strokes.

To reminisce over the demise of this once great band, and wallow in the realisation that all we’ll be hearing from Jack White in the future is the sub-standard Racounters and The Dead Weather, here’s a video of the duo performing their breakthrough hit, Hotel Yorba, at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom in 2004.