Published Oct 23, 2009With their third album, Klang, set to drop in North America next week, UK post-punk quartet the Rakes have decided to call it quits. While it's unclear whether or not they split amicably, an official statement from the band suggests they threw in the towel due to exhaustion.
Here's the band's full statement as it appears on their official site:
To our fans, sorry if this abrupt end is an unpleasant surprise and might piss any of you off, particularly those who were coming to see us on our UK and U.S. tours. Under the circumstances we just couldn't continue... We of course don't want to piss anyone off, we never took canceling shows lightly, but it's best to leave you all on a high note, rather than unimaginatively continue on and on until before you know it you're playing an OAP home in Eastbourne and discover all the audience are younger than you.
Sincere thanks for all your support. Here's our collective thoughts:
The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100% to every gig we've ever played. If we can't give it everything we won't do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one.
After much deliberation we have come to the shared conclusion that we can't give it 100% anymore and regret to announce that The Rakes are calling it a day. We are sorry to let down all the people who were coming to see us on the UK and U.S. tours. Writing your own obituary is a surreal thing to do but we want to give particular thanks to our much-loved fans, all the great people we've worked with over the years, our management and loyal record label. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write music together and perform around the world. Genuinely, thanks for the good times... That was one hell of a party! But now we really must get some sleep.
Unfortunately, this means that the Rakes were forced to cancel all of their upcoming tour dates, including Canadian shows in Toronto and Montreal.
Here are the cancelled tour dates:
10/27 Bristol, England - O2 Academy Bristol
10/28 Birmingham, England - O2 Academy Birmingham
10/29 London, England - Forum
10/31 Los Angeles, CA - Roxy
11/1 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
11/3 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
11/4 Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
11/6 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
11/7 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
11/9 Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
11/10 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
11/11 Allston, MA - Great Scott
11/12 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom