It is with both sadness and a healthy dose of cathartic relief that I confirm Grammatics’ plans to disband at the end of August.
The last four and a half years have been a tumultuous ride to say the least; we've both eclipsed our early expectations and had to face a seemingly infinite series of difficult setbacks. It's been both fun and utterly maddening, inspiring and crushing.
We now finally face a set of circumstances that are truly impossible to overcome and realise that the only logical way to continue to move forward with our lives is to put Grammatics to rest.
In order to give the band a fitting cheerio we've decided to record an EP of new material (which we had been writing for album no. 2) and release it in conjunction with www.pledgemusic.com
The EP will be entitled 'KRUPT' and will contain 5-6 brand new tracks, a few of which you may have overheard live during the past 6 months or so. We will record it at the start of August with ‘Fifth Grammatic’ James Kenosha, and embark on a farewell tour shortly after (dates and ticket links below).
We were convinced to work with Pledge after witnessing the success of one of our all-time favourites Gang of Four’s involvement with the company, quickly followed in the past few weeks by our good friends I LIKE TRAINS. Pledge is a site where musicians offer a range of incentives to fans, aiming to reach a financial target. If the target isn’t reached then nobody is charged.
Frankly, we have unpaid debts, and are not individually in a position to settle them (which would be the case had we just decided to walk away without a fuss such as this). It is painful and depressing to have to discuss money, debt and the real world as an ‘artist’ to one’s fans – after all, art is our escape from all that – but cold hard reality, as much as we’ve tried to evade it, has finally caught up with us.
We are going to make the project personal, inviting and direct, at a grassroots level. It’s us answering emails, us providing the incentives, and us delivering them. We’ve struggled over the years, it’s unavoidable to say, but we have witnessed some of the most intense and inspiring enthusiasm for our music on the journey and we feel we have something to offer in return.
We’ve racked our brains and tried to come up with incentives that are truly unique and appealing. From standard fare like CDs and T-shirts, we’ve also decided to offer irreplaceable Grammatics paraphernalia and the opportunity to have us perform a private show for you, amongst other things. We urge you to take a look at the site and see if there’s anything that takes your fancy.
Our sincerest apologies go out to anyone upset by this news. We've fought tooth and nail for a long time to work around our obstacles, but we finally realise we must accept that Grammatics has run its course. We agreed that after James decided to step down from the band a few months ago that the project had almost transmuted and changed beyond recognition of the original incarnation circa late 2005. Grammatics has always been a complex, interwoven and intense arrangement of people, and it seemed that the essence of the band would be all but lost if we tried to continue with yet another new member.
The four of us remain friends – hopefully this is evident by our commitment to see the project to as dignified a conclusion as we can give it. We believe the music waiting to be recorded is the best we’ve ever produced, and this is part of why we felt we had to release a final document of the band, regardless of our financial obligations.
Hopefully we’ll see you in August at one/some of the following (ticket links to follow):
Aug 12 – Birmingham – TBC
Aug 13 – The Lexington in London -
Aug 14 – Start The Bus in Bristol -
Aug 15 – The Deaf Institute in Manchester -
Aug 16 – The Captains Rest in Glasgow -
Aug 17 – Stereo in York -
Aug 19 – New Slang in Kingston –
Our last ever show will be in Leeds at the end of the tour. Details will be announced shortly.
Thank you for your support.