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mega sad face indeed. Really liked Frames and Self Preserved..
hope some new, fresher projects form from this. they were never gonna top effloresce.
Sad news. Long live Kong.
but i much preferred effloresce over all.
real shame, liked all their albums but Effloresce really was a belter. The rest never quite lived up to it (for me). Kong are pretty ace too.
self preserved wasn't their strongest by far but it had some cracking moments including "it's my tail...."
my favourite band, saw them countless times
the fuck off dvd live set of every album will have to do for the rest of time.....want to cry
I thought this was going to be exciting news of a new split release.
I've been listening to them all day.
They have left us with a massive back catalogue of music, though.
'Dead Dogs and Sleeping Lions' was my personal favourite. Like one track superimposed on top of another.
*sigh* *pout* *slump*
this band would be as big as Muse - Stunning musicians, great vocals, melodies, textures and rhythyms - RIP - Looking forward to new bands from the ashes
My girlfriend used to go out with one of them and said she'd heard they were splitting. Was really hoping it was just talk. It's still hard to believe Effloresce is a debut album and, although they never quite topped it, they never put out anything less than excellent. They leave a beautiful corpse to be sure.
and released a few EPs. it's a corker though, for sure
My favourite band. Have they made any sort of statement about it?
Kong are fucking great though, the phoenix from the ashes.
was it Jonsi, or Godspeed!? Either way, they were fucking abysmal.
when i said 'just' i didn't mean it in a derogatory way, just saying he hasn't joined biffy as far as i'm aware. he seems to be loving that job, his face says it all!
didn't even get to see them. gutted
they were amazing live too.
Massive fan and so glad I caught them live last October- it had been eight years since I'd last seen them, and just in time I guess.
Frames is my personal favourite, it flows perfectly, but every release is great.
Still, I love Kong, and look forwards to more releases from other projects.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and say the quality and consistency of their material makes them the best British band of the last decade.
Well done guys, keep up the good music.
all 4 albums and 2 EPs (if I've captured everything?) were fantastic, they never delivered a bad one as far as I'm concerned.
Feed to feed is great too but I'd have expected some kind of documentary with it being a DVD but no such joy alas.
Stunningly tight live band and seemed to be nice chaps too. When you look at bands like Reuben and Hell is for Heroes it seems suprising the 'size even lasted as long as they did, for which I'm grateful.
Tortuous time-signatures, intricate guitar-lines, outstanding drummer! I guess - and it's a guess - that lasting success eluded them because their music lacked a real emotional punch, which is something that less overtly technical bands like Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky or This Will Destroy You do well.
It saddens me too that their split seems to have been not even been deemed noteworthy news on this very website.
Deserves a retrospective feature of some sort, no? History will surely mark them down as one of the defining acts of their generation. A shame so many have never heard them. They deserved much more support than they got and its a testament to their belief and strength that they continued for as long as they did. It's times such as this that some corners of the music industry in the this country really strike me as vapid, London-centric monkeys with their heads firmly up their arses.
Best of luck with future projects guys, take heart in the fact that on your day NOBODY could top you.
ps. that last comment about 'lack of emotional punch' - you gotta be kidding right?! I can't think of many bands who have connected with people on the consistently deep level that these guys did with those who cared about their music.
Lucky enough to see them three times -
Supporting Biffy Clyro @ The Plug in Sheffield 'bout '06 i think. At the time, i was a massive Biffy fan, but couldn't believe it when 5 scruffy looking blokes ambled onstage and BLEW everyone away.
Supporting Smashing Pumpkins @ Nottingham Arena. Just got there in time to see their last two songs, again just flooring all who watched. SP came onstage and proceeded to vomit all over their legacy.
Headlining Manchester Academy last year playing loads of new stuff.
Best UK band since My Vitriol, incredible body of work, lovely chaps, will be greatly missed
not the best news to stumble across! I've loved Oceansize for years, glad that I got to see them three or four times.
That's decided what I'm going to be listening to today then!
lists a butt-load of new projects, good times.
Particularly interested in Mike & Gambler's.
No projects involving Steve Durose whatsoever.