A statement issued by Reckless Management reads:
"Four members of Houston 500 quit because of differences in the band. These four will form a new band and are writing new songs. The new album will not be released. Global Warming Records and Reckless Management will continue to work with the four if they make a successful band (sic)."
Manager Tom O'Connor did not specify a reason for the split. DiS previously reported that frontman Dave had gone AWOL but O'Connor confirmed that he had spoken to the singer and that he was in rude health.
O'Connor said he was "Gutted" by the split but felt that the remaining four were "Fired up enough by the split to make a real go of it."
The band's management are now looking for a new singer, specifically "Any singers with songwriting capablities and out-of-control stage presence". Interested parties should contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houston 500, who used to rehearse in a former bomb shelter, only recently signed a deal with Global Warming at last September's 'In The City'. Houston 500 drew critical praise from the likes of 'Rocksound', 'The Fly' and 'Logo', among others, for their often confrontational live performances and their not-so-festive Christmas-period single, 'Queen Of The Crackwhores'.
All scheduled live dates, including tomorrow night's gig at Nottingham Junktion 7, and a performance at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, have been cancelled.