THE BETA BAND have announced they are to split after eight years.
The group, who released their album ’Heroes To Zeros’ this year, have decided to call it a day.
A statement reads: “All good things must come to an end. And so it is that after eight years of creating consistently innovative music, releasing three critically acclaimed albums and staging some legendary live shows, the Beta Band have decided to call it a day.
”Always regarded as something of an enigma by the media but widely recognised to be one of the UK’s most influential bands, this year’s ’Heroes To Zeros’ proved not only their most successful but most cohesive and engaging album to date.
”Sadly, eight years of hard work and critical acclaim but little return in terms of commercial success inevitably takes its toll and a group decision was made to finally lay the band to rest.”
Band member Steve Mason said: “The minority is always right. I left the room with silent dignity but caught my foot on the mat, and a thousand, thousand slimy things lived on, and so did I. This is adding insult to injuries. By the way, who’s your fat friend?”
Richard Greentree added: “The Beta Band apple has over ripened and become riddled with maggots, it must fall from the tree and let its seeds return to ground. Sincere thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way, see you in the Spring”.
The band are planning a farewell UK tour in the autumn. A DVD of the band’s videos and films is also in the works.