The group are no longer with Virgin...

BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB have parted company with their record label.

A source close to the band has told NME.COM that the decision to split with Virgin was a joint one.

The band are now in talks with other labels.

Speaking about the split, Robert Turner said: “As of 5 days ago it’s official, we are free free free from Virgin Records. We’ve been fighting to get out of our record contract for the last 6 months and are sorry we couldn’t tell anyone about this but it was a very delicate thing that we didn’t ever want to become ugly. There are many reasons we wanted to leave Virgin but instead of going into that, and digging up the past, we’d rather just look forward.

“We’re going back to basics, when things felt right and we did things more ourselves. This is actually the greatest day in our band’s somewhat short history. We have many plans for what we’re going to do next and how and who with we’re gonna release our records.

“The only thing that there is not to celebrate right now is that our 3rd single ‘In Like The Rose’ could possibly fall between the cracks in all of this. We’re trying to get help from outside promoters to get the single out there but it’s hard.

“The support you give us now though is what we really need. Just calling up your radio station or whatever in the city you live in and asking to play the song is a big deal. I know it sounds like a pitch or whatever but the song means more to us than anything and we want it to be heard.”

NME.COM understands the band’s forthcoming UK and Irish tour will not be affected by the split.

The dates are as follows:

Sheffield Leadmill (May 9)

Middlesborough Empire (10)

Preston The Mill (11)

Belfast Mandela Hall (12)

Dublin Ambassador Hall (13)

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