Leeds band Black Wire announce split

Bassist speaks about group's demise

Black Wire bassist Tom Greatorex has spoken about the split of the band.

The Leeds band formed in 2003 and toured with the likes of The Libertines and The Cribs.

They released their debut album in 2005 and were working on a follow-up when they broke up.

Speaking about the split, Greatorex said: “I’m sat here trying to comprehend writing an obituary for the single most beloved thing in my life and for every emotion that may be coursing through my veins I can’t find a single word, mumble, utterance or sob that conveys how I feel while I’m up these walls and down this well.

“There are no smart words, picturesque analogies or romantic ramblings that can replace or cover up pure heart felt emotion, and so the simple, the most direct, honest and throat choked way I can say what I want is this…I am empty and heartbroken that Black Wire have had to disband. I’m angry and upset but not at anyone.”

Suggesting the split was due to the machinations of the music industry (the band left their label 48 Crashes in 2006) Greatorex said: “Most bands sign off in a flurry of flicked wrist comments and off handed spoutations of how dreadful and weary the music industry is.

It is. They are. It always will be.

“I advise anyone starting a band to stick every finger, toe and tongue up to the grinding rusty cogs of mindlessness.”