CATATONIA‘s record label have vigorously denied rumours that the band are on the verge of splitting.
Reports circulating on UK websites claim that relationships within the band are breaking down, that frontwoman Cerys Matthews – who was admitted to a rehab clinic last week suffering from exhaustion exacerbated by alcohol and smoking – turns up for gigs and leaves at the end, and the rest of the band members are not on speaking terms with her.
However a spokesperson told NME.COM that the stories are “complete rubbish”.
“There is nothing in it at all, I don’t know who the ‘source’ is. The thing about Cerys turning up for the gigs and going straight off at the end is complete rubbish. She’s very much talking to the guys, and they are very concerned about her.”
The spokesperson said that the band were “disappointed and frustrated” at having to put promotion for their new album ‘Paper Scissors Stone’ (released on Monday, August 6) on hold and cancel this weekend’s appearances at Witnness Festival in Ireland on Saturday (August 4) and their headline slot at Guildford Live on Sunday (5).
“But their first and foremost priority is her well-being. They’ve been together for a long, long time and [Cerys’ well-being] is their first concern. They just want her to get well,” she said, adding that they are intending to play their forthcoming UK tour in September.
The dates are:
Birmingham Academy (September 17)
London Forum (19)
London Shepherd’s Bush Empire (20)
Bristol Colston Hall (22)
Manchester Academy (23)
Nottingham Rock City (25)
Port Talbot Afan Lido (26)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (28)
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