The band call it a day after a three-night residency in London later this month...
MY LIFE STORY will split after their three-night residency at the LONDON CAMDEN UNDERWORLD from December 13-15, NME.COM can reveal.
The leftfield pop band, who’ve had five Top 40 hits in the UK, are playing the gigs as their swansong over here after deciding to call it a day.
Frontman Jake Shillingford confirmed to NME.COM: “These three Christmas shows will be
our last in the UK. The band always maintained that they would split if they no longer felt valid, and since the release of this year’s album ‘Joined Up Talking’ have felt unable to expand their appeal beyond that of their loyal fan base. The band are looking forward to the three shows immensely and will be covering all three albums with the full line-up.”
Jake continued: “The saddest thing about it is that the band are all really good friends still. It’s hard to break up something that you love, but ultimately, it’s good for artists to have to move on.”
Jake also revealed that he has already started on a new project with My Life Story orchestral arranger Aaron Cahill and had been writing new songs for Yours, the new band formed by former theaudience svengali Billy Reeves, the man who discovered Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
The MLS Orchestra will be playing at the Underworld gigs, as well as the core line-up of Jake Shillingford on vocals/guitar, Paul Siepel, aka “The Crow”, on bass and vocals, Danny Turner on synthesisers and Simon Wray (drums).
The band, who formed properly in 1993 after a tentative one-off start in 1987, released their first album ‘Mornington Crescent’ through tiny independent Mother Tongue in 1994, after Jake had recruited his 12-piece My Life Story orchestra from the Royal Academy Of Music.
MLS were then signed in 1995 by Parlophone and went on to have five Top 40 singles for them before being dropped in 1997 as the record industry grew increasingly shy of having any vaguely ‘alternative’ acts on their rosters.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s It records then signed the band in February 1999. The band released their third and last album ‘Joined Up Talking’ through the label early this year, but it failed to make much impression on the charts or the music press. The band and the label parted company last month. However, the band are still signed to US label Le Grand Majestry and hope to play one more tour over there before finishing business Stateside.
Support on the first of their Underworld dates comes from Auralax, then Yours on December 14 and Fortune West on December 15.
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