Pure Love have announced an indefinite hiatus.
The two-piece group was formed by Frank Carter after leaving Gallows, and saw the UK punk unite with New York-based drummer Jim Carroll.
The news came in a series of tweets on Friday (February 7). The band wrote:
“Ok. It’s been long enough. Time for some news… After what can only be described as a “hard year” Jim and I have decided to hit the brakes and place Pure Love into the phantom zone… It’s not an easy decision, and we both hate the term “indefinite hiatus” but that’s exactly where we are at…”
After what can only be described as a “hard year” Jim and I have decided to hit the brakes and place Pure Love into the phantom zone..
— PURE LOVE (@therealpurelove) February 7, 2014
The group then announced that they would be capping off the project with live shows in May and a tour-only 7-inch containing three new songs.
They wrote: “Please join us in May to celebrate a couple hard years, one beautiful record, and lots of brilliant shows with you amazing people… We will be playing our only shows this year in the UK where you have all been so great to us. We look forward to seeing you all there x… We will have new music to buy on the tour! Brand new 7″ with three songs that we recorded last year with the mighty @mastersreality !!”
On Facebook, Carroll elaborated: “So as you may have heard we, Pure Love, have decided to take a step back from things for the time being. Frank and I both hate the term “indefinite hiatus” but that seems to be the only way to put it at the moment. There is no ill will or drama, we’ve both just had a difficult year trying to make this thing work and it’s taken quite a bit out of us. We plan on doing some “final” shows come Spring so we hope to see as many of you as possible. Thanks to all of you for your love and support over the last couple of years, it’s been an amazing ride. PURE LOVE FOREVER. MMXIV”
Formed in 2012, Carter told NME at the time that Pure Love was a chance to liberate himself from playing the kind of heavy music he’d become famous for in Gallows. “We both decided that we didn’t want to play heavy music anymore,” he said. “We’d both played punk music for a long time and we wanted to do something different. We had a wealth of music between us and we just wanted to play fun rock’n’roll music without any of the stress.”
Carter also said that he didn’t mind much whether people liked his new band or not, saying:
This is what I have to give you, if you like it, that’s great, if you don’t, go fuck yourself.