London art-rock band the Rakes have announced they are to split up.

A planned UK tour for this month will now be cancelled.

A statement from the band read: “The Rakes have always been very adamant and proud of the fact that we give 100 per cent to every gig we’ve ever played.

“If we can’t give it everything then we won’t do it. That was the rule we set ourselves from day one. After much deliberation we have come to the shared conclusion that we can’t give it 100 per cent any more and regret to announce that The Rakes are calling it a day.”

“Writing your own obituary is a surreal thing to do. But we want to give particular thanks to our much-loved fans, all the great people we’ve worked with over the years, our management and loyal record label. We feel privileged to have had the opportunity to write music together and perform around the world. Genuinely, thanks for the good times… that was one hell of a party! But now, we really must get some sleep.”

The band’s October tour, due to start in Leeds next week, will now not take place, and American dates planned by the band are also cancelled. The band apologise for cancelling the dates and all ticket holders will be refunded.

The Rakes released three studio albums, their critically succesful debut Capture/Release in 2004, follow-up Ten New Messages in 2006 and earlier this year their third record Klang, which was recorded in Berlin. Capture/Release and Ten New Messages both scraped into the top 40 album chart but Klang didn’t match that feat. They were one of many bands to ride the wave of support for the indie/art-rock movement boosted by the appearance of first the Strokes and then, over in Britain, the Libertines.

The wags have already started dancing on the band’s grave, with one commenting via Twitter: “Presumably the lead singer has got a 22k job in the city.”

This article was written for TMM.

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